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From Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Stars Bus Tour

Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Stars Bus Tour

Activity provider: Rvk Sightseeing

From US$ 48.47 per person

For many, the possibility of seeing the northern lights is the reason for a visit to Iceland during the winter. The season, with its pure and crisp air, offers some of the best conditions for seeing stars and frequent sightings of the aurora borealis.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Pickup optional
Pickup begins 30 minutes prior to the tour start time. Pickup is only available in Reykjavík city center. Please be ready and on the lookout for a green Smartbus. As each driver usually has a few stops to make, it can take up to 30 minutes to finish the pickup service. There is no need to worry if the bus is not there exactly on time. In the city center, some areas are restricted to buses, and therefore buses can only stop at nearby bus stops. If you need directions to your nearest bus stop, please visit this website: www.busstop.is. Pickup is available from most hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. It is not available from Airbnbs or private residences. It is recommended that you select the nearest hotel address or bus stop and request pickup from there.

Experience

Highlights
  • Search the sky above Iceland for the Northern Lights
  • Get tips on how to get a great picture of the Aurora
  • Choose from 10 different languages on your in-bus audio guide
Full description

Embark on an excursion to see the Northern Lights, one of the most beautiful celestial displays found in nature. Join a specially trained Northern Lights guide who will share their knowledge on the natural phenomenon and tips on taking the best photos. In addition, there are many other cosmic wonders waiting to be discovered.

Board one of the fleet’s new buses in Reykjavík, and take a comfortable seat where you’ll find a computer tablet and an in-bus audio guide (available in 10 languages). You’ll also find a USB charger and have access to the free WiFi onboard.

Get some useful tips on how best to capture the northern lights with your camera from the audioguide. Search for the lights as you gaze up at the night sky.

Find out how to spot various constellations as you search for the northern lights. Learn about these stellar formations and what they mean to various cultures.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Informational smart tablet
  • WiFi
  • USB charger
  • In-bus audio guide
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

Your tour starts from Reykjavík Terminal, centrally located at Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavík.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Teenagers 12-15 years: 50 percent discount; children 0-11 years old join for free
  • From 28 August-30 September and 1 April-15 April departures at 10:00 PM
  • From 1 October-31 March, daily departures at 9:00 PM
  • If you do not see the Northern Lights, you can take the tour again for free
  • Departures are highly dependent on weather
  • There is no minimum number of participants
  • There are no age limits
  • Be sure to dress according to the weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothing. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended
  • Audio guide on bus: it is a good idea to bring your own headphones because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have headphones with you or forgot to bring them, you can purchase them on board
  • Tour duration: approximately 3 hours
  • Bringing a tripod is highly recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.6 /5

based on 376 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    3.7/5
  • Safety
    4.4/5

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I cannot blame the fact I was exhausted after a day of travelling on the late excursion but apart from that, the tour was great. The bud came on time and the guide was very engaging and explained apt about the Northern Lights and why we may or many not see them. We were lucky to see them after waiting for around 1.5 hours in a cold field but it was totally worth it and what we came for! The whole excursion was run very well by REIS. My only issue about the tours we have done so far is that the seat space is very small and uncomfortable with my knees rubbing against the seat in front. I know they need to get many on the trip but I’m sure reducing a few seats for overall comfort would improve on this issue.

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December 2, 2022

Great experience highly recommend! Knowledgable guide, with tips on taking the best photos & making the most of the trip. Very friendly & approachable, with the offer of taking free photos on his camera. We was very thankful & enjoyed the experience a lot. Luckily got to see them too. Added bonus, the bus was open and warm incase we got too cold at any point & wanted to return.

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November 5, 2022

We did 2 outings. We saw nothing on our first outing. The driver, while driving like a savage and consulting Facebook regularly, had taken us to a very cloudy place where there were already 6 other buses. The guide spent the journeys spitting into the microphone without breathing to talk about everything and nothing without being understandable and disappeared once there... On the way back, in the middle of gibberish, he told us to contact the company for us reimburse. But we were able to book a second round with the same tickets with great ease and... WOW! surprise. The driver was top and attentive to the road. The guide, Stephan was great! Friendly, funny and very on point. He spoke little and it was very interesting. We were in a completely different place, by a lake, with only another bus. During the wait, he took the time to show us the stars and explain to us how to recognize them. Then we saw aurors

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November 3, 2022

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