Small-Group 4-Hour Northern Lights and Aurora Museum Combo Tour from Reykjavik

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Aurora Reykjavík - The Northern Lights Center, Reykjavík, Icelan
4 hours
Sept. - Apr.
Minimum age
6 years old


Check off a winter bucket list activity with this magical four-hour northern lights and Aurora Reykjavik museum tour. Travelers keen to learn about the aurora borealis before enjoying northern lights hunting in the Icelandic countryside should book this tour now.

Your exciting night begins at Aurora Reykjavik - The Northern Lights Center. It’s very close to the Reykjavik harbor and central to many attractions and restaurants.

This combination excursion includes an entry ticket to the Aurora Reykjavik museum. You can visit at your leisure to learn all about the northern lights before searching for them for yourself.

Explore the museum and discover the science behind the lights and the fascinating cultural beliefs associated with them. Aurora Reykjavik offers audio guides and videos for an engaging and interactive experience. You can even try a virtual reality headset to understand how surreal and mesmerizing the lights are.

You’ll also learn how to set up your camera to capture the lights in all their glory and valuable tips for hunting for them. The museum also offers complimentary tea and coffee, the ideal way to warm up on a chilly winter evening.

After a fantastic introduction to the northern lights, it’s time to hunt for them in the Icelandic countryside. A minibus will pick you up from Aurora Reykjavik and whisk you away from city light pollution to a rural area.

The departure from Aurora Reykjavik is 20:30 or 21:30, depending on the season. You’ll travel in a small group, allowing plenty of interaction from your knowledgeable guide.

Your guide is an expert in northern lights hunting. They will closely monitor the aurora forecast, checking the conditions are ideal for seeing the lights. 

The tour only runs on nights when the outlook appears promising, and the operator decides by 18:15 each day whether the excursion should go ahead. Therefore, if you’re on the minibus heading out of Reykjavik, you’ll know you have an excellent chance of seeing them!

Based on the forecast, your guide knows the best places to view the lights. Because the conditions change daily, the chosen location is unknown until that night, adding to the anticipation. You could end up at the Hvalfjordur fjord, Thingvellir National Park, the Reykjanes peninsula, or rural South Iceland.

When you reach your destination, you’ll wait for the lights to appear. Seeing the sky light up in shades of purple, green, or yellow is a captivating and unforgettable experience. You’ll be glad you stayed up for it!

You can use your camera to capture lasting memories with your newfound knowledge from Aurora Reykjavik. The guide will also have a camera and tripod to take photos of you and your family with the lights in the background. You can access your complimentary shot online after the tour.

After a brilliant evening of hunting for the northern lights, your driver will drop you back in Reykjavik. If you don’t happen to see the aurora tonight, you will have unlimited retries for up to three years!

Don’t miss the chance to join this memorable small-group combo tour, which includes northern lights hunting and entry to the Aurora Reykjavik museum. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Entry to Aurora Reykjavik - The Northern Lights Center
Minibus pick-up from Aurora Reykjavik
Photos during your tour, available to download for free online after the tour
Drop off in Reykjavik
Small-group experience
Icelandic hot cocoa and chocolate


Northern lights hunting
Cultural Activity

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing 
Hat, scarf, and gloves
Good outdoor footwear

Good to know

You will find out no later than 18:15 whether the tour will proceed. Please ensure your contact details are correct and you check for messages on the tour date. Tours only run when the aurora forecast looks good. If the excursion is canceled, you will receive a full refund. If you go on the tour but don't see the lights, you can have unlimited retries on another northern lights minibus tour until you see them, valid for three years.

It is recommended that you arrive at the Aurora Reykjavik museum one hour before pick-up to ensure you have plenty of time to enjoy the museum before departure. You can go to the museum earlier in the day if you prefer. It is valid for the whole day of the tour.

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