For your exciting Northern Lights Tour, you will be picked up from your hotel or guest-house in Reykjavik 30 minutes before start time and will set off in search of one of the world's greatest natural wonders.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen as waves of brilliantly colored light dancing across the Arctic sky. The Lights originate from the sun, where large explosions and electronic storms throw flares and solar particles deep into space. These clouds of solar particles are caught by the Earth’s magnetic field at the south and north poles. The particles collide with the gases of Earth’s atmosphere and cause them to glow – just like gas in a fluorescent tube. The colors formed depend on the type of gas – oxygen glows red or green while nitrogen produces blue or purple lights.
The Northern Lights are seen in winter, usually on clear crisp nights in places far away from city lights.
Before starting this tour, the activity operator always checks the weather forecast around the south western part of Iceland. From experience, they decide where each journey will lead for the best possibilities to see the Northern Lights.
The tour will take you to all the places where these Northern Lights are most likely to be seen. However, the activity operator cannot guarantee that you will witness the spectacle. If the Lights are not seen you will be offered a second tour free of charge.
At the end of the excursion you will be dropped back at your accommodation.
See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered