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.
What to Expect
Embark on a 3-hour excursion to see the northern lights, one of the most beautiful celestial displays found in nature. In addition, there are many other cosmic wonders waiting to be discovered. All you need to do is gaze skywards at the Arctic night canopy to marvel at the magic.
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 on board. The audio guide provides useful tips on how best to capture the northern lights with your camera.
You’ll not only be in search of the legendary and mesmerizing northern lights, but you’ll also be able to pinpoint some of the constellations of stars. Learn what they are and what they have represented to Icelandic ancestors and to different cultures throughout time. You’ll have assistance in finding the best-known constellations and stars.
There are a few factors that determine whether it’s likely you’ll be able to see the northern lights and the guides are experts in reckoning your chances of seeing them. This means they have a high success rate, and do not go out unless they feel the odds are well in your favor.
In order to find the northern lights you need 2 things: patience and warm clothing. If by chance you didn't bring a warm jacket, no worries. The tour operator has ultra-warm Aurora Jackets for rent!
- Free pick-up at your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Knowledgeable Northern Lights & Stars guide
- Free use of astronomy binoculars
- Free star map to learn about the sky above you (at that specific time of the year)
- Use of a smart tablet to learn the basics of northern lights photography
- Free use of camera tripods (tripods are available that fit almost any camera or phone)
- Guarantee to see the northern lights or you can take the tour again for free
- Free WiFi and USB charger at each seat
- In-bus audio guide in a choice of 10 languages
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 22:00
From 1 October-31 March, daily departures at 21:00
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.
In-bus audio guide: 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