The Northern Lights have fascinated onlookers for centuries. Embued with a magical aura, these mesmerizing arrays of dancing colors and shapes are featured in many ancient myths and folktales. Join one of our Northern Lights tours in Iceland to experience this majestic natural phenomenon for yourself.
Northern Lights Day Tours
Northern Lights Combo Tours
Northern Lights Multi-day Tours
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.
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.
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.
Which Northern Lights Tour is right for me?
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:
In Reykjavik for just a day or two?
A day tour provides bite-sized trips for your layover or self-drive. Since the Northern Lights occur at nighttime, there’s plenty of time to squeeze in a stop at the Blue Lagoon, for instance. Build your ideal vacation in Iceland piece by piece.
- Embark on our bestseller, Magical Auroras – Northern Lights Tour
- Upgrade from a minibus to a Super Jeep on the Northern Lights Explorer
- Wrap up your day with a Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavik.
Staying a bit longer?
See Iceland the way it was meant to be seen, on our multi-day tours that introduce you to the best highlights of Iceland.
- The first-timer’s package: 3 Day South Coast – Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave
- An intensive whirlwind of the best: 5 Day South Coast, Snaefellsnes & Northern Lights
- Immerse yourself in our winter wonderland with snowmobiling, glacier-hiking and more on the 4 Day Northern Lights Winter Package.
Make the most of your visit with a Combo
Save time by combining two popular activities on our Northern Lights combo tours, such as:
- the Golden Circle and the Northern Lights, on the Golden Circle Aurora Surprise
- whales and auroras on the Whale Watching & Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik
- test your inner pioneer with Caving, the Golden Circle & Northern Lights – Combo Madness.
Driving up to North Iceland?
Driving on the Ring Road and looking for the lights closer to the Arctic Circle? Book the Akureyri Northern Lights Tour or our Whale Watching & Northern Lights in the North of Iceland.
Second time in Iceland?
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.