The Elusive Northern Lights | Guided Tour

An arc of the aurora borealis curls over West Iceland in winter.
On this tour, the open roads of west and south Iceland will lead you to the winter wonder of the Northern Lights.
Verdant green moss in west Iceland almost looks dull beneath the luminous aurora borealis.
The Northern Lights swirl over an icy peak in West Iceland like it is claiming it for the heavens.
An icy lake in west Iceland displaying a mirror of the Northern Lights in Winter.
South and West Iceland have plenty of rural areas where you can marvel over the Northern Lights from September to April.

Come along on a Northern Lights mystery tour. Iceland’s location near the Arctic circle means it’s a prime location for spotting the elusive Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Those visiting between late August and April, when the nights are dark, should not miss the opportunity to catch their colourful show.

The best way to see the Northern Lights is on a guided tour, as you need both darkness and clear skies. Expert guides are trained to read the heavens, to find where and when your best chances are to spot the beautiful auroras. 

On this tour, you'll meet with your guides on location in Reykjavík and get driven to the darkened countryside by a trained expert. Not only will they hunt down the best place to see the dancing lights, but they will also explain the scientific reasons behind the Aurora Borealis and provide fun and informative commentary. 

Once you reach your destination for the evening, you'll look up at the dark country sky to see the elusive green, white and pink lights, swirling through the air like a dancer. 

Remember to dress in warm clothes as you'll be out in the wild Icelandic nature during the wintertime and it can get pretty cold. 

Where you go and how long you'll be on the tour differs each night as this all depends on where the best odds of seeing the Northern Lights are. Guides will look at cloud coverage and weather conditions as these are the biggest factors in choosing that evening's destination.

As the lights are a natural phenomenon, sightings can never be guaranteed. If they don't show up during your trip, don't worry! You can join the tour another night free of charge. 

So zip up your jacket, put on a hat and join this tour. Book now to secure your spot. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Apr.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Highlights: South Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Northern Lights
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 20:30

You meet us at the departure location.
Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar
  • Pickup and drop off in Reykjavik

  • Guided Tour

  • Meals and drinks

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

Good to know:

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. If you do not see them, you can reschedule for another night.

You can request a Mandarin-speaking guide for this tour

Reserve this tour

Continue to reserve a spot on this trip. You can contact us any time to change your booking. Choose a date to find availability and see prices

Guide to Iceland does not add any fees, and as such, can not be liable for any accidents, losses, injuries, damages, delays, expenses due to any action or inaction on the part of the operator, guide or his/her services. As the terms and conditions of each tour operator may vary, please read the terms and conditions of each operator you purchase a tour from.

Iceland excursions terms and conditions
Complimentary pick up service
We offer complimentary pick up service for our passengers 30 to 60 min prior to tour departure at any hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik (please see individual tour descriptions for more details). We reserve the right to alter or change the itinerary according to weather and road conditions.

Change of reservation
It is possible to change a reservation up to 2 hours prior to tour departure free of charge.

Cancellations of tours must go through our office and should be sent at least 24 hours prior tour departure to or fax +354 540 1310. Confirmations of cancellations will be sent back within 24 hours during weekdays. 

Tour departure / Complimentary pick up service / Drop off service
All day tours booked start from our office at Hafnarstræti 20, 101 Reykjavík (Lækjartorg) at the departure time given on your voucher. It is the passengers responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in for their tour and to board the tour bus at the tour departure time written on their voucher. 
We offer a complimentary pick up service for all our day tours. Passengers wanting to take advantage of the complimentary pick up service are requested to wait outside their hotel 30 to 60 minutes prior to tour departure (please see individual tour descriptions for more information) in order to board the pick up bus.
Missing the pick up bus does not entitle to a refund of the price paid for the tour. 

Drop off after day tours may sometimes not be right in front of your hotel/guesthouse due to narrow streets and actual coach size used during the tour.

Passengers with special needs
If you have any special needs or requests you should notify the Iceland Excursions sales department as soon as possible. We always try to fulfill our customers wishes at all times.

It is permitted to have foldable wheelchairs in our coaches without charge. Passengers that are unable to sit in a standard coach seat must advise the company´s office prior to tour departure.

Our fleet at Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland includes coaches of all types and sizes, which are all equipped with safety belts. We have a limited number of Children's Safety Car Seats available. These can be provided on request, free of charge. The safety and comfort of our customers is one of our main goals.

Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather or road conditions. No responsibility is taken for losses or expenses due to delay or changes of flights, injury, damaged, negligence, weather, war or other unforeseeable causes. Seats cannot be guaranteed unless booked at least two hours in advance. The estimated duration of tours as indicated on our website are standard times and can vary according to road or weather conditions. Punctuality is a key objective in Iceland Excursions – Gray Line Iceland operation. However, delays may occur for unforeseen reasons. The company cannot be made responsible for losses that a passenger may face due to delay, regardless whether the loss is direct or indirect.

Guide to Iceland cancellation policy:

Guide to Iceland charges a flat fee of 5000 ISK of each customer for online cancellations. 

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The Elusive Northern Lights | Guided Tour

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