Reykjavik: Northern Lights Small Group Minibus Tour

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Activity provider: Go to joy Iceland

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Small Group Minibus Tour

Activity provider: Go to joy Iceland

From US$ 102.08 per person

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.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Pickup included
Pickup is offered from all Reykjavik hotels, hostels and guesthouses, and private homes. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik center, your pickup may be from the nearest bus stop. After receiving your pickup information, the local partner will notify you of your exact pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the departure time by email. If you do not require hotel pickup, you can meet the tour at Tour Bus Stop #1 City Hall. Please notify the local partner directly if you intend to use this option. Please be at your pickup location 30 minutes before departure time.


  • See the stunning Icelandic landscapes
  • Go hunting for the Northern Lights
  • Take the opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon
Full description

Discover the Northern Lights on this minibus tour through Iceland in the winter. Leave the bright lights of Reykjavik in a cozy minibus to hunt the spectacular Northern Lights.

Where you go depends on the weather, as you need both darkness and a clear sky to witness this rare natural phenomenon. Your expert guide will drive you away from the city lights and into the darkened countryside to a secluded location in the unspoiled Icelandic nature.

The minibus can reach places that the bigger buses cannot, making your experience both intimate and unique. 

You will travel past mountains and fields and get an incredible nighttime view of the country as your driver looks for signs of the Auroras. When they find the perfect spot, you can exit the minibus to see the grandeur of the lights with your naked eye. 

The Northern Lights are only visible in the northernmost countries and only during winter. You need to dress warmly as you will be standing in the middle of the Icelandic countryside in the dead of winter to see the dancing lights. 

This wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis, is caused by particles from solar winds disturbing the Earth’s magnetosphere. The lights usually appear green but can be pink, red, or white depending on their strength and the atmospheric conditions. 

  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by minibus
  • Live guide
  • Audio guide
  • Tour searching for the Aurora (3-5 hours)
  • Tripod
  • Refreshments
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Windbreaker
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves
  • Tripod
  • Warm shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Food and drinks
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and seeing them is not guaranteed
  • The tour may be canceled up to one hour before the departure time due to bad weather
  • If your tour is rebooked to December 24, 25, 26, 31, or January 1 because of bad weather or cancellation, an additional holiday pricing cost will be charged
  • If you have booked your tour for the same day of your arrival in Iceland, there is a chance that you may miss the tour due to flight delays or other circumstances. In such cases, you won't be entitled to a rebooking or a refund. To avoid this, it is recommended to book your tour for the day after your arrival, so that you have the opportunity to reschedule or cancel if necessary
  • The activity operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. In this case, you will not be entitled to a refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 20 reviews

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We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our original night for the lights unfortunately did not go to plan as the weather forecast was not accurate so the evening was too cloudy despite guides effort to find clear sky. We were very disappointed, but you cannot help the weather and it is very changeable in Iceland. Go to Joy however called me to confirm that we could have another chance the next evening and we are extremely glad we did. Our guide really knew what he was doing and we ended up with a fabulous display of the northern lights on a cold but calm night. We got some stunning photos so we went home very happy. My advice is, do it and stick the evening out even if you have to be there for a few hours, trust in the guide. They know what they are doing!

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March 23, 2023

Absolutely 5* + couldn’t of asked for a better experience for my partners 30th Birthday. After a manic stressful day travelling to Reykjavík our tour guide made everything a pleasant breeze! And we seen the beautiful northern lights! Thank you for the best experience!

March 23, 2023

Wij hebben een geweldige avond gehad. De bus kwam ons op tijd ophalen bij de afgesproken bushalte. Er werd van tevoren veel uitleg gegeven over het ontstaan van het noorderlicht en hoe je de camera op je telefoon het beste kunt instellen om het licht te fotograferen. De gids (ik kon zijn naam niet goed verstaan) was fantastisch een hele enthousiaste en gemotiveerde gids die niet stopt voordat je het noorderlicht gezien hebt. Hij neemt zelf ook foto’s zodat je zeker een leuke herinnering eraan overhoudt. Kleine tip; plan dit niet na een drukke dag gezien de tour tot 1-2 uur snachts kan duren afhankelijk van hoe snel en hoeveel licht je gaat zien.

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March 23, 2023

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