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Northern Lights Explorer

Escape the reach of tour busses and city lights on this off-the-beaten-track northern lights super jeep excursion!

Escape the reach of tour busses and city lights on this off-the-beaten-track northern lights super jeep excursion!

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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.

We also have private version of the tour, Private Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour, which can be customized.
  • Availability
    September 1st - April 15th
  • Duration
    4 hours / 8:30 pm - 12:30 am
  • Level
    Easy
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    6 years
  • Ratio
    1:16
  • Price from
    19.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Northern lights
Super Jeep
Small group setting
Available from September 1st until April 15th
Included
Pick-up from Reykjavík
Hot chocolate and biscuits
Expert guidance

Each winter we are welcoming 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 hotel 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. The second tour might possibly be in a minibus.

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good warm shoes and wooly 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.

If you do not see any lights we rebook you on a second tour for free but please note that you need to contact us to re-book.

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 the latest. If the canceled you will receive an email telling you so.

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 light

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

If we cancel the tour it’s because in our opinion there is no chance of seeing the lights and we don’t want to bring you out for nothing.

Then your options are:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

In all cases you will need to contact our sales desk via email (info@adventures.is) or phone +354-562-7000.

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

Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  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.

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , 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 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

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Disclaimer
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.

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