• Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 49.00 View price calendar

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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

What You Can Expect

Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

The Northern Lights

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.

Customer Reviews

Rob M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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!

Hristina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

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

Sam W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great Experience

Victor C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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!

Lorinda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our guide was very informative. We so enjoyed seeing the northern lights.

Julie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The tour was great and we got to see a glimpse of the lights, we had a very informative guide, would highly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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.

Betty L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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.

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