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Join one of our Northern Lights tours in Iceland to experience this majestic natural phenomenon for yourself. The Northern Lights have fascinated onlookers for centuries. Imbued with a magical aura, these mesmerizing dancing colors and shapes are featured in many ancient myths and folktales.

 

Most popular Northern lights tours from Reykjavik

Northern lights day tours from Reykjavik

On a Day Tour, chase the Northern Lights in the evening! Combo with the Golden Circle or catch a boat out from Reykjavik Old Harbor.

NORTHERN LIGHTS MULTI-DAY TOURS

Our Multi-Day Tours offer the best value for your trip to Iceland. Visit Snaefellsnes Peninsula or the South Coast. Each night spent in the countryside offers a better chance to glimpse the elusive Northern Lights.

NORTHERN LIGHTS COMBO TOURS

Our Combo Tours combine the Northern Lights with some fun-packed activities! Visit waterfalls, try snorkeling in glacier water, or go whale watching!

Northern lights day tour from North Iceland

NORTHERN LIGHTS SELF-DRIVE TOURS

About Northern Lights Tours in Iceland

Hunting down the auroras alone can be a bit tricky, especially if you aren’t familiar with the landscape. Driving conditions in winter can be hazardous, especially for people who aren’t used to driving in the snow, the fog, or on slippery roads. It can save valuable time to book a tour with one of our professional guides. They know the perfect spots that are optimal for viewing the Northern Lights, which can change on any given day.

With more than 20 Northern Lights Tours, how do you find the perfect tour to suit your trip? We’ve prepared a quick questionnaire to answer that question for you.

If you’re in Reykjavik for just a night or two, a day trip is the ideal bite-sized trip for your layover or self-drive. The Magical Auroras – Northern Lights Tour is our all-time bestseller! Head out in either a minibus or upgrade to a Super Jeep on the Northern Lights Explorer. There’s plenty of time to squeeze in the Blue Lagoon before your trip!

If you’re in Iceland for many days, why not try a multi-day tour that includes the Northern Lights? Check out the first-timer’s package 3 Day South Coast which includes the Golden Circle, Jokusarlon and a visit to the Ice Cave.

Find the best value for your visit with a Combo Tour, which combines Northern Lights with other fun activities like ice caving, the Golden Circle, volcano hike, whale watching or Aurora Museum.

If you seeking adventures and your goal is to enjoy the Northern Lights show every day, check out our special tour tailored for the Northern Lights explorer in you. Our 8-Day Northern Lights tour with Golden Circle, Myvatn, hot springs, waterfalls, glacier hike and more, rewards explorers with unforgettable views of the Northern Lights.

About the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are a natural phenomenon that illuminates the night sky in enchanting ribbons of color. Many visitors come to Iceland in the winter months with the hope of glimpsing the lights. They can vary widely in color, intensity, and shape, but most commonly appear as swaying green curtains.

 

Northern Lights dancing in the Winter Sky | South West, Iceland.

Why Iceland is the perfect place to see the Northern Lights

Due to its proximity to the Arctic Circle, Iceland is the perfect destination to see the auroras. As Iceland is not densely populated, there is little light pollution. Even so, our tours always venture out from the cities to the countryside for optimal viewing. As the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik is ideal as a base for international travelers hoping to glimpse the lights.

The best time to see the Northern Lights

The best time during the year to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is from September to April, due to lower light pollution and frequency. In December and January, the nights are the longest, with only around 4-5 hours of sunlight. So the chances to see the light show increases exponentially during this season. Check our winter tours to make sure you won't miss any nature wonders!

Northern Lights Forecast

Important factors for ideal aurora viewing include recent solar activity, cloud density, and darkness. It’s always better to check the aurora forecast a few hours beforehand to know where the auroras will appear, how intense they will be and where there are fewer clouds. However, just like the weather forecast, this can be a bit inaccurate at times.

FAQ about the Northern Lights tours 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 contact our Customer care 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.

Please contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.

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.

The first step is to make sure your credit card provider allows you to make payments in Canadian Dollars (CAD) or American Dollars (USD) if you have selected.

In some cases, your credit card company would need to pre-authorize the transaction for you before you can process the transaction online.

If you are still having problems booking through Arctic Adventures website www.adventures.is then please contact our Customer Care Team

Since it’ll be nighttime and winter when you chase the Northern Lights, dress warmly! Be sure to dress in comfortable layers. Take an undershirt, a fleece sweater, and a jacket to go over everything. Don’t forget thermal underwear or leggings too!

It really depends on the tour. Our basic tour in a minivan starts from 9.990 ISK. Upgrade to a Super Jeep for just 18.990 ISK more! Combo Tours and Multi-Day Tours are also priced at the best value possible.

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