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Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Product ID: 67019
Experience one of the world’s great natural phenomena on a 4-hour evening bus tour of Iceland. Depart the bright lights of Reykjavik to search for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pickup optional

Pick-up is between 8.30 pm and 9.00 pm if you have booked the tour at 8.30. Pick-up is between 9.30 pm and 10.00 pm if you have booked the tour at 9.30 pm. Pick-up is included at selected hotels and guesthouses as well as authorized bus stops in central Reykjavik
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Seeing the light display of the Aurora Borealis
  • Escape the bright lights of Reykjavik for better views of the Northern Lights
  • Learn more about how and why the dancing lights occur
  • Free entrance to the Aurora Museum
Full description
Depart the bright lights of Reykjavík city center to see the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the “Northern Lights,” it is one of the most spectacular shows during the winter months.

Head for wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. To get stunning views of the sky you will aim for areas with no artificial light. Hear explanations of how the Aurora Borealis is caused as a result of the gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere colliding with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere.

The locations visited differ from day-to-day, but you will head in the direction with the most chance of seeing Mother Nature at work. As the tour is weather dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed, you are also invited to join another Northern Lights tour free of charge if the lights don’t appear. 

Explore Northern Lights in the Aurora Museum. The Northern Lights tour includes a complementary ticket to visit the museum in Reykjavik, Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík. 
  • Guided tour
  • Free entrance to the Aurora Museum Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at Tour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg (on Þórunnartún). The bus will collect you from this location within 30 minutes of the departure time.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
Know before you go
• Seeing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed even though the tour is operated. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and as part of nature, uncontrollable. The local partner does not offer refunds for customers that have joined the tour but instead offers you the chance to reschedule for free on the next tour that is operated. If you are leaving Iceland before the next scheduled tour, the local partner will offer you an open ticket for the next 3 years for when you come back to Iceland.
• Please note that this tour is not suitable for children younger than 8 years.
• The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour, from the time it is announced whether the tour is on. The entrance fees to the Aurora Reykjavik exhibition are complementary meaning that if you do not wish to go to the museum, there is no partial refund.
• Remember to dress warmly with multiple layers. You may spend long periods of time in cold winter conditions.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 1595 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The overall experience of hunting for the northern lights was fun itself but due to weak aurora activity we were only able to see very faint northern lights. The trip to the place was quite comfortable and we were even able to get a shot of got chocolate in the cold weather!

March 10, 2020

Very prompt pickup at stop as arranged . Our guide Chiara was very informative & also a professional photographer which was great as she took photos of couples etc with the Northern Lights in the back ground - we were very lucky to eventually see them , eventually ! ( she has emailed me these )The coach driver was excellent too ! We had waited at Kerid crater for a long time as she could see there was activity on her camera but this was not really visible to the naked eye then & didn’t seem to be developing in to anything obvious . But once the coach set off to return the lights then appeared so the driver found another place to stop so we we could marvel for quite a while at this amazing sight ! Instead of a 4 hour trip it ended up we were out for nearly 6 hours , returning to hotel at 2am ! But well worth it to see the Lights instead of re-booking for another night (which would have been no charge ) . Getting hot chocolate & Lava Bite wafers while waiting in the snow was great too !

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March 10, 2020

March 19, 2020

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Product ID: 67019