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Northern Lights Tours from Reykjavik

By Viator, April 2016

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The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a spectacular display of swirling colors which appear at winter in polar regions. They can be elusive, but Iceland has the perfect conditions for viewing this breathtaking natural phenomenon. 

First, you need darkness. Iceland dangles from the Arctic Circle like clothes on a washing line, so darkness is something you get a whole lot of between the autumn and spring equinoxes. Also, you need to ensure the light pollution from cities and towns is at a minimum – not a problem once you’re out of modestly-sized Reykjavik.

According to the Vikings, the Northern Lights represented the glinting of Valkyries’ armor. Modern science has since unlocked the mechanics of these apparitions, which occur when solar storms send particles to collide with Earth’s upper atmosphere, concentrated at the poles. But even once you know where they come from, nothing will destroy the child-like awe when vast bands of green, red and violet dance in the inky black sky.

Though there are no guarantees, the best chance of a sighting is a clear night with lots of solar activity from September to March; a guide who knows the best viewing spots definitely helps. 

On Northern Lights tours from Reykjavik, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken in a heated coach to a prime viewing spot, accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide. Wrap up warm, sit back and cross your fingers! And, if you want to snap the perfect pic, make sure you've brought a tripod. 

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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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Don't miss the opportunity to take a mysterious night trip to witness the famous Northern Lights, one of nature's most spectacular displays. Far from the glow ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 3 - 5 hours

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Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

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See the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, from a comfortable boat on this unique cruise from Reykjavik. Leave Iceland’s coast to experience this ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Blue Lagoon and Evening Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Cruises
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Blue Lagoon and Evening Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Relax in Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon and enjoy an evening Northern Lights cruise from Reykjavik. After an afternoon bathing in the warm, turquoise waters of ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day ... 
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Iceland Super Saver: Northern Lights Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Spot whales and see the world’s greatest light show on this unforgettable Iceland Super Saver from Reykjavik. Choose which days and in what order you wish to ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: Whale-watching cruise: 3.5 hours
Northern Lights cruise: 2.5 hours

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Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik by Super Jeep, Reykjavik, Super Savers
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Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik by Super Jeep

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Seek the celestial green glow of the northern lights on a 4-hour Iceland tour by ‘super jeep,’ a spacious SUV that’s designed to travel on the rugged Icelandic ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Night Tours
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Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Savor dinner at Kopar, one of Reykjavik’s top restaurants, and search for the Northern Lights by sea on this memorable evening experience. The fine dining ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik: Lobster Dinner, Lava Caves and Eyrarbakki, Reykjavik, Night ... 
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Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik: Lobster Dinner, Lava Caves and Eyrarbakki

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Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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2-Day Northern Lights Adventure Tour Including Glacier Walking, Hiking and Underground Caves, ... 
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2-Day Northern Lights Adventure Tour Including Glacier Walking, Hiking and Underground Caves

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Hunt out Iceland’s Northern Lights on a 2-day adventure tour by super jeep! Ever on the lookout for this natural display, your guide will take you to the spots ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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4-Day South Iceland and Northern Lights Tour: Hiking, Golden Circle and Thorsmörk, Reykjavik, ... 
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4-Day South Iceland and Northern Lights Tour: Hiking, Golden Circle and Thorsmörk

Hike through south Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and search for the Northern Lights on this exciting 4-day adventure from Reykjavik. Visit the Golden ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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