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Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

From US$ 42.98 per person

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colors across the Icelandic Arctic sky. See if you can spot them for yourself on this 3-hour tour from Reykjavik.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See the Northern Lights dancing upon the Arctic skyline
  • Enjoy a 3-hour tour led by an English-speaking guide
  • Join the tour again free of charge if you do not see the lights the first time round
Full description
The Northern lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun's solar energy with the upper atmosphere of the earth near the area of the North Pole. This reaction creates this wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis. See if you can glimpse this sublime light display for yourself! Glimpsing the Northern Lights are on the top of many people’s lists when visiting Reykjavik, therefore this tour is organized in such a way as to increase your chances of seeing the phenomenon. The locations visited change every tour, because you will travel to wherever it is most probable you will see them. This tour is unable to guarantee sightings, as the Northern Lights are very unpredictable. If you do not see any of the lights the first time round, you are more than welcome to join the tour again free of charge.
  • Bus fare
  • English-speaking guide
  • 3-hour tour searching for the Northern Lights
  • Free Wi-Fi aboard the bus
  • Refreshments not included
  • Pickup at hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavik, unless option selected
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The main departure point for Reykjavík Excursion day tours is from the BSI Bus Terminal. Please be ready at the BSI Bus Terminal 15 minutes prior to the departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 11.
  • This tour depends on weather and sightings are not guaranteed. Please check your emails for any updates before the tour and ask the receptionist of your hotel if the tour is running as usual.
  • Remember to dress warmly with multiple layers of clothing. To enjoy the Northern Lights, you may spend long periods of time standing outside in very cold winter conditions.
  •  It's important to stay warm when you're out gazing up at the sky, which is why freshly baked waffles and hot beverages are available for sale on site on the 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM departures.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 /5

based on 507 reviews

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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

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March 22, 2020

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.

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March 15, 2020

It was a well organised tour. The tour guide was really funny and we did see the northern lights but it was fairly faint. I think people need to lower their expectations. I was expecting to see bright green and a lot of movement across the sky but the lights were quite a pale green and I couldn’t capture it with my phone camera very well until I enhanced the photo later. It was really nice to see but I think I expected brighter. I wouldn’t mark the tour down because of that at all, we still enjoyed it a lot. It was fun standing outside in minus 5 degrees waiting. We made a laugh out of it.

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March 13, 2020

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