Northern Lights Tours in Iceland
Add a mesmerizing Northern Lights adventure to your custom winter trip in Iceland. Northern Lights Tours offer a magical journey under the Arctic skies and are perfect for nature enthusiasts and dreamers alike.
Talk to your travel advisor if you want to chase the dancing Aurora Borealis on your dream vacation in Iceland.
About Northern Lights Tours in Iceland
The Northern Lights are a cosmic spectacle of physics and atmospheric dance! Adding a Northern Lights Tour to your custom winter holiday maximizes your chances of seeing them.
When charged particles from the sun collide with gases in Earth’s atmosphere, they release photons—the fundamental particles of light. These collisions, occurring high above the Arctic, create the mesmerizing hues of the auroras.
To see these beautiful lights, you need both darkness and skies clear of clouds. Northern Lights Tours from Reykjavík or Akureyri offer an immersive experience of the aurora phenomena, blending scientific insights with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Arctic sky.
Trained Northern Lights Guides monitor solar activity and cloud coverage and choose a time and place where the conditions are most favorable. If it’s too cloudy or there is not enough solar activity, the tour will not go ahead so as not to waste anyone’s precious time in Iceland. In those cases, participants will receive a refund or a chance to reschedule their tour.
Once on a tour, you’ll be taken away from the bright city lights and into the dark countryside. The guides will provide you with interesting facts about the auroras, help you photograph them, and give you blankets and hot chocolate should you be cold.
What's Included in a Northern Lights Tour
There are many different types of Northern Lights Tours, including coach bus tours, small-group minibus tours, private super-jeep tours, and Northern Lights cruises. Their main difference is the mode of transportation that takes you away from the bright city lights.
All Northern Lights Tours include:
- A trip away from light pollution
- English-speaking guide
- Another tour if there are no sightings
- Free-Wif on board the vehicle
- Hotel or bus stop pick up and drop off (except for Northern Lights Cruises)
- Photography assistance
- Use of a blanket (except on coach tours)
- Hot chocolate or other types of beverages (except on coach tours)
Talk to your travel advisor if you have any special requests for your Northern Lights adventure.
Small-Group Northern Lights Tours
Small-group Northern Lights tours in Iceland offer a personalized and intimate experience that enhances the thrill of witnessing the elusive auroras.
Traveling in a comfortable minibus ensures a cozy journey, allowing passengers to focus on the celestial spectacle rather than discomfort. In addition, the minibus can reach places larger coach buses simply cannot, thus providing more options for seeing the beautiful auroras and better chances of avoiding large crowds from other coach buses.
Depending on the tour provider, the maximum group size on these tours is between 12 and 16 people. The limited group size guarantees more one-on-one interaction with the knowledgeable guide, providing a deeper understanding of the natural phenomenon and the surrounding landscape. This increased attention fosters a richer educational experience.
Furthermore, the small size allows for flexibility in the itinerary, enabling the group to chase optimal viewing conditions maximizing the chances of catching the Northern Lights at their mesmerizing best.
Private Northern Lights Super-Jeep Tours
Private Northern Lights Super-Jeep Tours elevate the aurora-chasing experience to unparalleled levels of exclusivity and adventure in Iceland.
Riding in a rugged yet comfortable Super-Jeep, customized for off-road exploration, ensures access to remote and untouched locations far from the city lights. With a dedicated driver guide, travelers receive undivided attention, deepening their understanding of the Northern Lights and Icelandic folklore.
This private setting allows for a personalized itinerary, tailored to individual preferences and optimal weather conditions. It also provides more flexibility, enabling spontaneous detours that will help create a unique and unforgettable adventure under the dancing hues of the auroras.
Northern Lights Boat Tours
Northern Lights Boat Tours in Iceland offer a captivating twist to the aurora-viewing experience. Sailing away from city lights provides an unobstructed panoramic view of the dancing auroras in the winter sky.
Unlike the Northern Lights Tours on land, boat tours don’t start with a hotel pick-up. Rather, you’ll meet your crew at the harbor, where you’ll board a vessel that will take you out onto the open ocean. With expert guides onboard, passengers gain insights into the science and mythology behind the auroras.
These nautical excursions combine the thrill of chasing the Northern Lights with the tranquility of open waters. The gentle rocking of the boat adds to the immersive ambiance, creating a serene and magical atmosphere.
Northern Lights Coach Bus Tours
Northern Lights Coach Tours in Iceland provide an affordable option for experiencing the mesmerizing auroras. While catering to budget-conscious travelers, these tours typically involve larger groups and standard coach transportation.
While lacking the intimacy of smaller options, they still offer a chance to witness the Northern Lights in all their glory. However, the trade-off lies in reduced flexibility, as the fixed itineraries and larger group sizes may limit the ability to explore off-the-beaten-path locations.
Nevertheless, for those seeking a cost-effective introduction to the enchanting world of the Northern Lights, coach tours offer an accessible and convenient option.
Northern Lights Combo Adventures
Enhance your Icelandic adventure by combining Northern Lights tours with a variety of exhilarating experiences.
Pair your aurora chase with the wonders of the Golden Circle or South Coast on sightseeing tours, exploring iconic landmarks like Gullfoss Waterfall or Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Alternatively, embark on a whale-watching odyssey, venture off-road with buggy tours, or luxuriate in the soothing waters of geothermal spas like the Blue Lagoon or Fontana.
For photography enthusiasts, specialized Northern Lights photography tours offer expert guidance to capture the celestial display in all its glory.
Mix and match these tours to create a bespoke Icelandic journey, weaving together natural wonders and thrilling activities under the Arctic night sky.
Frequently asked questions
The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is during the winter months, from September to March when the nights are the longest and darkest.
The Northern Lights can be seen throughout the country. Geographically, the lights are not stronger in a particular part of the country, so it does not matter whether you are in North, South, East, or West Iceland. What’s most important is staying away from light pollution, which is easier to do in the countryside.
While it is possible to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavík, the city’s light pollution can sometimes hinder visibility. For the best experience, it’s recommended to venture to darker, more remote areas.
Most tour operators offer alternatives like rescheduling or refunds if a Northern Lights tour is canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions or insufficient aurora activity.
Northern Lights tours on land typically last for about 3 to 4 hours. This allows sufficient time for travel to optimal viewing locations, observing the auroras, and returning to the starting point. Northern Lights cruises last between 1.5 and 2.5 hours.
Tour operators usually confirm whether a Northern Lights tour will proceed on the scheduled night a few hours before departure. This information is based on up-to-date weather forecasts and aurora activity predictions. Travelers are often notified via email or phone about the status of their tour, so make sure you check your messages.
At Traveo, we understand that you are not just another customer, but a unique individual with specific tastes and ambitions. As an agency, we distinguish ourselves by catering to personal criteria, guaranteeing that each of our travellers experiences Iceland in their own way, and at their own pace.
With easy on-site tour comparison and flexible payment options, booking a tour in Iceland has never been more straightforward. Once your tour with us is confirmed, we will provide you with a personalised itinerary that lays out each step of your vacation—with room for exploration, of course. 24/7 customer service is available to those with queries, both before and during your trip.
Here at Traveo, we believe that your time on holiday in Iceland is valuable. Thankfully, all the exciting tours and excursions listed on our site are handpicked by local Iceland experts, ensuring one’s time here is maximised with only the very best experiences.
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