Northern Lights Deluxe | Minibus Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights are often complimented by a blanket of starlight.
Northern Lights will dance in the night sky, floating around as though it were alive.
There are a number of locations in Iceland known for their lack of light pollution, and thus, their likelihood for Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights illuminate the night sky as though it were straight from science-fiction.
Capturing the Northern Lights is the dream of many photographers around the world.
Make sure to ask your guide inquisitive questions about the light's origins.
Based on 2 traveller reviews

Step aboard a minibus and join a magical night of Northern Lights hunting. This tour should not be missed by winter travellers seeking one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomena.

On this tour, you will be picked up from Reykjavík, and driven far into the wilderness. As you travel, your expert guide will point out features in the surrounding landscape, and tell you all about the Northern Lights.

Not only is your guide knowledgeable about the auroras themselves, they know exactly how to find them. They are aware of hidden corners in nature, where there is no light pollution, open skies, and no other crowds, and will be following the cloud cover and aurora forecast for your best shot at finding them.

Due to the fact you are in a minibus, your group size will be small, allowing you to ask any questions you may have about Iceland or the lights.

When you pull up to start admiring the auroras, you will be left in awe. Descending in vivid greens - and occasionally purples, pinks, blues and reds - they will swirl and dance like some otherworldly force. You will be left knowing why some ancient societies believed these were messages from the Gods or the spirits of the dead.

Of course, not all Northern Lights hunts are successful; if it is too cloudy, your tour will not depart, and even if it does, they still may not appear. However, if either of these events occurs, you will be able to join another tour for free, and if that tour is not successful, you will have an open ticket for the next three years.

Since this might be a long night, your guide will bring along some traditional Icelandic pastry and hot beverages to keep you warm, as well as a complimentary blanket.

Don't miss your once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the spectacular aurora borealis. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Northern Lights
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 21:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Tour in comfortable minibus

  • Professional guiding in English

  • Hot chocolate

  • Icelandic doughnuts (Kleinur)

  • Blankets

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes!

Good to know:


We booked the tour hoping to see the lights but also well prepared that we may not. There were only 10 of us on the tour which was a nice number. Our guide and driver on the journey was great. Very knowledgeable and informative. He informed us how the lights were made and how they are predicted for seeing them as well viewing conditions. He was very knowledgeable about camera settings explaining to us how to get our cameras to get best photo. One that note photo's best on a proper camera rather than a mobile phone camera. We realised quite quickly into the trip seeing the lights would be difficult as it was cloudy. But credit to our guide he kept going out into the country trying to chase gaps of clear sky. Eventually we pulled off the main road and went down a track. We got out the minibus and then the cold really hit. It was -7 but with the wind chill -13. Never have u experienced such cold. If you are going in Winter I suggest 2 pairs of thermal gloves and socks. I had one pair. Luckily I had base clothing under regular warm clothing but even then you could feel the cold. Anyway, we got out to a place that sounded like there was a waterfall but it was so dark we couldn't see much. Our guide led us down a ramp to a platform where cameras we're set up. We looked up and had a great view of the stars and two strips of lighter sky that we were told we're where the northern lights Would be. Obviously a light display wasn't garenteed but we hoped. We stood looking up and then the guide gave us hot chocolate and a pastry. Both most welcome. We saw a shooting star and the moon looking fantastic but sadly no lights. Eventually we all got back into the bus, frozen but happy. The guide gave each of us a warm fleece blanket. That was most welcome as we needed to thaw out. We got safely back to our hotel a little after 1am. An interesting 4 hours spent.

If I had just one night in Iceland, I would spend it on this tour. My guide was amazing, hilarious and so upbeat despite some miserable tourists being on the bus. Let me say now, their misery was due to them not being prepared. They had not dressed well, and so were cold, some had not brought cameras and I think they just expected to turn up and the lights be there immediately after getting out of the van. But who would want that anyway? It was so exciting. We stopped at one place and practised picture taking. Our guide assisted us to get our settings right. We then relocated and after a quick hot drink and nibble, they began. It was perfect. The lights went on for ages and we snapped away, getting excited together. We only left once everyone was happy. We were told stories of trolls, and I insisted that we hear of the Icelandic Unicorn. I was super cosy all night. I wore base layers, hoodie, fleece leggings, jeans and a long thick coat. I was snug and happily was outside for the duration. I also had fingerless gloves and a wooly hat. This was November and I was fine. Don't let under prep ruin your night. I took the best pictures of my life on this tour and honestly wonder if I will ever outdo myself. I cannot wait to go on tour with this guide again.

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