Welcome aboard! Our trip starts with a quick drive towards the town of Mosfellsbær, located about 15 minutes from downtown Reykjavik.
Upon arrival, your tour guide will give you a safety briefing and show you how to operate the bike. You don’t need to have any previous ATV riding experience, all you need is a valid driver’s license. Children eight and older can ride as passengers in the ATVs.
Once the group is ready to hit the road, rev up your engines and let the ride begin! Speed across moon-like lava fields and feel the wind on your face! Ascend the 844-m high Mount Hafrafjall, featured in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. From the summit take in eye-popping views over Reykjavik — a perfect spot for Instagrammble pictures.
After the ride, we’ll drop you off at the original pickup place at 11:30 a.m. You’ll have some free time to grab refreshments before we kick off the second part of the tour.
Pickup for the Golden Circle tour starts at 12:00 p.m. This tour is an express version of Iceland’s most famous route, the Golden Circle. See three natural wonders in one exciting afternoon! Thingvellir National Park First, visit Thingvellir National...)
Pickup for the Golden Circle tour starts at 12:00 p.m. This tour is an express version of Iceland’s most famous route, the Golden Circle. See three natural wonders in one exciting afternoon!
First, visit Thingvellir National Park, the country’s most important historical site. The Vikings created the world’s oldest parliament, the Althing, here in 930 c.e. Take a picture near the Law Rock (Lögberg), where parliament members gathered annually.
Located in a rift valley, Thingvellir marks the place where North America and Europe are moving away from each other. Walk between two tectonic plates and celebrate the world’s most dramatic landscapes. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.
Next, explore the country’s geothermal mecca, popularly known as the Geysir Geothermal Area. Hike among bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers. Witness Strokkur, the most active geyser in the area. The geyser hurls boiling water up to 100 feet in the air every 10 minutes.
Finally, be wowed by Iceland's most famous waterfall, Gullfoss. The powerful double cascade drops 105 ft into the Hvítá River. The river originates in the second-largest glacier in Europe, Langjökull. On sunny days, the waterfall creates shimmering rainbows, while in winter the falls glitter in ice.
The pickup for the ATV quad ride starts at 9:00 a.m. We kindly ask you to be 15 minutes before the pickup time at your selected pickup location in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. The pickup...)
The pickup for the ATV quad ride starts at 9:00 a.m. We kindly ask you to be 15 minutes before the pickup time at your selected pickup location in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. The pickup for the Golden Circle part starts at 12:00 p.m.
You’ll have enough time between the two activities to grab refreshments at Joi Fel Bakery. Alternatively, we suggest bringing a packed lunch. Don’t forget to bring good hiking shoes for your ATV ride! We also suggest bringing warm layers, waterproof ...)
You’ll have enough time between the two activities to grab refreshments at Joi Fel Bakery. Alternatively, we suggest bringing a packed lunch. Don’t forget to bring good hiking shoes for your ATV ride! We also suggest bringing warm layers, waterproof top layer, headwear, and gloves.
What if I don’t have the necessary clothing?
You can rent hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process or on location. We recommend booking these items in advance.
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.