Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

From $53.40 per person

Experience one of the world’s great natural phenomena on a 4-hour evening bus tour of Iceland. Depart the bright lights of Reykjavik to search for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Pick-up is between 8.30 pm and 9.00 pm if you have booked the tour at 8.30. Pick-up is between 9.30 pm and 10.00 pm if you have booked the tour at 9.30 pm. Pick-up is included at selected hotels and guesthouses as well as authorized bus stops in central Reykjavik


  • Seeing the light display of the Aurora Borealis
  • Escape the bright lights of Reykjavik for better views of the Northern Lights
  • Learn more about how and why the dancing lights occur
  • Free entrance to the Aurora Museum
Full description
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 the 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. 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 Northern Lights in the Aurora Museum. The Northern Lights tour includes a complementary ticket to visit the museum in Reykjavik, Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík. 
  • Guided tour
  • Free entrance to the Aurora Museum Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      Meeting point

      Meet at Tour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg (on Þórunnartún). The bus will collect you from this location within 30 minutes of the departure time.

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      Important information

      What to bring

      • Comfortable shoes
      • Warm clothing

      Know before you go

      • Seeing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed even though the tour is operated. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and as part of nature, uncontrollable. The local partner does not offer refunds for customers that have joined the tour but instead offers you the chance to reschedule for free on the next tour that is operated. If you are leaving Iceland before the next scheduled tour, the local partner will offer you an open ticket for the next 3 years for when you come back to Iceland.
      • Please note that this tour is not suitable for children younger than 8 years.
      • The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour, from the time it is announced whether the tour is on. The entrance fees to the Aurora Reykjavik exhibition are complementary meaning that if you do not wish to go to the museum, there is no partial refund.
      • Remember to dress warmly with multiple layers. You may spend long periods of time in cold winter conditions.
      Customer reviews

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      4 /5

      based on 1595 reviews

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      The overall experience of hunting for the northern lights was fun itself but due to weak aurora activity we were only able to see very faint northern lights. The trip to the place was quite comfortable and we were even able to get a shot of got chocolate in the cold weather!

      March 10, 2020

      Very prompt pickup at stop as arranged . Our guide Chiara was very informative & also a professional photographer which was great as she took photos of couples etc with the Northern Lights in the back ground - we were very lucky to eventually see them , eventually ! ( she has emailed me these )The coach driver was excellent too ! We had waited at Kerid crater for a long time as she could see there was activity on her camera but this was not really visible to the naked eye then & didn’t seem to be developing in to anything obvious . But once the coach set off to return the lights then appeared so the driver found another place to stop so we we could marvel for quite a while at this amazing sight ! Instead of a 4 hour trip it ended up we were out for nearly 6 hours , returning to hotel at 2am ! But well worth it to see the Lights instead of re-booking for another night (which would have been no charge ) . Getting hot chocolate & Lava Bite wafers while waiting in the snow was great too !

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      March 10, 2020

      Fantastic experience - our tour guide was incredibly friendly and informative. The entire trip was flawless, with the location being perfect to capture some beautiful photos of the Lights! Unfortunately, our first date was cancelled due to the weather, but our guide was happy to inform me that I could simply shift my booking to the next day and would still have the opportunity to get a full refund in the event that the trip was cancelled again. It's lucky that we did reschedule, as our second attempt resulted in us having a solid hour or so of active Lights! An amazing experience that I wouldn't hesitate to go on again!

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      March 9, 2020

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