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.
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. Immerse yourself in the winter wonderland with snowmobiling, glacier hiking and more in the 4 Day Northern Lights Winter Package.
Find the best value of your visit with a Combo Tour, which combines Northern Lights with other fun activities like whale watching and lava caving.
If you’ve seen all the Best Hits in Iceland and adventure’s your game, check out our special tour tailored for the explorer in you. Our 2 Day – Landmannalaugar, Thjorsardalur and Northern Lights rewards hikers with unforgettable views of the Northern Lights in the stark, wild beauty of the highlands.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 16.990 ISK more! Combo Tours and Multi-Day Tours are also priced at the best value possible.