Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik
- Duration: 2.5 hours
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I tried to see the Northern Lights on my own for 3 unsuccessful nights. I followed the aurora forecast and had no luck. I decided to pay for a tour and hope that the folks that do these tours every day could lead me in the right direction. We still didn’t see anything. It’s not the tour company’s fault. You get on a 50+ passenger motorcoach and they drive you to a location that should be optimal according to forecasts and you get out and wait. There were 6 other motorcoaches and a little waffle food truck. If you don’t see them on night 1, you can go back on night 2 at no additional charge. Oh, and ask reception for a complimentary face buff.
Bustravel Iceland are fantastic - when we went on this tour we witnessed a fantastic Northern lights show (after rescheduling due to poor weather). We were lucky enough to have Siggi as our tour guide, who went above and beyond to show and tell us about the Northern Lights. His passion for the Northern Lights was infectious and his predictions about when and how they would show were pretty much spot on. Not only did he tell us how to spot the lights, he also showed us how to capture them on our phones/cameras and was kind enough to share his spectacular photographs, which he captured on his DSLR, with us at the end of the tour. Fabulous.
This was a great experience and I’d highly recommend it to any travelers in the area! I visited in mid-March (toward the end of northern lights season) so we were only able to see a couple bands of light, but it was still worth it nonetheless. The lights we did see were beautiful, and it was also an incredible view of the night sky and Reykjavik. Because we didn’t get a fill northern lights display, everyone was given a credit so they could return for free and view them again. I’ll definitely be doing this as soon as I’m back in the area!
The lights were very weak when we went and you couldn’t see them through the naked eye or smart phone but, if you had a camera you could. The tour guide was very good and really tried to get us a good view of the lights. On the way home we stopped because there was more activity, which I thought was really good of them to do. They really do try and give you every chance to see them. It was -10 degrees so be prepared for the cold
The trip was well organised with 10 coaches in total. The guide explained about the northern lights during the travel to a field in the middle of nowhere. Altough the pickup was at the BSI bus terminus the coach dropped us off near our hotel on the way back.