Art and science collide for an evening of hunting through the Icelandic countryside for an opportunity to spot the elusive Northern Lights. Many people come to our shores from all over the world every winter to see them.
What begins as solar winds from the sun striking against the magnetic field of our planet like a piece of flint striking some steel quickly translates into ribbons of white and green, sometimes even red and purple that flutter through the sky like paper bags caught in the wind.
Sometimes the effect is subtle, just a flicker of light against the dark whilst other times it can feel like a full orchestra but no matter how the lights may present themselves they are always utterly captivating.
And for those nights where mother nature is not on our side, you will still be treated to a night sky full of stars and an ability to rebook and try another roll of the dice.
Your night of northern lights hunting will begin with our fast and efficient pick up service. While the sun may set early in the Icelandic winter we won’t leave you waiting for long, all you need to do is let us know where you are staying or the nearest pick up point and we will handle the rest.
But our tour also comes with an extra bonus! When you book one of our tickets for the Northern Lights you are able to head over to the ‘Aurora Reykjavik’ Northern Lights museum and gear yourself up for the lights with the assistance of their expert knowledge and state of the art display technology. We will then make your evening even easier by picking you up from the museum for your tour, you just need to get in touch with our customer support team to let us know that this is where you will be.
When everyone is on board we will begin our hunt by driving out of the city which has far too much light pollution for any good viewings. Instead, we will be going into the darker countryside.
Unlike our other tours, the Northern Lights tours do not have a set number of stops or even a set location that you travel to. What will happen is your driver will choose the location at the start of the tour based on their own expert knowledge and details from the various weather mapping services we use to track activity.
They will be looking for an easy to access location with minimal cloud coverage and limited light pollution. As they drive they will share with you facts and stories about the Northern Lights to prepare you for what you will hopefully get to see. When they find the right spot you will have an opportunity to get off of the bus and walk around simply enjoying this natural masterpiece. You will also have plenty of time to take pictures and your guide will be able to help you set up your camera to get the best pictures you can.
Depending on the weather conditions you may stay in one location for the evening or move to several locations. We will do everything we can to make sure you get to see the lights.
Not every night can be a winner though and despite our best efforts and planning the lights may not always appear. In the unfortunate event that no lights appear on the evening, your guide will make an official decision on if the tour was successful or not. If unsuccessful you will be encouraged to get in touch with our customer support team as we will happily rebook you to another evening for any time so that you can try the hunt again! Details of how to do this will be supplied by the guide but the offer for rebooking is valid for up to three years from the date of your tour departure.
After the night has ended, you will be brought back to Reykjavik and returned to your drop off point where your Icelandic adventure can continue.
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We were lucky to spot the lights as they were pretty active on that night and it was spectacular! The tour itself was nicely organized and we were picked up on time. Also, the driver was very careful. Our escort informed us beforehand that the Aurora would be active that night but we did a little research ourselves on that day before they picked us up and we were extremely happy.
It was amazing! We did not see the Aurora at our first attempt because the weather wasn't good enough for the lights as the sky was cloudy. They did not cancel our tour but waited until the last minute to see if we could proceed but as soon as the weather wasn't getting any better, the operator rescheduled our tour 2 days after, free of charge, and we were lucky enough to see them then! It was really cold so be prepared with warm clothes and attire. The hot chocolate was definitely a highlight that made the tour even better. I really recommend taking his tour, we were very pleased and the conductors are very professional.
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