Northern Lights Camping Tour on Mount Esja

Northern Lights Camping Tour on Mount Esja
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Come on a camping trip on Mount Esja for an incredible shot at seeing the ethereal Northern Lights. This tour should appeal to any who love the great outdoors, and want to tick seeing the auroras off of their bucket lists in a unique way.

This tour begins when you are picked up from Reykjavík in the afternoon, and driven for half an hour to the base of the mountain. Mount Esja is the flat-topped peak that can be seen all over Reykjavík by looking across the waters of Faxaflói Bay.

There are several routes to the top of the mountain, and you will take the one that best meets the needs of your group. At the peak, you will set up camp, have a warm traditional Icelandic meal, and wait for the lights.

When they descend, you will see that it was well worth the hike to see them. Their magical presence in the skies over west Iceland will transform beautiful scenery into something otherworldly, and no doubt you will be struck in awe. Your guide will be on hand to help you photograph them if need be.

The next morning, you’ll wake up to fresh alpine air, have a hearty breakfast, then descend the mountain back to the van. You’ll drive back to Reykjavík, with enough time to make other plans for the rest of your day.

Don’t miss this opportunity to camp on Mount Esja and watch the Northern Lights! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic, Swedish
  • Highlights: West Iceland , Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Northern Lights, Esjan
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 16:00.

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.

  • Pick up/ drop off

  • Meals and drinks

  • Camping equipment

  • Sleeping amenities

  • Insurance

  • English speaking guide

  • Alcoholic beverages

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and hiking boots (can rent on request)

  • Camera.

Good to know:

No access to WC on the mountain.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can never be fully guaranteed to appear on any given night.

Please note that this tour is weather and conditions dependent.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - To Mount Esja

Marvel over the aurora borealis from the top of Mount Esja in West Iceland.

On day one, you will meet your guide at a predetermined meeting point, and take the beautiful drive through verdant west Iceland to Mount Esja. You’ll park up, then begin the hike to the top.

Esja is a wonderland of trees, wildflowers, rivers, and often snowscapes. The route to the top is challenging, but by no means impossible for those who are reasonably fit, and the views over Reykjavík and Faxaflói are mesmerising.

At the top, you will set up your camp, then gather around a hot meal as you wait for the aurora borealis. Of course, nature can be fickle, and they may not show, but your tour will only run if your chances are good.

After a hopefully spectacular display, you will huddle in your tent for a refreshing night’s sleep breathing beautiful mountain air.

Day 2 - Return to Reykjavík

Make the most of your winter Northern Lights experience from the top of Mount Esja.

On day two, you will wake up feeling revitalised with the rising sun. Your guide will serve you a breakfast you can wake yourself up with further, before taking the hike down the mountain. In the morning light, the views will be even better than the hike up.

Once you get to the van, you’ll return to Reykjavík in good time to enjoy the rest of your day.

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Northern Lights Camping Tour on Mount Esja
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