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Iceland Northern Lights Tour - from Reykjavik

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Key Highlights

  • Our local partners have years of experience in tracking the Northern Lights and this tour is carefully researched to give the best chance of a sighting
  • If you don’t see the Northern Lights on your first tour you will be offered a second tour FREE!
  • Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights
  • Enjoy tracking down the elusive auroras
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    25 Aug - 15 Apr: Daily


    3 – 5 hours

    Start time

    25 Aug - 14 Sep: 9:00pm
    15 Sep - 31 Mar: 8:00pm & 9:00pm
    01 Apr - 15 Apr: 9:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik.
    (Please mention your hotel / guesthouse details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered

    Pickup and drop-off service will not be provided from Laugavegur and Hverfisgata streets of the city.

    Alternate meeting point: You can meet the tour directly at Holtagarðar 10, 104 Reykjavík. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

    Ending Point

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel/guest house in Reykjavik

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Join us for a thrilling night-time adventure to find one of Mother Nature’s greatest showstoppers – the magical phenomenon known as the Northern Lights.

    Far from the glow of the city, we will hunt for the magnificent but elusive auroras, best seen on cold, clear nights in winter. If conditions are right, we may be lucky enough to witness the awesome spectacle of the Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the sky in vivid colors and dramatic patterns.

    Unfortunately the Northern Lights do truly represent nature at its best and are as unpredictable as they are stunning. Our local activity operator has years of experience in tracking the Northern Lights and will carefully research conditions on the day of the tour to give you the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. However if you do not see the Northern Lights you will be offered another Northern Lights tour free of charge. Therefore you are recommended to book this for a night early during your stay in Iceland.

    Looking for a more intimate experience? We also offer a premium version of this tour click here to see the details >>


    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. The waves of brilliantly coloured light dancing across the Arctic sky have been astounding visitors for decades. 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 the 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, their decisions based on the giving travellers best possible opportunity 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel/guesthouse pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned/heated coach
    • English-speaking driver /guide


    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the pick-up details. Pick-up from hotels and guesthouses is 30 minutes before start time.

    The Northern Lights are visible from August through to April but can only be seen on a clear night. Therefore, the tour company reserves the right to cancel this tour if the evening sky is heavily clouded or weather conditions are not favourable. A decision is taken daily at 6:00pm whether the tour will take place or not. All hotels and booking agents in Reykjavik are informed by email about the decision so please contact the front desk of your hotel or check with our local partner to find out whether the tour will operate.

    The tour company cannot guarantee sightings of the Northern Lights even if the tour operates. If the tour runs and the Lights are not seen the company will offer customers a second Northern Lights tour free of charge.

    Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up services are not provided from private addresses.

    Pickup and drop-off service will not be provided from Laugavegur and Hverfisgata streets of the city.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.For your comfort, safety and convenience while in Iceland we work with a supplier who:has one of the youngest coach fleet in Iceland. Comfortable coaches with air condition, seatbelts and free WiFi. Offers pick up and drop off service at all licensed hotels and guesthouses in the capital area that have at least 10 rooms. Has a 24 hour telephone service which can be used by all customers while in Iceland Is part of Gray Line – a world leader in sightseeing for more than 100 years.
  • Reviews
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      christine sanjurgo, United Kingdom
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      Joanne Delany, United Kingdom
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      Got to experience the northern lights and it was a quick simple journey. Would recommend warning people to wear appropriate clothing as very cold when stood still for a long ...

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