Ride an ATV and hunt for the Northern Lights on this evening Adventure from Reykjavik!
Spend an adventurous evening in Iceland on our ATV and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik! Explore Icelandic landscapes riding an ATV through volcanic mountain trails and enjoy the spectacular sight of the Northern Lights.
This combo tour is perfect for adventure seekers looking to make great memories while experiencing the best of Iceland. On this tour, you’ll travel on a comfortable minibus and our experienced guides will lead you through your journey. Join our tour and prepare to have the best time in Iceland!
Sept. - Apr.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- One Hour Quad Tour
- Panoramic View of Reykjavík City
- Small-group Experience
- Northern Lights Photos
- The Northern Lights
- Guided Tour in a Minibus
- Icelandic Countryside
- Pick-up & Drop off in Reykjavík
- Comfortable Minibus
- Expert Guides
- Guided Quad Tour
- ATV Equipment (overall/gloves/helmet/balaclavas)
- Northern Lights Photos
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Free WiFi on the Minibus
ATV/Quad Biking Tour
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.
Hunt for the Northern Lights
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!
Please bring hiking boots or sturdy footwear, and wear warm outdoor clothing, including a waterproof top layer, headwear, a scarf, and gloves. We recommend dressing in layers. If you plan on taking pictures of the Northern Lights, you may want to bring a tripod with you.
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
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.
- You do need to have a valid driving license from your home country (regular driver’s license is enough, you don’t need to have a specific motorcycle license. )
- You will have to sign a liability form prior to the tour stating that you do indeed have this requirement.
- The weight limit is 140 KG per person – combined weight per ATV / buggy 220 KG
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
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.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.