Each winter, we welcome an ever-growing number of cosmic fans to Iceland searching for 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!
Your expert Northern Light guide will pick you up at your selected pickup location in Reykjavik in a custom-built 4×4 super jeep. And that's where the adventure begins. Once everyone is on board, we will leave the city lights behind and head into the...)
Your expert Northern Light guide will pick you up at your selected pickup location in Reykjavik in a custom-built 4×4 super jeep. And that's where the adventure begins. Once everyone is on board, we will leave the city lights behind and head into the darkness of the Icelandic countryside.
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 allows us to go off-the-beaten-path on roads the big buses and even 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.
Once we find the right spot (which will be decided the same day by our expert guide, depending on the weather predictions), we wait for the spectacle to begin. Usually, the Northern Lights appear about 100 km (60 miles) above the Earth’s surface. Wit...)
Once we find the right spot (which will be decided the same day by our expert guide, depending on the weather predictions), we wait for the spectacle to begin. 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 conquer the Earth with color. Just don’t forget to dress warmly! There’s nothing like a fleece sweater on a cold night 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 ensure the best chances of seeing them.
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 pick-up time in the booking process and on your final voucher. Picking everyone up ca...)
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 pick-up 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 pickup 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.
Northern Lights Beauty
Reviewed on September 19, 2022 by Beverley H Review from TripAdvisor
Amazing experience! The lights danced for us! Our driver took spectacular photos. The hot chocolate warmed us on a chilly night. 10 out of 10!
Incredible experience - highly recommend!
Reviewed on September 11, 2022 by Martin A Review from TripAdvisor
Reviewed on March 21, 2022 by Carina From our post-trip system
We arrived in Iceland on 13th March and had booked the 4x4 Northern Lights tour for 21:30 that night. We were picked up on time from our selected stop and the rest of the trip was magical. We stopped first a little outside Reykjavik and saw the beautiful aurora dancing in the sky.
We then hopped back in the massive 4x4 and up further into the snowy countryside to chase her again. We were not disappointed and saw the most amazing show where our tour stopped.
I can't remember our guides name (sorry!!) but he was fantastic, lots of local knowledge shared, friendly and funny.
We will return to Iceland and I will book again with Arctic Adventures for sure.
The lights were there
Reviewed on February 17, 2022 by Maureen E Review from TripAdvisor
Great tour guide-We found the Aurora!
Reviewed on November 04, 2021 by CyndyB Review from TripAdvisor
Becca was a Great tour guide- worked very hard to find the Aurora - and we did!
We had gone out the night before on the Jeep tour with no luck so got to rebook this one for free. The night before we only went to one stop! We did multiple stops looking for the Aurora with Becca. I think that’s why we had success. She was also super friendly and told Norse stories on the way back
I will say that the other tours we took with Arctic adventures had very long waits for,pickups. They have apparently sold some of their tours to,other operators and that was not always smooth. But Becca was great!
Super Jeep Northern Lights Tour
Reviewed on February 20, 2020 by Rebecca From our post-trip system
Great experience, would 100% recommend! Did not get to see the northern lights, however they did appear on the camera, but we were not able to take photos. It would have been nice to take photos as they were evident on the camera, and not to the naked eye, but nonetheless, was an amazing tour with the hot chocolate and shot of black death with biscuits! The tour guide was very upbeat and knowledgeable, and was very lovely. The best tour guide I had!
We will return
Reviewed on February 16, 2020 by Keith Overton From our post-trip system
We pre booked a Northern Lights Tour prior to arrival to Iceland and probably had the best of the lights. I said to my wife we were truly blessed and to add to the experience the tour guide was very relaxed, helpful and was not worried about the time we spent. He was more than happy to stay out as long as we were all prepared to gaze at the fantastic light spectacular. He was well informed and shared the information. We were so impressed with our night that we also booked a further two trips with Artic Adventures which were both great. We will return to Iceland and will use Artic Adventures for any further tours.
Reviewed on February 10, 2020 by Dave From our post-trip system
Picked up at exact time. Kolbein was great at explaining the lights and then to have the perfect viewing conditions was a bonus.... lights were stunning! A dream come true
Northern lights hunt
Reviewed on February 03, 2020 by Robert Review from TripAdvisor
Excellent from start to finish!! Bit sceptical about booking a tour having read negative reviews but I have to admit that I was totally wrong!! Really informative and knowledgeable guide who looked after the welfare of the small group, stunning views and pictures of the Aurora borealis topped off with hot chocolate and biscuits and a nice shot to warm the belly!! Would recommend booking immediately!! Still waiting for the professional pictures, the ones below I took on my phone which just confirms the timing and location were spot on.
Noooo sign of Aurora
Reviewed on January 03, 2020 by Rarlica Review from TripAdvisor
Fantastic vehicle, SuperJeep, great guide, and delicious hot chocolate. Only missing Aurora Borealis... they honored the guarantee to be accommodated on another night. Nice small group and informative guide. The “hunt” for an opening in the sky was unsuccessful but only reason less than 5 stars (they shouldn’t book on nights where there is a 100% chance of cloud coverage).
Aurora Borealis in 18/12/2019
Reviewed on December 19, 2019 by kamylla m Review from TripAdvisor
The tour is perfect. In the first day the kp indice was very low, however we could try again, and das perfect!
Fantastic Way To See The Northern Lights
Reviewed on November 28, 2019 by NicoleE2007 Review from TripAdvisor
Last night we had the pleasure of venturing out to see the Northern Lights with Aron. He was a fantastic guide, driver and professional photographer. This trip was a multi-generational adventure and a good time was had by all. We had a brilliant display from the aurora borealis and amazing photos as proof. Thank you for a great time Aron!
What an experience
Reviewed on November 27, 2019 by Niall Clifford Review from TripAdvisor
We went with the company on the first night of our trip but unfortunately we didn't see anything because of cloud cover but artic adventures offered us another night to have a go and we're so glad they did. Our guide Juraj could not have been more helpful and polite and his knowledge was amazing even showing all of us how to change the setting on our phones to get the best pictures. He took us to 3 different spots to see the lights and both of us were completely blown away. Juraj took as many pictures as people wanted and they are emailed out to you after a few days as Juraj was more than happy to share his knowledge of the lights the stars and Iceland in general. Can't recommend this trip enough and if you're really lucky you might get Jaraj as your guide .
I highly recommend their Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour!
Reviewed on October 23, 2019 by Joplin99 Review from TripAdvisor
We joined their Northern Lights Super Jeep tour, and while we didn't see the northern lights, we still had a grand time! First of all, their jeep is badass, and the other people at our pickup point who were joining a different tour were green with envy when they saw our ride. Lol.
I liked that the group was small (as opposed to the other tours with busload of tourists), the ride was comfortable, and we could drive off-road.
We also had a tour guide who wasn't only nice, but also funny and smart. He kept us entertained with his jokes and interesting trivia.
Also enjoyed the hot chocolates and biscuits while we were waiting in freezing weather. :)
Would definitely book this tour again when I go back!
Reviewed on October 20, 2019 by Carla B Review from TripAdvisor
Super Jeep IS provides excellent tours in Iceland. They go the extra mile to provide a good customer experience. We went on several tours with them. The Northern Lights tour was on a cloudy night but they drove a longer distance to give us the best possible chance of seeing the lights. With their expert guidance we were able to see the lights. The hot chocolate and vodka were a nice treat also along with the excellent guides.
Amazing Northern Lights Experience
Reviewed on September 24, 2019 by jostolo Review from TripAdvisor
During our visit to Iceland, my wife and I had picked a night that we hoped would give us the best opportunity to see the lights and we were not disappointed. The weather cooperated and the lights were amazing so this trip was fantastic. However our Arctic Adventures tour and guide really was the icing on the cake. They picked us up promptly and provided an entertaining collection of information about the island and the northern lights. Initially our viewing was not so good, but our guide kept hunting for the “best spot” for viewing and he found it. Beyond that we were provided with cocoa and a snack to keep us warm and awake. Finally he was super helpful with pictures and advice for pics. I can’t imagine anything else that we could have asked for to have made the trip better. I have already recommended Arctic Adventures to a friend planning a similar trip and I would certainly use them again if given the opportunity to return
The best day ever
Reviewed on April 10, 2019 by wendymurcia87 Review from TripAdvisor
Our tour guide had a lot of experience and knowledge about Auroras. Was really nice and friendly. I recommend 100% the tour specially in the jeep because they can go for different routes and kore darkness. In that way you have more chances to see the northern lights.
Reviewed on March 13, 2019 by James G Review from TripAdvisor
My wife and I were honeymooning in Iceland and took the Aurora Explorer Super Jeep tour. We had an absolutely wonderful time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and there was an astronomer guide there as well pointing out the constellations. On this trip we saw the northern lights and had a wonderful evening. Based upon our experience with Artic Adventures we enlisted their services for 3 additional tours on our trip. Thanks for a wonderful time!
Northern lights Super Jeep
Reviewed on February 18, 2019 by Lex65 Review from TripAdvisor
I was worried as I had read previous comments about this trip, however all unfounded. It is a bigger mini bus that normal with great big wheels, I have to say not sure what people were expecting when they say they did not get a super jeep, it does say this fits 16 people so it is obviously not going to be a 4 person jeep, we were happy with this vehicle as it was not your normal mini bus.
It took quite a while to find the lights but the driver never stopped looking, the vehicle does have to go off road a little which adds to the experience.
We saw some great lights although only a little with the naked eye, if you set your camera up with the right settings (ISO 1600 & appertue -2.8) then the camera picks up the lights far better.
It was great they took photos for free.
The hot chocolate was lovely together with a shot of local drink, the biscuits were bog standard custard cremes and something else, I felt they could of offered something a little nicer.
Overall we were very happy, goes to show to not listen to all the negative reviews.
Reviewed on February 18, 2019 by strandy63 Review from TripAdvisor
Our guide Simon was fabulous
Informative and very keen for us to enjoy our trip
We were very lucky to see the lights and can only thank him as he chased em down
Trip was about 4 hours which was enough as it gets cold up in the mountains so wrap up warm
Hot chocolate and donuts were provided
And driver told us about the various phone apps to download to improve our experience
No Jeeps but Lights Beyond Our Dreams
Reviewed on February 10, 2019 by Stephen C Review from TripAdvisor
We took this tour and had a Northern Lights experience one could only dream about, an incredible show of over 90 mins. The lights however, are completely out of control of the tour, what isn’t is false advertising.
This tour is at the very expensive end of the spectrum (€250 for a couple) and I’d like to clarify that we were not transported from Reykjavík in anything resembling a ‘Super Jeep’. We were picked up in a modified Mercedes Sprinter minibus along with 12/13 others. It’s not the end of the world but it’s a lot easier to justify the cost if you have 4 ‘Super Jeeps’ and 4 drivers rather than 1 Minibus with 1 driver.
The tour took us east away from Reykjavík (light pollution) for approx 20-25 miles at which point we left the road for a few minutes and drove down a snow covered gravel road into a field.
There were only quite faint lights at first but gradually they increased in activity and after 30/40 minutes everywhere we looked there was something awe inspiring going on overhead. We experienced the ‘lights’ from this field the entire time and as we were stood in 60cm snow it’s quite tough on your feet. Mine were ready to fall off after 2 hours even though I had hiking boots and 2 pairs of thick socks.
Part of this tour is that they take your photo with a camera with the correct settings and lens which helps capture the beauty of the lights. An iPhone or similar will not do the job!
On our way there the driver referred to ‘Icelandic cookies’ as per the tour description but these turned out to be Custard Creams and Bourbon Creams.
Undoubtedly the Northern Lights are an incredible sight and the lights themselves are something that are going to live with my partner and I as long as we have our memories.
A word of caution however; the tour have no control over the lights whatsoever and we got the show that we did by good fortune.
It also greatly helps to justify the cost when you’ve had a fantastic experience, but I would not have been happy to be driven 25 miles to a field in a minibus to have my picture taken for €125 if we had not gotten a show.
Northern lights super jeep tour
Reviewed on January 26, 2019 by Caroline Hong From our post-trip system
Booked the tour on the day of and was so lucky to catch the northern lights on our first day in! Our tour guide (name starting with a G?) was awesome. He also took pictures for us which was awesome because I did not have a dslr. Also served drinks and cookies and the end to get through the super cold night!! Perfect way to end the day. Arctic Adventures was quick to answer questions via FB messenger and would definitely book with them again.
Very informative and entertaining evening
Reviewed on January 19, 2019 by kphillipsBristol Review from TripAdvisor
From the moment we boarded the mini bus with Omar you knew it was going to be a very entertaining evening. From his tall tales of Elf's, Trolls and other mysterious characters he certainly knows how to captivate an audience. We moved a couple of times during the evening to try an gain the best views of the northern lights. Unfortunately even though the weather conditions were perfect they only decided to give us a small glimmer. Omar managed to take some wonderful photos which could be viewed afterwards. This was a lovely touch and a perfect memory of a lovely evening chasing those pesky Aurora Borealis.
I had booked our trip in advance, however after looking at the weather conditions I called and rearranged to go a night earlier as the forcast was better. THis was no issue for them and easily changed it.
Reviewed on January 08, 2019 by Laura P Review from TripAdvisor
Artic adventures told us around midday that our tour would go ahead that evening giving us plenty of notice either way. We were promptly picked up in the Arctic style mini bus and driven to our first location to find the lights. There was very little activity there but our guide Simon had informed us that they had satalite images and that a gap in clouds would open up West of where we were and he didn't disappoint. After patiently waiting at the next location the lights put on a spectacular show for us. Simon was also very kind and helped us set up our own camera so we would be able to take our own pictures of the lights which worked a treat. We also got an opportunity to have photos taken with the lights by the guides. Just at the right time hot chocolate, biscuits and even shots of black death were brought out to warm us up! We even went back for a few more shots and biscuits. Overall this tour was fantastic and although quite pricey definitely worth it! Just remember you cannot control the northern lights but these guys will do their best to find them for you and give you a great experience!
Didn’t make it but...
Reviewed on January 02, 2019 by Mickoharriso Review from TripAdvisor
...Arctic Adventures got in touch well in advance on the day to say the trip had been cancelled & offered us a refund / a chance to rebook. We couldn’t make the new date so opted for a refund which was processed the next day. I’d read reviews where some trips felt that they had been completed for the sake of it but found Arctic Adventures more than helpful (just a shame we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights!)
Reviewed on December 19, 2018 by Lauren L Review from TripAdvisor
We had a great tour. Simon was a knowledgeable guide and explained the science behind the Northern Lights. We went way off the beaten path and saw the most amazing view of dancing Auroras. It was really magical. The hot chocolate, schnapps and cookies were a lovely touch.
They even took photos of us and let us download them for no extra cost.
I would highly recommend this tour. Had we been on a big tour bus we could not have accessed the area they chose and once we saw the lights dancing, we had to jump off the Jeep as they only lasted a few minutes. Had we been in a big bus, half the group would have missed the best part.
Be patient, talk, enjoy a schnapps, wait some more!
Reviewed on December 02, 2018 by Ken H Review from TripAdvisor
This is our second trip to Iceland hunting the northern lights. The first time I booked with arctic adventures but the weather just didn’t come good and I received a full refund. We came back and booked again. I paid for the super-jeep tour because I wanted the best chance to get out there, if it snows the normal transport won’t go.
Our pick up point was busy but the guild came shouting my name so got on the vehicle no prob, good start.
The vehicle is an off-road 4x4 merc mini bus, it’s clean and comfy inside, I though it was cool.
Once everyone was collected, the company does try their hardest to get everyone, the guild starts to talk about the process and what’s going to happen and that he will try as hard as he can to allow us to see the lights.
After about 1 hours drive which goes by fast as the guild/driver is very entertaining we got to a good dark spot. We drove on a little to avoid the normal coach stops and everyone got out.
We saw faint signs of the lights and the guilds we’re very helpful. They takes great pictures. We all admitted it wasn’t getting better so at 00:00 we called quits.
After 10 minutes of driving our guild stopped the jeep informed everyone to get out as he a spotted the light in full flow. We have some amazing pictures and really had a great time, all thanks to Omar, our guild with a little help from Andy. Thanks again, these pictures are simple ones I took on my iPhone.
Great Expedition Even Without Lights
Reviewed on October 02, 2018 by Deborah H Review from TripAdvisor
After a couple of cloudy nights when the tours were canceled, our tour left on a semi-promising sky. As it turns out, the lights and sky didn't cooperate and alas! No northern lights! Despite the diasappointment, it was an adventure! Although I was leaving Iceland and couldn't take advantage of it, there was an opportunity to use your ticket at a later date.
Fantastic view of the lights
Reviewed on September 06, 2018 by lelly7888 Review from TripAdvisor
Yesterday, my sister and I took the Arctic adventure Northern Lights Jeep tour. The tour picked us up between 9:30-10PM and we had about an hour right to a remote location where there weren’t many clouds. Our guide, Ómar, was amazing! Once we got out there he showed us the different lights and took tons of pictures that we were able to download. Seeing the lights was an experience and the sky was clear to see different constellations and shooting stars. The pictures Ómar took really allowed us to cherish the experience and have a keep sake forever. Thank you so much!
New experience in a wild country over a super jeep!
Reviewed on April 15, 2018 by dbenor Review from TripAdvisor
I booked the tour for the northern lights with Artic 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 unfortunatelly they were not too strong, but even that happened, to see the sky like that night, was completely worth it.
For finishing the tour, he invited to us to hot chocolate, some biscuits and a nice Icelandic drink!
Thank you very much Simon!
Reviewed on February 18, 2018 by sammyg44 Review from TripAdvisor
A fabulous evening and we did get to see the lights. The only reason for 4/5 is because it was advertised as a ‘small group’ tour and we ended up in convoy with two other Super Jeeps. If we had not been on a Jeep we would not have been able to reach the spot we did to be able to view the lights. Other tours that same night did not see them.
The guides set up their camera and took photos throughout the evening, these were made available really quickly and were stunning.
Fantastic experience, great company!
Reviewed on January 25, 2018 by Jo H Review from TripAdvisor
We went on this tour last night and we were beyond delighted to have seen such an incredible northern lights display. We were driven by Gummi and he spent the journey giving us background on the lights, we were two super jeeps a in convoy and they knew exactly where to go to get us the best chance of seeing something on a night where there were no guarantees. We made a few stops for them to check for the lights using the camera - they could see something possibly starting and got us to a secluded spot to witness this amazing phenomena. They took incredible photos and made sure any of us who wanted a photo with the lights in backdrop got exactly that, and also provided us with hot chocolate and Icelandic schnapps. The tour guys were lovely, and were knowledgeable and attentive to the whole group. I cannot recommend these guys enough - to see what we saw and have an incredible photo to remember it by is just incredible. This trip was worth every penny and I cannot thank Arctic Adventures enough for such a magical experience.
A great hunt for the Northern Lights
Reviewed on January 24, 2018 by Mark H Review from TripAdvisor
This was a really great tour.
We were picked up with no trouble and didn't have to drive for ages, just away from the light pollution of Reykjavik. Our guide, Gunnar was a great guy, funny and knowledgeable, plus he had the biscuits, hot chocolate and booze.
On this occasion we didn't see the lights, it was too cloudy and, whilst impressive in its own right, it was a super-moon and way too bright. (moon cycle is something to consider if you are specifically traveling in hope of seeing the lights)
It was also great value for money, given that you are not paying to see the Northern Lights, this is impossible. You're paying someone to put you in the best possible circumstances to see them, which they did in a friendly, interesting way.
Would recommend for sure, a great trip out.
This option is a blast!
Reviewed on December 21, 2017 by ernestBT48 Review from TripAdvisor
Amazing how other reviewers rate the company on whether the Northern Lights make their appearance or not....
We traveled in a small group from our hotel, picked up promptly at 20.30 by Simon in his polar-equipped super-jeep. This is a sight to see in its own right.
We scooted out the main road to the tundra 20 minutes east of Reykjavik and waited patiently perhaps an hour in the freezing dark - to no avail.
Simon and his colleagues appear to have a comms system as we then boarded again and spun over to the south shore (names escape me), where the lights made their majestic appearance late into the night.
The guides have a terrific camera and tripod setup and not only film the celestial magic for those of us who haven't the know-how or technology, but they also photo each traveler/couple or family with this amazing natural wonder as a backdrop in the nordic sky.
As we got colder, out came the hot chocolate and liquor affectionately called 'black death'....now that warmed everybody up! Back to the city at 01.00 and all the photos were loaded to Dropbox for download, saving and sharing - no hidden extra costs.
Bravo to the Arctic Adventure team for a warm welcome and informative visit.
Didn't See The Lights
Reviewed on December 06, 2017 by Chelsea H Review from TripAdvisor
It was looking pretty good in the early day, weather was clear and light forecast was a 5/9. We were picked up in a mini-bus on steroids. 48inch wheels that can deflate and "glide across snow".
We headed out a Reykjavik full of hope, clouds have moved into the area. OUr guides took us out and away from there. We ended up in Þingvellir and going up the side of a glacier. We did find a place with no clouds half way up but the index had dropped and there was no aurora's to be seen.
We went back to Reykjavik. We were unable to redeem the back up tour they offer, a minibus tour as the next day was cancelled. But they said when we came to Iceland next they would hold the promise of us getting on a tour then, we just needed to provide the reference number.
Guide was amazing. Very experienced and knowledgeable. Sad we didn't see the lights but still a load of fun
Absolutely Amazing...Northern Lights!!
Reviewed on November 19, 2017 by Michelle D Review from TripAdvisor
We booked this tour for our first night in Iceland. We were picked up in downtown Reykjavik in a Super Jeep during a snow storm. During our drive, we met with another Super Jeep and continued our journey in hopes we would get past the snow. Thankfully we did and in a short time we were up in a mountain, middle of nowhere with clear skies waiting for the Northern Lights. Within minutes, the sky started to transform and we got to see the magic of the Northern Lights. Both tour guides were great. They even had a professional camera and tripod taking pictures of the group (Simon did an amazing job of capturing these amazing shots). So grateful that they did this as you do need a sophisticated camera to capture these images. They even provided hot chocolate, cookies and Brennivin (Icelandic liquor). The following day you were able to download all of the pictures that they took FREE of charge. This tour was the highlight of my entire time in Iceland. If you are thinking of going to Iceland and seeing the Northern Lights, definitely book with this company!!
Reviewed on November 09, 2017 by Jersshore08 Review from TripAdvisor
The super jeeps are really cool. I opted for this because they could take you off road, which the tour buses can't do. Our guide was really nice and one of the other guides in the group was able to help us set our cameras so we could take pictures on our own. They also took pictures of us with the northern lights in the background which we all really appreciated. They took us to three different locations until we were able to see the lights clearly without light pollution.
Amazing 10th Anniversary
Reviewed on October 19, 2017 by Lynz S Review from TripAdvisor
This was an awesome tour! We had some amazing views of the lights and our tour guides were so much fun! They were able to take over 600 pics and were all about having a good time and making sure all of us had the best time! They were very knowledgeable about the lights and when the lights really started to dance, the guides were getting excited just like we were! You could tell that they loved their country and wanted to show us the best time!.
Superb aurora tour from Reykjavik
Reviewed on September 30, 2017 by David Review from TripAdvisor
Clem, our tour guide for the aurora spotting, was exceptional. His knowledge, enthusiasm, humour and realism was just what the tour needed. Everyone came away knowing more about the science of aurora, with a better sense of how to capture them on their SLR's and with a real sense of how lucky we are to catch a view of the wonderous lights. As it happened, we had a great viewing! Clem (sorry about the spelling) kept in contact with various folk in the area to ensure he maximised our chances of catching a view...and his contacts did not let us down!
SuzanneDinSF San Francisco, California 5426 Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour with Linda
Reviewed on April 29, 2017 by SuzanneDinSF Review from TripAdvisor
We had such a marvelous time on the Super Jeep tour to see the Northern Lights! Linda was a great guide... engaging, informative, and fun... and the group of Super Jeeps took us all to the most wonderful off-road destination for the best chance at catching the aurora. Based on the forecast, they took us to an abandoned farmhouse out on the Reykjanes peninsula, which made for a great photography setting, and we were well clear of the lights in Reykjavik. The other guides were all friendly and helpful as well... extra thanks to Klemmi for chatting about photo techniques for catching the aurora myself, and for the great photos of us with the aurora as a backdrop (an included service in this tour, as well as delicious cookies and Brennevin). We had a wonderful time with Arctic Adventures, and wouldn't hesitate to book with them again the next time we're in Iceland!
Northern lights super jeep
Reviewed on February 09, 2016 by Wre2nxt Review from TripAdvisor
Booked a northern lights jeep tour with this company and was not disappointed. They turned up promptly and with a friendly guide. They drove us out to the sticks to see if we could spot the aurora borealis which we did it was a magical experience and something to cross off the bucket list well worth it!
Go-to Tour Operator
Reviewed on February 06, 2016 by John Review from TripAdvisor
Signed up for a couple of tours while on a short break in Reykjavik. The northern lights hunt was fantastic - the driver was friendly, knowledgable and made everyone on the tour feel welcome. The SuperJeep mini bus was well presented and comfortable.
We were lucky and the clouds parted early in the night for us, we were treated to a magnificent Aurora Borealis display. A number of people from the previous night joined us as well - if the weather fails and there is no sign of the Aurora then customers are offered to come back again for no additional charge.
Unfortunately our second tour was cancelled due to weather (golden circle with snowmobiling). The weather was pretty severe so heading out onto the glacier would have been too dangerous.
The team were helpful and very professional, we were offered the opportunity to join a different tour that wasn't weather-dependent or have a full refund as this was our last day in Iceland (otherwise we would have been on the tour the next day!).
Over all I'd recommend going to these guys for any short break in Iceland - friendly and helpful staff, the company is also well-equipped. Five star service!
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.