From Reykjavik: The Original 3.5 Hour Northern Lights Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Iceland

From Reykjavik: The Original 3.5 Hour Northern Lights Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Iceland
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From US$ 65.18 per person

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Search for the beautiful and mysterious Northern Lights on this exciting 4-hour tour from Reykjavik. Admire the magnificent phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis as the sky comes alive with lights.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please wait outside of your hotel or guesthouse for the pickup bus. Pickup starts 30 minutes prior to the tour departure time. Pickup in front of hotels in the city center is not possible, instead, you must wait at the nearest bus stop.


  • Admire nature’s own spectacular lightshow – the magnificent Northern Lights
  • Drive into Iceland’s countryside, far away from the city lights of Reykjavik
  • Watch as the Lights dance across the sky in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes
Full description
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.
  • Transfer by bus
  • English-speaking guide
  • WiFi onboard
  • Food and beverages

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • The activity provider cannot guarantee sightings even when the tour is operational. If the weather is bad, you will get a refund or be issued with an alternative tour date, free of charge
  • The activity provider reserves the right to cancel this tour if the evening sky is heavily clouded over or weather conditions are not favorable for a sighting. A decision is taken daily at 6:00 PM, at the latest, concerning whether the tour will take place or not. All hotels and booking agents in Reykjavik are informed by email about the decision so please contact the front desk of your hotel or contact the activity provider directly by email or phone
  • The discount for children and youths is a family discount, and applies to maximum of 2 children/youths per each full paying adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 444 reviews

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The tour operators were great! Very knowledgeable. They’ve been doing it for many years. The explanations were great and they were very patient with all the people on the bus. I was lucky enough to see the lights, and it filled the sky. It was one of the most incredible experiences. Even as we were waiting for the lights to come out, being able to see all the stars in the sky is so magical. If you like astronomy definitely try this. If you’re impatient, this isn’t the tour for you. One girl and her boyfriend in the seat in front of me complained the whole time. They never stepped off the bus to look at the lights even once. Expect to be cold this trip, and I mean really cold! Reykjavik is chilly even during the day. When you’re in the middle of nowhere, next to the sea, it’s 12pm, and the wind is howling, for me it was under -21 degrees Celsius with a wind chill. It makes your bones hurt, and cuts through you if you’re unprepared. Dress extra warm! Then you’ll have an amazing time 100!

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March 19, 2023

Great experience! At first we thought it wouldn't work, but after waiting a good hour at -18°C and an icy wind, it slowly started. At first just a few lights on the horizon, getting stronger and stronger. then the lights faded and we thought that was it. Warm up on the bus. As soon as we were seated, our guide called us out again. And then it really started. A real explosion. Everywhere, huge and strong! The cold was forgotten. we could take great photos - also with our smartphones. Besides, the guide told us a lot of interesting things - how is the aurora borealis formed, what legends are associated with it. What colors are there and when can you see them and much more. That was an unforgettable experience! We were really lucky. Our guide said it was the best he's seen so far this season. We can highly recommend it! Many Thanks

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January 23, 2023

It wasn't a bad experience as we saw the Northern Lights (and it was our first so we were thrilled) but the actual excursion is to take us to the end of a sea wall past a lighthouse and lighted buildings , and to look at the horizon (the sea) to see light auroras (with all the light that we had around it was normal that they were light). In addition, we were not the only bus on site, so Disneyland quickly... The next day we booked a small group excursion and the experience was incomparable!

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December 30, 2022

Product ID: 2017