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Reykjavík, Iceland
Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, and Iceland is one of few places in the world where it’s possible to view the elusive Aurora borealis. Maximize your chances of witnessing nature’s lightshow on this tour from Reykjavík, and seek out the best viewing spots around the city.
  • Northern Lights viewing tour from Reykjavík
  • A chance to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis
  • Seasonal tour available from September to mid-April
  • Choice of evening departure times available
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Bus Fare
Professional Local Guidance
Free Wi-Fi
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Pickup from hotels

Departure Point

Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

BSI Bus Terminal is the meeting point for the tour.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your evening adventure with pick-up from central Reykjavík and admire the capital’s illuminated landmarks as you head out of the city. As the glittering skyline fades from view, listen as your guide explains the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights, caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. Learn how the lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere and charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere, and discover the science behind the variations in color and brightness.

Depending on the weather and ‘Aurora forecast’, your guide takes you to the viewing locations where you are most likely to spot the Northern Lights, so make sure you have your camera ready. If you’re lucky, get a chance to admire the mesmerizing light show, before journeying back to Reykjavík, where your tour ends.

Please note: the Northern Lights in Iceland are visible only during the winter months, from September to April, and sightings are not guaranteed. However, if you don‘t see any Northern Lights during the tour, you are welcome to join the tour again, free of charge, on another night. For this reason, we recommend booking your Northern Lights tour for early-on in your trip, in case it needs to be rescheduled.
Itinerary
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Reykjavik Excursions
Meeting point for the tour.
Pass By:  
Iceland
Locations on this tour vary from day to day depending on weather conditions.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers with young children are advised to take the 20:00 departure which is available from 15 October through 14 March 2020.
  • This tour depends on weather and sightings are not guaranteed. The tour may be cancelled on the day if the weather is poor
  • Remember to dress warmly
  • No pickups from hotels
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Indicated return times can vary.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Excursions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik.

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  • "The northern lights are a must to anyone travelling to Iceland!" See review
  • "The wait for the magic was long and freezing cold but it was all worthwhile at the end of the day." See review
  • "Luckily saw some activity second time so was worth it." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Really Enjoyable
Noah_B
, Jan 2022
Tour guide was super nice and made it her mission to get to a good spot to see the lights. Got to see as many lights as were available at the time.
star-3
Very cold
Sara_P
, Dec 2021
We didn’t get to see the northern lights but it was a nice night with some stars. There is obviously no guarantee that you will see them but if you go in December/winter time make sure to dress extra warm. You stand outside on a peninsula for close to two hours. if you get cold you are allowed to go back into the bus but the busses are shut off with no heat on because it needs to be dark to see the lights. So make sure to dress very very warm. You will be cold.
star-2
See nothing tour
Amine_B
, Nov 2021
Guide on drugs and bad light polluted area to see Northern lights. Wast of money. Do it yourself is better in this case
star-5
Aurora sighting
Raul_L
, Oct 2021
Love it will do it again. A memorable experience. Our guide is an expert! Everyone is happy and satisfied how it turns out to be.
star-4
Great company to choose
Megan_P
, Oct 2021
Good that the operator lets you go back as many times as you wish if you don’t get to see the lights well enough but we didn’t get to see them properly even with 2 nights out in the cold. Each time was a different location based on the forecast that predicts where is best.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great driver and operator
Mark_F
, Feb 2020
Unfortunately we didn't get to see the lights however driver was great and the tour operator was too couldn't fault either and would recommend but hopefully see the lights.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
No lights for us.
Kim_S
, Feb 2020
Sadly, we did not see any activity, the night of our tour. Tour was rescheduled two previous nights, due to rain. The 3rd night, although cloudy, we were taken out. Not much the tour operator can do about nature.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Not worth your money
Kamila_C
, Feb 2020
Not a professional way to treat people. It's very commercial and you don't feel good in hunderds of people squeezed into 6 buses. Lady in our bus sounds bored talking about northen lights. We have our trip in rainy day and there was no way for aurora but they didn't return busses and people were getting cold in the rain. Don't waste your money fot this company, they don't care about you but about money.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Northern lights seen
Simon_B
, Jan 2020
A week planned trip to see the northern lights, less by a knowledgeable guide. We were told how to look, where to look and how to photograph the lights. We managed to do this and saw the lights. Would recommend this trip.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Traveler Thank you for the kind words both about our guide and the tour :) we could not be more thrilled that you enjoyed the tour. Best wishes Team Reykjavik Excursions
star-2
Not the best tour
Elvira_W
, Dec 2019
The guides were great at building excitement on the night driving out to the spot however, we did not see activity on the night. I think to see the lights it would be better to do a smaller more specialised tour perhaps. There were too many people (3 bus loads at the one spot) and when you are there it is pitch black and people were walking all over the moss and damaging the surrounding area. After the tour we were told by locals that you generally have about a 25% chance of seeing the lights on a tour like this.

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