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Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

1. Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Embark on an evening trip to see the Aurora Borealis. Hear fascinating facts about them from your guides, visit the Aurora Museum, and search to see the lights firsthand. Depart the bright lights of Reykjavík city center to see the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the “Northern Lights,” it is one of the most spectacular shows during winter months. Head for wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. To get stunning views of the sky you will aim for areas with no artificial light. Hear explanations of how the Aurora Borealis is caused as a result of the gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere colliding with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Benefit from an itinerary that includes stops for you to go outside and take photographs. The locations visited differ from day to day, but you will head in the direction with the most chance of seeing Mother Nature at work. As the tour is weather-dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed, you are also invited to join another Northern Lights tour free of charge if the lights don’t appear.  Explore the Northern Lights in the Aurora Museum. The Northern Lights tour includes a complimentary ticket for a self-guided visit to the museum in Reykjavik, valid on the day you join the tour, from the time you receive confirmation that the tour is on.

Perlan - Wonders of Iceland

2. Perlan - Wonders of Iceland

At Perlan you truly get to know Iceland, an island born of fire and ice. You feel the forces of nature and learn how Iceland was formed. Explore seabirds in a lifelike cliff and go on a cinematic underwater journey around Iceland. You explore the world’s first real indoor ice cave and learn all about glaciers at an interactive exhibition. The Icelandic Museum of Natural History also has an interactive and engaging exhibition at Perlan. There, you discover the mysteries of water in Icelandic nature; its unique features, life, and qualities. Finally, sit back in a first-class Planetarium to go on a virtual journey through the sky and experience the amazing Northern Lights all year around.

Reykjavik: Super Jeep Northern Lights Tour

3. Reykjavik: Super Jeep Northern Lights Tour

Don't miss the opportunity to see the Northern Lights during your winter stay in Iceland. Hunt down the aurora borealis and learn the science and folklore surrounding this unique phenomenon for a truly unforgettable experience. After getting picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik, hop in your super jeep and head to some of the most remote and hidden viewing locations that not even regular 4x4s can reach. The Northern Lights are an unpredictable natural phenomenon so sometimes it takes time and patience to find them. Maximize your experience with samples of typical Icelandic snacks. Try traditional Icelandic pastry, kleina, and liquor, Brennivín. Sit under warm wool blankets and sip on hot chocolate as you watch the lights dance above you before returning to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

4. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

See the incredible northern lights from the panoramic decks of a luxurious yacht on this guided tour. This tour is perfect for those looking for an awe-inspiring experience watching the celestial display of the aurora borealis. Meet your captain and crew at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where you'll board the luxury yacht. You will sail among the small islands in Faxafloi Bay and along the coast of Reykjavik before the yacht begins to sail away from the lights of the city. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights to the fullest. The panoramic triple deck area allows every passenger to enjoy the breathtaking colors of the aurora, and to capture some amazing photos of the green, pink, and white light. If you wish to stay inside during the trip, you will find a lovely bar and lounge area inside where you can relax in comfort.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Tour

5. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Tour

Witness the wonders of the Golden Circle and marvel at the Northern Lights on a combo tour from Reykjavik. See the Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling pools at Geysir, and the tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park. When night falls, go hunting for the Northern Lights in the countryside with a specially trained Northern Lights guide. Experience the dramatic scenery and natural phenomena of Iceland on a 2-part combination tour, starting with a morning tour of the legendary "Golden Circle." Depart Reykjavik to visit Iceland's 3 iconic natural treasures, including the Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall. Discover where the earth's North American and Eurasian plates are being pulled apart at Þingvellir, and watch the geothermal waters and steam spout skywards from the geyser at Geysir geothermal area. Admire the cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, where a glacial river thunders 32 meters into a canyon. Then, take a 3 to 6-hour break and grab dinner before your evening Northern Lights tour. When night falls, search for the elusive Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Icelandic wilderness, depending on the weather forecast and visibility conditions. Only visible during the winter months, the spectacular phenomenon is one of Iceland's biggest and most magical draws.

Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

6. Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Travel from Reykjavik on a quest for one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena. Marvel at this breathtaking display as the northern lights dance across the night sky and light up the heavens. Hunt for the Aurora Borealis in the darkness of Iceland's countryside on a 4-hour tour that operates from September to April. If the lights are not visible during the tour, you can easily reschedule for free. Hop in a premium minibus and enjoy a more intimate experience with better chances to hunt down the auroras. Get plenty of free time and prepare for spontaneous encounters. As an added perk, booking this northern lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour from the time it is announced whether the tour is on (by email and on the website). 

From Reykjavik: The Original 3.5 Hour Northern Lights Tour

7. From Reykjavik: The Original 3.5 Hour Northern Lights Tour

Join this mysterious trip on a dark winter’s night to search for the Northern Lights. This spectacular natural display can be witnessed at any time from the onset of the autumn darkness to the light nights of spring. Far from the glow of the city you will hunt for the magnificent Aurora Borealis – known as the Northern Lights. On a clear night you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the sky in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. The expert tour guides will always check the weather forecast around the south-western part of Iceland before the tour begins. Using their experience and intuition, the tour guide will decide where to lead your journey to have the best chance of spotting the Northern Lights.

The Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights Tour with Admission Ticket

8. The Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights Tour with Admission Ticket

Unwind with a soak in the Blue Lagoon on this day trip from Reykjavik. Travel aboard a Wi-Fi connected and climate-controlled bus to escape the light pollution of the city for the chance to see the dazzling northern lights.  Enjoy pickup from a conveniently-located meeting point in Reykjavik. Sit back and take in the scenery on the trip to the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of this geothermal spring. Take in the views and have drink from the in-water bar.  Treat yourself to a silica mud mask during your 4 hours at the lagoon. before beginning your northern lights expedition. Make use of your guide's decades of experience analyzing weather patterns to get you the best chance of seeing the Aurora lights.  Listen to the facinating audio guide while you travel through the Icelandic wilderness in search of the mysterious and magical aerial phenomenon of the northern lights. Return to Reykjavik at the end of your tour.  

South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

9. South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

You adventure begins with you being picked up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the south. Your first stop will be the almighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall, bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. Following this, you will progress onward to the Skógafoss waterfall. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60-meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. You will then reach a blue ice cave, where you will have the opportunity to hike through this natural phenomenon Following the ice cave, you will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country. After meeting your highly trained glacier guides you will hike on the ice for 1.5 hours, a truly spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. In the evening you will arrive at your hotel in the southeast, where you will have dinner before meeting your guide for further information about the Northern Lights. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good your guide will find a good spot to hunt the famous Aurora Borealis. You will then visit a black sand beach, home to many types of Iceland birds and other wildlife, before retiring back to your accommodation for the night. Day 2 will begin with a venture to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. You will be able to witness icebergs floating from this glacier lagoon out into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts. Your day will conclude with your return to Reykjavík.

From Reykjavík: Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour

10. From Reykjavík: Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour

Search for the Northern Lights in the comfort of a super jeep. Go where tour buses can't and learn all about this amazing natural phenomenon from an English-speaking guide in a small group setting. Discover firsthand why people from all over the world flock to Iceland in the winter in search of the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights are a memorable site and everyone who has seen them will tell you why – they are completely mesmerizing. Given cloudless skies and a little bit of luck, sightings can occur from autumn to early spring. The locals say that the colder it is, the more vibrant and intense the colors will be. Swirling and swaying overhead, the Northern Lights are usually greenish yellow but white, red, and pink lights also frequently appear.

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3.9 / 5

based on 540 reviews

The tour was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. We had been able to see the beauty of the Aurora Borealis after a few hours of waiting. On this tour, you need to be dressed warmly as it gets super cold at night, and need to be patient as you cannot instantly see the Borealis. Luckily, our tour guide Daniel (the Aurora Whisperer) is very experienced and informative so we learned a lot while waiting for the Aurora Borealis to appear. This tour is a must when you are in Iceland.

Adam was a fantastic guide, was very easy to deal with and communicated quickly to change the time of the trip in order to have a better Northern Lights experience. He was very knowledgeable and helpful.

At the beginning the northern lights was very light and it was like a cloud. Then a few hour later it was very strong and I was sooo happy seeing them. I recommend it 100%. It was awesome.

Clean,cosy jacht ,nice staff.We saw the Northen light,unforgivable experience.

comfortable transport very knowledgeable guided (Daniel)