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We stayed longer and were able to see the lights for about 20 min, pretty amazing. Just read online and be aware and not have expectations that what you witness with bare eyes will match the photos you see online, there is a big difference so do not be disappointed. But if you are lucky like us you will still be able to see different colors and it is a once in a lifetime experience for may of us so really worth trying it.
We saw the lights and they were epic!!!!! Need we say more?
Our tour was booked for our first night in Reykjavik, but was cancelled by Reykjavik Excursions, the vendor. It was rescheduled for the next night. Our guide explained everything about Aurora Borealis in laymen terms and impressed us as truly expertly knowledgeable about everything to do with the Northern Lights.
We departed BSI station at 10pm, arrived at a national park 10:45pm, stood around in the pitch black while people with tripods and sophisticated photographic equipment not us searched the skies cameras can see through the clouds and detect Northern Lights activity not visible to the naked eye. We focused mainly on the north and east. Around 11:30pm, the clouds started to lift, we spotted first one star, then a few more, and then constellations filled the sky! Then the lights appeared--sometimes in more than one place, and some danced as if someone were running back and forth in front of footlights backstage. None of it appeared green to us, but more a pale blue/gray. But the activity was absolutely fascinating to witness. In all, 12 or more buses of 50 were in the crowd of 600?. Alot of exclamations of excitement and applause every time something appeared.
The guides were all thrilled, and proclaimed the evening hugely successful, definitely the best of the season so far, and rating the evening's show an 8.5 out of 10.
Advice: dress warm -- it gets colder and colder as you stand in the open air, pitch black, sometimes a little windy.
Also, our hotel Holt was one of the hotels located in a neighborhood that no longer allows tour bus pick-up/delivery, so they dropped us off at the Pond and we walked three short blocks to our hotel. By the time we got back, it was nearly 01:15am! Following an 8-hr day tour, and just before an early-morning departure on an 11-hour day tour the next day, it was physically exhausting...but worth it!
Our guide was very informative. We so enjoyed seeing the northern lights.
The tour was great and we got to see a glimpse of the lights, we had a very informative guide, would highly recommend
BOOK THIS EARLY in your trip - the night we went we saw absolutely nothing. It's nobody's fault - it's how Mother Nature works. But the company makes it extremely easy to rebook for free on another night. Also, we watched the Aurora predictions on the web, and found that they really weren't very accurate. We saw AMAZING things on a night rated as a 2/9 - so don't skip this! This was a great company, and I would absolutely recommend them.
The tour itself wasn't bad. You couldn't see the Northern lights with the naked eye. The tour guide had a camera and we saw a little bit but not what you usually see in photos. It wasn't the tour guides fault.
We visited Iceland to see the Northern Lights and others.
On 2 beautiful nights, we didnt see the Borealis though they were caught on cameras.
We came home with the experience of Northern Lights hunting and glad we did it.
Drivers and Guides were wonderful.
We booked this for our first night, we were taken up the mountains, absolutely freezing so wrap up warm, no lights but re booked for free 2 nights later. 2nd visit was at national park and we saw some lights for about 10 minutes. Fantastic
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