13 Hour Northern Lights Bus Tour of the South Coast with an Audio Guide & Transfer from Reykjavik

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13 hours
English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Aug. - Apr.
Minimum age


Jump aboard this modern and exciting bus tour, to see the incredible South Coast of Iceland and have your shot at finding the Northern Lights. 

This tour comes with a ‘Smart in-Bus Audio Guide’, so you can enjoy the sights while learning about them in one of ten different languages. You will also have a tablet on your seat and free wifi. Of course, you will still have an expert guide on board to answer any queries you may have.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation from 08:30 am or meet your guide at Reykjavík Terminal at 08:45 , then head straight on your sightseeing adventure. The first site you will come to is the Hengill volcanic area, known for its otherworldly lava fields, craters, and hot springs. 

If the weather is clear, you will be able to see Hekla volcano and the notorious Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010. Offshore, you may even be able to see the Westman Islands rising dramatically from the ocean.

The next stops will be at two iconic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former is surrounded by verdant fields, making for a very pleasant stroll, and has a walkway that goes all the way around it, giving you a unique perspective of the water. The latter is powerful and dramatic and has a staircase that allows you marvel over the falls from multiple platforms.

You will next head to Sólheimajökull glacier and walk right up to its edge. The glaciers of Iceland are incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring, and their colouration is fascinating. The white snow contrasts beautifully with the striations of black ash and blue ice.

Following this, you will reach the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, considered one of Iceland’s most beautiful coastlines. There are some incredible geological features here, such as the massive rock arch Dyrhólaey and the towering basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. The area is home to many birds, most notably puffins, throughout the summer.

You will head back towards Reykjavík as the sky darkens, allowing you to begin your hunt for the Northern Lights. Your guide is an expert on the auroras, knowing all the darkest, most remote viewing areas, and the best way to capture them on camera. They will be following the forecast and cloud cover as you search so that you have the best chances of spotting them.

If you underestimate the weather, this tour also has ‘Aurora Jackets’ available for rent. You are also welcome to use one of the tripods on board to get the best photo.

The Northern Lights are dependent on solar activity, cloud cover and atmospheric conditions, so there is a chance that you will not get to see them on this tour. If that is the case, however, you will have the opportunity to see them another evening, without charge.

The South Coast and Northern Lights are iconic Icelandic attractions. Hop on board, plug in your audio guide, and get ready to enjoy them. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Expert English Speaking Guides
Admission to all the sites
Audio guide on bus with a variety of available languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish)


Northern lights hunting

What to bring

Hat & Gloves
Clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (Waterproof clothing and non-denim pants are recommended)

Good to know

There will be a short interval after returning to Reykjavik and before the northern lights tour starts.

The weather can change quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm. (Jeans are not recommended because denim, once wet, will spread moisture and take a long time to dry, leaving the wearer extremely cold!)

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