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Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

1. Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Embark on an evening trip to see the Aurora Borealis. Hear fascinating facts about them from your guides, visit the Aurora Museum, and search to see the lights firsthand. 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. 

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Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

2. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

See the incredible northern lights from the panoramic decks of a luxurious yacht. This tour is perfect for those looking for an awe-inspiring experience watching the celestial display of the aurora borealis. Meet your captain and crew at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where you'll board the luxury yacht. You will sail among the small islands in Faxafloi Bay and along the coast of Reykjavik before the yacht begins to sail away from the lights of the city. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights to the fullest. The panoramic triple deck area allows every passenger to enjoy the breathtaking colors of the Aurora, and to capture some amazing photos of the green, pink, and white lights. The tour is conducted in a small group, so your experience will be both personal and memorable. Don't worry if there is rain or wind, as the decks are partially covered to provide shelter from the elements. If you wish to stay inside during the trip, you will find a lovely bar and lounge area inside where you can relax in comfort. If the lights do not show up, the captain and crew will still make sure that your journey is enjoyable. You will be given the chance to taste Icelandic delicacies such as shark, dried fish, and brennivin, the local liquor. 

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From Reykjavik: 3-5 Hour Northern Lights Mystery Tour

3. From Reykjavik: 3-5 Hour Northern Lights Mystery Tour

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.

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Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

4. Small-Group Premium Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Travel from Reykjavik on a quest for one of nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena. Marvel at this breathtaking display, as the Northern Lights dance across the night sky and light up the heavens. Hunt for the Aurora Borealis in the darkness of Iceland's countryside, on a 4-hour tour that operates from September to April. If the lights are not visible during the tour, reschedule for free. The group size will be a maximum of 15 people, providing a more intimate experience and flexibility. Enjoy more free time and spontaneous encounters than would be possible traveling in a larger group. Booking this Northern Lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour from the time it is announced whether the tour is on (by email and on the website). 

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Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

5. Aurora Borealis: Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Go in search of The Northern Lights on a guided excursion from Reykjavik. With an expert guide, try to spot the amazing natural phenomenon by visiting a variety of locations. The locations visited are dependent on the day of the tour, due to weather conditions and other factors. If the dancing lights are spotted, enjoy a fantastic natural light show with various vibrant colours. 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 welcome to join the tour again free of charge.

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South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

6. South Coast Iceland: 2-Day Blue Ice Cave & Jokulsarlon Tour

You adventure begins with you being picked up in Reykjavík in a small and comfortable minibus before heading straight to the south. Your first stop will be the almighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall, bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. Following this, you will progress onward to the Skógafoss waterfall. Tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60-meter cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. You will then reach a blue ice cave, where you will have the opportunity to hike through this natural phenomenon Following the ice cave, you will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the one of the largest glaciers in the country. After meeting your highly trained glacier guides you will hike on the ice for 1.5 hours, a truly spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking and increasingly rare natural phenomena. In the evening you will arrive at your hotel in the southeast, where you will have dinner before meeting your guide for further information about the Northern Lights. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good your guide will find a good spot to hunt the famous Aurora Borealis. You will then visit a black sand beach, home to many types of Iceland birds and other wildlife, before retiring back to your accommodation for the night. Day 2 will begin with a venture to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a 200m deep glacial lagoon fed by Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier. You will be able to witness icebergs floating from this glacier lagoon out into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice rocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts. Your day will conclude with your return to Reykjavík.

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Northern Lights & Stars: 3-Hour Tour from Reykjavik

7. Northern Lights & Stars: 3-Hour Tour from Reykjavik

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!

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Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik

8. Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North-Atlantic ocean, with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the backround, is something you won't ever forget. This unique tour takes about 2 hours, departing from Reykjavik´s old harbour in a luxurious boats, either Rósin or Andrea. Enjoy great views of the beautiful coastline of the capital on the way out to search for the northern lights. In only 15-30 minutes you will be at a prime location away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras. Please remember that this tour is highly dependent on correct weather conditions. Cancellation may occur if the circumstances are not in your favour.  When the northern lights forecast looks good - but if it is too windy to go out on sea - guests will be taken out for a northern lights tour on a small private bus to hunt for the lights on land. They will be offered a spot on the next available northern lights cruise free of charge.

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Northern Lights Tour with Hot Chocolate & Icelandic Pastries

9. Northern Lights Tour with Hot Chocolate & Icelandic Pastries

Start your tour with a convenient pick-up service from your centrally located hotel. After a short meet and greet, you will hop in your tour vehicle and set-off for your destination that evening. Your tour guides, with the close consultation of Meteorologists, will pick a new and unique location every night. Each tour will take you to a location based on the reports of the Meteorologists, thus giving you the best chance of witnessing this fleeting, magical display.  During your tour, your guide will offer you information and great insight into the Icelandic culture, nature, history and the Icelandic people. You will also get the chance to sip on a hot chocolate, a sure treat to warm up the blood on those frosty winter nights. You'll also get to snack on traditional Icelandic pastries. Each night, your tour guide will pick a location that is as far from light pollution as possible, the Northern lights are best viewed in pitch black. This tour is only available during the winter months as the amount of light during the summer months ruins your chances of seeing them. The probability of seeing the lights is always fair however your tour guides will cancel the tour if there is little chance of catching them. However, your voucher will still be redeemable on another date free of charge in the event of cancellation. 

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

10. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

Depart Reykjavik to experience the geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. See boiling water spout from the earth at the great geysers of Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur Valley. Experience the dramatic cascades of Gullfoss waterfall, fed by the glacial waters of the Hvítá River. Get different views of the impressive water as it plunges into a 32-meter deep crevice. Reconnect with nature in Þingvellir National Park, and discover where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are pulling apart. Return to Reykjavík for a few hours at leisure before your evening Northern Lights tour. Head back out after dark to look for the dancing lights in the night sky. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 540 reviews

We saw some very mild auroras. I did the tour again the next day and there we saw beautiful auroras. Gary was our guide and he helped us a lot not to leave despite the cold and he took several photos of us! A genius. Thanks

Brilliant tour well worth doing. We where really lucky and got to see the North lights. The guide Felix was excellent. Bring lots of warm clothes it gets super cold late at night. A must see.

Mega! after a long wait and "freezing" we still had the opportunity to admire the great spectacle thanks for the help that we were allowed to experience it !!

Very comfortable yacht and staff is very helpful and friendly. We didn’t see the northern lights, ass the night wasn’t clear

MAGNIFIQUE ! Des aurores boréales incroyables et un guide investit qui ne compte pas son temps ! Je recommande à 100%