The adventure begins with a pick-up from your accommodation place in Reykjavik and heading to the city's outskirts.
Northern Lights are caused by the atoms of oxygen and nitrogen colliding with the electrons released during solar storms. Since it's a natural phenomenon, it is very difficult to predict when the Northern Lights will be visible. Still, experienced No...)
Northern Lights are caused by the atoms of oxygen and nitrogen colliding with the electrons released during solar storms. Since it's a natural phenomenon, it is very difficult to predict when the Northern Lights will be visible. Still, experienced Northern Lights guides have the tools to calculate the best chances.
It is known that the best chance to see the Northern Lights is to drive away from the city and light pollution. Our specially designed all-terrain vehicles will take you to places other vehicles cannot reach. You'll escape the crowds gathered to watch this amazing show and watch the magical Northern Lights in privacy.
Seeing the Northern Lights is truly an experience to be had at least once in a lifetime. Join us and see it for yourself!
We strongly recommend you allow us to help you with pictures, as the Northern Lights are notoriously tricky to photograph. Our expert photographers will be delighted to shoot this amazing light show for you, allowing you to concentrate on seeing it w...)
We strongly recommend you allow us to help you with pictures, as the Northern Lights are notoriously tricky to photograph. Our expert photographers will be delighted to shoot this amazing light show for you, allowing you to concentrate on seeing it with your own eyes. If you are keen to photograph it yourself then we will help you configure your camera, although we strongly recommend that you have a shutter speed of up to 15 sec, a high ISO (800+) and an aperture between f/1.4 and f/4.0.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them on our tours. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions, which are factors entirely out of our control.
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.
Your camera doesn't have a single setting that will guarantee excellent pictures. But if you have manual controls, playing with different mixtures of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings is usually preferable. As a general rule, ISO settings of 800 to 3200, f/2.8 to f/5.6, and shutter speeds of 15 to 30 seconds have been found to be successful.
Keep in mind that ISO settings between 800 and 3200, f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speeds between 15 and 30 seconds have produced excellent results.
Results from various combinations can vary greatly. You can take faster exposures with a higher ISO setting, but the photographs can turn up grainier as a result.
If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.
In low-light situations, wider-angle lenses are typically more adaptable, while longer lenses provide you with more compositional alternatives. Make sure to take off any lens filters because they could cause image distortion. Most likely, using a manual setting for infinite focal length will get the greatest results.
For more tips, read our blog on photographing the Northern Lights.
A refund is not available if the Northern Lights tour goes ahead and no Northern Lights are seen, however, we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.
Please contact our Customer Care Team 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 embark on and use the deposit for it.
3. Get fully refunded.
Please contact our Customer Care team to re-book your tour.
Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the Northern Lights behind you. These can be single or group photos and are 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 colder winter months, from 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 depends on two unique factors. The first is the weather: If the sky is clear, with no clouds, then you are halfway to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second factor, so if these two are both favorable at the same time you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.
The first step is to make sure your credit card provider allows you to make payments in Canadian Dollars (CAD) or American Dollars (USD) if you have selected these currencies.
In some cases, your credit card company would need to pre-authorize the transaction for you before you can process the transaction online.
If you are still having problems booking through the Arctic Adventures website (www.adventures.is) then please contact our Customer Care Team.