We’ll pick you up from your pre-selected pick-up location at 5 p.m. and make our way towards the outskirts of Mosfellsbær town. It takes around 15 minutes to reach Mosfellsbær from downtown Reykjavik. Once we arrive, you’ll have a safety briefing and a short introduction to the equipment. As soon as everyone’s comfortable and ready to go, the adventure of the ATV ride in Iceland begins!
We’ll ride quad bikes up Hafrafjall Mountain and enjoy spectacular views of Reykjavik and surrounding areas open up from the top. Enjoy the sight of vast hills, mountains, and the city below your feet!
The ride lasts about an hour. We’ll bring you back to Reykjavik at around 7:30 p.m. and drop you off at the same location we picked you up from.
Depending on the season, we’ll collect you from your chosen location at either 8:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. and begin the Northern Lights safari in Iceland! We’ll travel in a comfortable minibus to escape the city lights. The minibus can reach rural locat...)
Depending on the season, we’ll collect you from your chosen location at either 8:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. and begin the Northern Lights safari in Iceland!
We’ll travel in a comfortable minibus to escape the city lights. The minibus can reach rural locations that other larger vehicles can’t.
Our guides know the best places to watch the Northern Lights, so you won’t miss the best views! We’ll travel south to escape the light pollution and enjoy an unobstructed view of Aurora Borealis under the dark sky.
During the tour, our guides will take a picture of you and the Auroras free of charge, so you can enjoy the mesmerizing view and not worry about taking pictures!
Pick up for the ATV tour is at 5 p.m. (17:00) from your selected meeting point in Reykjavik. As the pick-up process can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. The pick-up time for the Northern Lights depends on the season. You’ll ...)
Pick up for the ATV tour is at 5 p.m. (17:00) from your selected meeting point in Reykjavik. As the pick-up process can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
The pick-up time for the Northern Lights depends on the season. You’ll find the actual pick-up time in on your final voucher.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’ pick-up list
As the success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the northern lights part of the tour until 6:15 PM on the day of the tour if the aurora forecast is not looking good. When this happ...)
As the success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the northern lights part of the tour until 6:15 PM on the day of the tour if the aurora forecast is not looking good. When this happens your payment is fully refunded. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer clients the chance to join another evening’s departure free of charge upon availability. Note that you need to contact us to re-book.
If you book odd numbers of participants you have to pay single rider supplement. If you do not choose it in the booking process you will be charged the extra fee on location.
Yes, you do need to have a valid driving license from your home country.
No, you don’t need to have a specific motorcycle license, a regular driver’s license is enough to be able to join the tour.
Weight limit 140 KG per person – combined weight per ATV / buggy 220 KG
As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.
There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.
A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.
Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.
If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.
Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length
A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.
Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour.
When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable weather conditions.
In that case, your options will be to:
1. Reschedule for another day.
2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
3. Get fully refunded.
Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, you will receive an email from us.
If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.
Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.
The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.
If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.