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Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Aurora Museum Small-Group Tour

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Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Aurora Museum Small-Group Tour

From US$ 108.45 per person

Go on a hunt for the best vantage point to view the fantastic Northern Lights in a small group, and visit the Aurora Reykjavik Museum. Learn about the physics behind the Northern Lights and how to best photograph them before snapping some amazing photos.

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  • Get an introduction to the Northern Lights at Aurora Reykjavik Museum
  • Go hunting for the Northern Lights with a professional guide
  • Stargaze under the Arctic night sky
  • Have a unique experience away from the crowds of the city
  • Visit the unique Aurora Basecamp Observatory
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On this tour from Reykjavik, you and your small group will focus on finding the perfect location to witness the magic of the Northern Lights and the dark Arctic sky.

The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) are a natural phenomenon visible only in the Norther Hemisphere. Going into the dark and frozen winter night to observe this unbelievable display of color, light and texture is like waking up in a fairy tale, full of mystery and magic.


Begin your tour at the fantastic Aurora Reykjavik Museum. There, get an introduction to the physics behind the Northern Lights, and how to best photograph them.

Next, drive to the lava fields outside Reykjavik and visit Aurora Basecamp. This newly built Northern Lights Observatory is the perfect place to witness the lights. The observatory also hosts an indoor real-time simulation of the Northern Lights in one of its domes. After the visit to the Observatory, go on a further hunt into the darkness of rural Iceland.

  • Fully guided tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Visit the unique Aurora Basecamp Observatory
  • Entrance fee to Aurora Basecamp
  • Entrance fee to Aurora Reykjavik Museum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Please meet at the departure point (Aurora Reykjavik Museum) at 8:30 PM.

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Know before you go

  • The lights are a natural phenomenon and beyond human control, they are visible in Iceland from late August through April but visibility is subject to light activity and cloud coverage
  • There is no guarantee that you will see the northern lights
  • The tour will take place even if there is little or no chance of seeing the northern lights
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4.2 /5

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Great trip with a friendly and knowledgable driver. Weather conditions weren’t looking too favourable, but with the knowledge and perseverence from our driver, and a drive a little further north, we found the lights. Hot chocolate and doughnuts a nice touch, as well as the horses. Well worth paying the extra for a small group tour. Would highly recommend.

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February 14, 2020

Great trip run by Bikay, picked us up from the City Hall at 20:15 (promised 20:00 - 20:30) Took us out to a very good dark spot (light pollution is awful around Reykjavik). Hot chocolate and doughnuts very welcome. We saw the Northern Lights! - A faint green glow in the sky, improved slightly as time went on. Photos very much flatter the appearance of the lights. Bikay had the knowledge to persist when we were ready to give up.

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January 5, 2020

Firstly, Hal the driver was excellent. He swiftly managed the pick ups and we were on our way to find the northern lights in no time. WE SAW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS! It was amazing. Initially, we went to one location with no luck stayed there for around 45 minutes. Hal made the decision to take us to a different location. He’s decision was a good one and we saw the Northern Lights! We got to see them for roughly an hour before they disappeared and took some amazing pictures. Hal was very generous when he gave as hot chocolate and doughnuts, encouraging us to have 2nds and 3rds! Hal was very informative during the journey and filled the quiet moments with intriguing facts in a humorous tone! Would definitely recommend! The smaller bus was certainly a massive benefit to the experience and would definitely recommend using!

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December 19, 2019

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