Witness the aurora borealis without missing out on any fun activities, with this exciting nighttime ATV ride. This tour should have great appeal to lovers of adventure and incredible nature alike.
It begins when you are picked up from your hotel late in the evening, long after sunset. You will be taken to the ATVs that are waiting by Hafrafell, a mountain just outside of Reykjavík.
Once here, your experienced guides will get you dressed in your warm overalls, gloves and helmets, before you can mount up. Please note that only drivers with a valid licence (or valid translation if your licence is written in a non-Latin script) are allowed to operate a quad-bike, but anyone aged six and up can join as a passenger.
You will set off, following your guides as they lead you around the serene lake Hafravatn, then up the slopes of Mount Hafrafell. Start to look up at the skies as you travel, as the Northern Lights can appear any time when the sky is both dark and clear.
Most of the landscapes unfolding around you as you ascend the mountain will be completely obscured in the night, but Reykjavík itself will be shimmering far below; you may even be able to make out a few of its features. Just don’t stare at it for too long at a time, as you want your eyes to be well adjusted to the dark for when the Northern Lights show.
If they do appear, prepare for an awe-inspiring experience. Streaks of an otherworldly green, occasionally with purples, reds and pinks, will swirl and dance above, seeming to be so close that you could pluck them from the air. Seeing the auroras is on the top of many people’s bucket lists, and Iceland is one of the most reliable places for ticking it off.
You will stop at the top of the mountain, for a great view over Reykjavík and, if they are there, the Northern Lights. After taking some photos, you can hop back onto your ATV, and start your descent. With any luck, you’ll still have a great show going on above.
Don’t miss this unique and adventurous way to see the aurora borealis. Check availability by choosing a date.