The Northern Lights in Iceland, Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, occurring in Arctic regions. Magnificent colours light up the sky in ever-changing formations of varying intensity and duration. Displays of the Northern Lights appear when the solar wind particles collide with the air molecules in the Earth's atmosphere, releasing energy in the form of light.
The locations visited are different on every tour since we go where we are most likely to see the Northern Lights on the day. This tour is subject to weather conditions and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed. If you don't see any lights on your tour, you are welcome to join the tour again free of charge.
- 2-4 hour Guided bus excursion
- Free hotel pick up in Reykjavik c. 30 minutes before departure
- Free tour the next night if you don't see the auroras on the tour
- Season: 01 September - 15 April
- 22:00 (26 August - 15 October & 15 March - 15 April)
- 21:00 (16 October - 14 March)
- 19:30 (16 October - 28 February)
Travellers with young children are advised to take the 19:30 departure which is available from 16 October through 14 March 2016.
This tour depends on weather and sightings are not guaranteed.
Spanish 21:00 departure (1 November - 14 March) & 22:00 departure (15 March - 15 April) on TUE & THU
Teenagers 12-15: 50% discount (with adults)
Children 0-11: free (if with adults)
Bus fare and guidance in English. Pick up at hotels and guesthouses 30 minutes prior to departure. Drop off after day tours may sometimes not be right in front of your hotel/guesthouse due to narrow streets and actual coach size used during the tour.
● We recommend dressing warmly and bringing along some refreshments.
● Due to the fact that sightings of the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis are subject to both the level of the auroral activity and favourable weather conditions, it is highly advisable to allow 2-3 nights in your schedule for "hunting" the Aurora. It is important to be flexible regarding the timeframe for a Northern Lights tour, in order to maximize your chances of seeing this spectacular, but sometimes elusive natural phenomenon.
● The decision regarding whether a Northern Lights tour will go ahead or not on a particular night is usually made around 18:00 (6 pm). The reception staff in many Icelandic hotels will have this information, and you can also telephone the tour provider directly. The tour provider's phone number can be found on you tour voucher.
● If the tour goes ahead (and you are on the tour), but the Northern Lights do not appear, you will be able to join the tour the next night.
● All Northern Lights tours are subject to favourable weather conditions as well as solar wind activity; therefore, sightings cannot be guaranteed. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour if the weather conditions are not favourable.
● Our article on Northern Lights includes links to the auroral activity forecasts.
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