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Time3 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, and Iceland is one of few places in the world where it’s possible to view the elusive Aurora borealis. Maximise your chances of witnessing nature’s lightshow on this 3-hour tour from Reykjavík, and seek out the best viewing spots around the city.
  • 3-hour Northern Lights viewing tour from Reykjavík
  • Be in with a chance to see the spectacular Northern Lights
  • Seasonal tour available from September to mid-April
  • Choice of evening departure times available
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport
  • Once in a lifetime opportunity
Begin your evening adventure with pick-up from your central Reykjavík hotel and admire the capital’s illuminated landmarks as you head out of the city. As the glittering skyline fades from view, listen as your guide explains the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights, caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. Learn how the Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere and charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere, and discover the science behind the variations in color and brightness.

Depending on the weather and ‘Aurora forecast’, your guide will take you to the viewing locations where you are most likely to spot the Northern Lights, so make sure you have your camera ready. If you’re lucky, get chance to admire the mesmerizing lightshow, before journeying back to Reykjavík, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: the Northern Lights in Iceland are visible only during the winter months, from September to April, and sightings are not guaranteed. However, if you don‘t see any Northern Lights during the tour, you are welcome to join the tour again, free of charge, on another night. For this reason, we recommend booking your Northern Lights tour for early-on in your trip, in case it needs to be rescheduled.

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T
, Sep 2018

Tour was very disappointing ! Do not waste your time or money on this one! If I could give it zero stars I would! The tour started out late and there was mass confusion boarding the bus. The tour guide was very cold and unfriendly and did not create a warm atmosphere. She was difficult to understand. We saw very few Northern Lights and the tour returned very late and in my honest opinion was a total waste. My other tours in Iceland were on GrayLine or BusTravel which are far superior companies, Reykjavik Excursions was not as well run as the other companies I mentioned!

P
, Sep 2018

Pick up was on time, very informative guide. We were very lucky to see the lights our 1st night out! Our original tour was cancelled due to weather and frankly I was good with that as we had just arrived that morning and hadn't slept. We re-booked Wednesday afternoon around 2 via email and they responded with in 30 minutes saying no problem see you tonight. So being able to rebook for the same day of event was great. I was worried they wouldn't be able to take us on short notice but they sure did!The bus was warm and comfortable.Within 5 minutes of arrival tge lights started their magnificent show!

R
, May 2018

For value for money this cannot be beaten, I booked this tour for the first night I was in Iceland knowing fully that it was going to be difficult to find the lights, the guides offer advice on how to take pictures in the low light which can be very useful if you do not know what you are doing. Do not go expecting to drive to lots of locations in one night, the tour takes you away from the city to a single location where you will stay the night. The first day I didn't see anything, so they honoured their come back any day policy and I rebooked by email the next morning to go the day after, we saw very faint lights the second night and the guide Kindly said we can rebook as the day after would be better, so again I did and finally on the third night I got the full blown lights albeit for 10 minutes but trust me that will be all you need!

H
, Apr 2018

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.

s
, Apr 2018

We didn't see the lights but we didn't like that we went to the meeting place and on the way back we were the last to be dropped off. Also, the guide was hard to hear and did not give a lot of info.

J
, Apr 2018

We saw the lights and they were epic!!!!! Need we say more?

S
, Apr 2018

Great Experience

a
, Apr 2018

This was a good basic trip. Pick up and drop off on time. I think some trips will drive around to different locations, but they cost more. We were driven to a location where we waited for a few hours along with lots of other coaches and tourists hopeful of seeing the northern lights. We weren't lucky enough to see the lights, but no fault of the tour operator. We were given the opportunity to re-book.

V
, Mar 2018

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!

P
, Mar 2018

Tourguide spoke broken English, displayed knowledge and enthusiasm. We managed to catch a glimpse of the lights so we were lucky. There was a clearing in cloud and we pulled over ASAP once we seen the lights. Lack of punctuality from some guests cost us more time viewing when solar activity was high


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