Escape the big tour buses and city lights on this off-the-beaten-track northern lights super jeep excursion!
Venture into the night with us in the luxury of a super jeep on a quest for the spectacular, unique and ever-changing show put on by the northern lights. Riding in a super jeep will give you exclusive access to the best spots around to really get to enjoy these phenomenal dancing lights in the sky we so eagerly seek to witness. Wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while getting to experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis. Your guide will find the best spots, tell you all about this natural wonder and take free photographs so you can 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
Each winter we are welcoming an increased number of people coming to Iceland in search of the famous Aurora Borealis. This fascinating natural phenomenon, otherwise known as the northern lights, is one of the most mesmerizing sights you will ever come across in your life. The dancing colors and shapes in the dark arctic sky will simply leave you awestruck.
You will be picked up at your selected pick up location in a custom-built 4×4 super jeep by our expert northern lights guide. We leave the lights of the city behind and head into the darkness for our adventure. On the search for the northern lights, we might travel through some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural sights without knowing but your guide is sure to let you know what the night is hiding. The super jeep gives us the flexibility to go off of the beaten path to locations the big buses can not reach. Giving us a greater chance to enjoy the northern lights and the wonders of the night sky without the discomfort of big crowds. In the cold night, there is nothing like some hot chocolate to keep warm and the brave ones 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.
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. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer clients the chance to join another evening’s departure free of charge upon availability.
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 is at 20:30 pm from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. 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.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
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.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
“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.