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Northern Lights Explorer

CHASE THE AURORA IN A COMFORT SUPER JEEP

Escape the big tour buses and go off-the-beaten-track to hunt the Northern Lights in a stylish Super Jeep!

Escape the big tour buses and go off-the-beaten-track to hunt the Northern Lights in a stylish Super Jeep!

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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!

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    ~ 4 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:16

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    16.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
The Northern Lights
Super Jeep Ride
Icelandic Countryside
Included
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.


Practical Information

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.


Pick-up Information

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.


 

Please note

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.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

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.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

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

What if the Northern Lights tour goes ahead and no Northern Lights are seen?

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.

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour is cancelled?

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 go to My Adventures to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354-562-7000.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

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.

Will my guide take pictures for me?

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.

What months can you see the northern lights?

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.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?

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.

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Northern Lights Explorer | Average rating: 4.8/5 based on 13 customer reviews


"Northern lights tour" | 5 stars By Edmund 26/01/2018
Thank you Simon for being such a fantastic guide! Informing us when the northern lights appeared while we hid in the bus to escape the cold. And he was eagerly ensuring everyone had a photo with the northern lights.
"Fun Night" | 5 stars By Julie 16/02/2018
We didn't get to see the lights on our trip and were leaving the next day so we couldn't re-boook for another try but we still had a great time. It was nice being out in the cold we were given hot coco and vodka if anyone wanted. We had fun with the guides asking them questions and spending time with them. We know the lights aren't a guarantee so we just had a nice evening instead. Thank you!
"We enjoyed the tour" | 3 stars By Jen Chesnut 22/02/2018
We enjoyed the tour and were so excited to see the Northern Lights, we got lucky and the lights were out right away. However, I booked with this company because they say they take pictures. We posed for 2 different pictures with the lights behind us, and neither of them were uploaded. I have emailed the office a few times and have been offered very little help, and there is many days between responses. Seeing the lights may be a once in a lifetime experience and we so badly wanted to have the picture. Not sure if I would suggest a friend to take this tour or not. While the guide there was great, overall I am left feeling sad about the photos we were told we would get the next day.
"Northern Lights Superjeep tour" | 4 stars By Nuala Morris 22/02/2018
This is a great experience and definiteky worthwhile doing with these guys. They take you out for about 4 hours and we were very fortunate to see the Northern Lights. My only suggestion would be to make it slightly shorter if possible as we got back at 1pm when midnight would have been ample.
"Wonderful experience" | 5 stars By Kirsten 10/03/2018
Wonderful experience, fun guides, and I definitely recommend springing for the super Jeep over a bus. We were able to go where the busses could not, and it was really fun to ride in. Seeing the Northern Lights was incredible! I really appreciate how the tour group gave us the option to reschedule when weather wasn’t ideal for the Northern Lights. They sent out an email in advance and rebooking for another night was quick and easy.
"We got to see the northern lights" | 5 stars By Lin Lefevre 16/03/2018
We were so lucky as we got to see the northern lights. The super truck was great fun too.
"Super" | 5 stars By Aleksandra Czesak 18/03/2018
Worth every penny.
"The best northern light" | 5 stars By Dwi Widayana 14/03/2018
Thank you for the best northern light I've ever saw! Eventhough the forecaster said the activity was low, but the sky was exploded with the bright aurora. It was my first active dancing aurora. Thank you again for allowed us stay a little bit longer that night!
"Awesome Northern Light Trip with Super Jeep" | 5 stars By Artika S. Prianti 02/04/2018
Awesome Tour, The uber cool super jeep picked us up from the hotel, we were just driving around 25 minutes from Reykjavik and suddenly we saw an opening at the sky. At first, I thought I was hallucinating, until Benny our tour guide told us that we were lucky cause the Aurora is happening... very unforgettable experience and they also took photos of us with Aurora background and the result was awesome. A very recommended northern light tour!!!! Thank you!!!
"New experience in a wild country over a super jeep!" | 5 stars By Daniel Benjumea 15/04/2018
"I booked the tour for the northern lights with Arctic Adventures in April and who was our guide, Simon, was explaining to us a lot of anecdotes about the northern lights and other stuff. The travel was inside of a super jeep, going through a country road until we reached a place with non-light pollution at all. Simon gave his best for taking us to a good spot for watching them although unfortunately, they were not too strong, even that happened, to see the sky like that night, was completely worth it. For finishing the tour, he invited us to hot chocolate, some biscuits, and a nice Icelandic drink! Thank you very much, Simon!"
"Great trip - must do the Super Jeep" | 5 stars By Eric Greenshields 15/04/2018
Great tour. Saw the lights and got great photos. Riding in the Super Jeep alone was worth the trip. Our guide, Simon, was excellent. Very nice and knowledgeable. Answered our questions on everything from the lights, astronomy, geography, history to the camera set-up and mechanics of the Super Jeep. Made sure we all had great pictures and took great care of us. Great fun.
"Good experience" | 5 stars By Ita 21/04/2018
"Our guide name is Ivor (not sure the spelling is correct). He is funny and keep us awake. He is very informative. He took pictures of us a lot. He is very good. Overall I have a good experience. I think the super jeep is the way to go to see the northern light."
"Amazing life experience" | 5 stars By David Haghighi 15/10/2018
Great trip out to see the Northern Lights. Our tour guide Omar was amazing - went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time and got great pics. We were fortunate enough to have a great light show. That aside, it was a great experience being out there, seeing the skies as clear as glass (saw 3 shooting stars!!!), with Omar and the team keeping the schnapps and cocoa flowing. Great times.
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