Escape the big tour buses and go off-the-beaten-track to hunt Iceland's magical Northern Lights. We pick you up and drive you around in stylish and comfortable Super Jeep!
Our Northern Lights chase on a super jeep is the ultimate experience for space lovers. Adventure off the beaten track in the super jeep grants you exclusive access to the best spots in Iceland to admire the dancing lights in all their glory. We’ll drive where big buses can’t get to, away from the crowds and light pollution. Wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while gazing up at the Aurora Borealis in the heavens!
Your guide will tell you all about this natural wonder and take free photographs so you can always keep the memory alive!
Sept. - Apr.
~ 4 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- The Northern Lights
- Super Jeep Ride
- Icelandic Countryside
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Northern Lights Photos
- Guided Tour in a Super Jeep
- Hot Chocolate & Biscuits
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Free WiFi on Board Your Super Jeep
The Northern Lights in Iceland
Each winter, we welcome an ever-growing number of cosmic fans coming to Iceland in search of the famous Aurora Borealis. Just a smidge below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is among the world’s best places to see colors dance in the Northern Hemisphere.
This natural phenomenon occurs when particles from the sun, also known as the solar wind, enter the Earth’s magnetic field. As electrically charged particles start to collide with gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere, something here about “creates auroras”. Be prepared to be awestruck by swirling curtains of light in the dark sky!
Hop on a Super Jeep from Reykjavik
You’ll be picked up at your selected pickup location in Reykjavik, in a custom-built 4×4 super jeep by our expert Northern Lights guide. Once everyone is on board, we will leave the city lights behind and head into the darkness for our adventure.
On the search for the Aurora Borealis, we might travel past some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural sights. Though shrouded in darkness, your guide is sure to point out what the night is hiding. The super jeep gives us the flexibility to go off-the-beaten-path on roads the big buses and regular 4x4s can’t reach. Heading out on country roads gives us a greater chance to enjoy the Northern Lights and the wonders of the night sky without the discomfort of big crowds.
Soak in the Aurora Borealis
Once we find the perfect spot, all we have to do is wait and let the spectacle evolve. Usually, the Northern Lights appear about 100 km (60 miles) above the Earth’s surface. Witnessing a light show emerge above the north magnetic pole is an experience that defies description. It’s as if space is trying to suffuse the Earth with color. Just don’t forget to dress warmly! On a cold night, there’s nothing like a fleece sweater to keep you warm. We’ll also serve you a tasty cup of hot chocolate. Brave souls can even add some Icelandic Brennivín to theirs!
Our guides take photos every time the Northern Lights are spotted, so you can be sure to get your picture taken with the aurora. See photos from previous tours here.
Kindly note that the Northern Lights are natural phenomena that are difficult to predict, but our guides do everything in their power to make sure you see the lights.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket, and pants, headwear and gloves. Good warm shoes and woolly socks. Northern Lights tours require you to watch the skies and that means you will be outside at night in Iceland in winter. Dress warmly, there is no such thing as too many layers of clothes on our Aurora tours.
For the Northern Lights adventure, pick up is at either 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) or 21:30 (9:30 p.m.), depending on the season. You’ll find the actual pickup time in the booking process and on your final voucher. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
As the success of the Northern Lights Explorer tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel departures until 18:15 on the day of the tour. A refund is not available if the 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. Note that you need to contact us to re-book.
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.
“Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour!!”
We loved this tour!! After a rainy/cloudy few days, we didn’t expect to see the northern lights very well. We were very lucky, however, and saw them immediately at the beginning of our tour. Our tour guide, Klemence, was very funny, kind, and informative. We learned a lot and he took AMAZING pictures of us with the lights. The hot chocolate was a nice touch too on a chilly night. Thank you, Arctic Adventures!!
“Northern Lights Superjeep Tour”
We originally booked to go on the Friday but it got cancelled due to bad weather. We rebooted on the Monday and did go hunting for them but with no luck. If you don’t see them then you get to go again so we booked for the Tuesday. It was our last night so had everything crossed and we managed to see them!! Such a fantastic experience. The superjeep was amazing as it allowed us to go off-road and to places coaches would not be able to go, increasing our chances of seeing them. We stopped near a lovely beach and were given shots of Brennivin, an Icelandic snapps to try. They also provided hot chocolate and biscuits which was a nice touch. The guides knew exactly how to find the lights and did everything they could to track them down. We were not disappointed. Clemi also took some brilliant photos on his camera for us!!
“Northern lights tour”
Absolutely over the moon with our tour for the Northern Lights. We were picked up by a very happy, enthusiastic gentlemen (I believe his name was Clemby) who greeted us in a friendly fashion. We were then taken to the super jeeps which were very cool! Clemby was a great tour guide, had us laughing the whole way there and back. We were taken to an abandoned house in the middle of no where (great to see the lights) where we met up with the other two super jeeps. The team laid out a shot for everyone and kept track of when they thought the northern lights would appear. Sure enough we saw them exactly when Clemby predicted. He set up his camera to take a free photo of anyone who wanted one (We have an amazing photo of us with the lights in the background which we would never have achieved ourselves!). We were then given a hot chocolate to keep us warm. On the journey back to the hotel, Clemby gave us lots of history of Iceland which is very interesting.
Overall it was a fantastic experience and would definitely recommend doing this trip wirh Arctic Adventures.