Northern Lights Minibus Tour

Northern Lights Minibus Tour
Northern lights descending over a lonely waterfall.
The Aurora Borealis over a still lake in Iceland.
The Northern Lights dancing in the sky.
The Northern Lights can be seen in human settlements, although they are best viewed away from all lights.
The Northern Lights slowly appearing in the winter sky.
The Northern Lights by Hallgrímskirkja Church in central Reykjavík.
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Reserve your place on this cosy minibus tour and go hunting for the Northern Lights in the company of new friends! This tour is for anyone who has ever admired pictures of the Northern Lights and wished they could run away to Iceland.

You’ll finally see them yourself on this special evening. With a small group, you can have your own communion with nature, and ask your guide all the questions you have. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation and whisked off to the country away from the noise and bright lights of Reykjavik, allowing you to hunt for the Northern Lights in the silence and darkness of the Icelandic winter.

You’ll be outside in the elements while you hunt for the Aurora, so be sure to bundle up and wear your favourite woollen socks. Your tour guides will help to keep you warm with a supply of hot chocolate and ginger biscuits.

Remember that although they are fascinating, the Lights are also unpredictable: the Aurora Forecast in Iceland gives a likelihood every day of where they may be found, but sightings cannot be guaranteed. If you are unlucky and don’t spot any Northern Lights on your tour, you can book yourself another night - for free!

The Northern Lights can be white, blue, green, pink or even red. These colours are caused by particles from solar winds slamming into the earth’s magnetic field. When these charged particles hit the oxygen-rich atmosphere, they react with the different chemicals and burst into glorious colour!

Don’t miss this brilliant display of natural wonder. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Northern Lights
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 20:30.

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 at your hotel or at a designated BUS STOP

  • English-speaking guide

  • Minibus tour

  • Hot Chocolate and ginger biscuits

What to bring:
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather

Good to know:

Sightings are not guaranteed and the whole trip depends on weather condition. Weather conditions are checked at 4 PM every day and in case of cancellation, you will receive an e-mail or you can check at the front desk at your hotel.

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First off, I am a HUGE review reader, I saw all the compliments about how the minibus tour is so much better because of the smaller group and you're able to get to different spots that bigger busses can’t, and they were 100% spot on. Colby, our tour guide took us to a spot where we were the only people and no other tour busses were there, it was great! Colby was also such a great tour guide. He told us so much history about Iceland and was more than happy to answer any questions we had. On our way to his “secret spot” he informed us on the correct camera setting and apps to download on our phones to get the best pictures possible. We did end up seeing the lights which was an amazing site to see! I highly recommend this tour. Iceland is such a special place and I can’t wait to go back!
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Tour guide was wonderful, he seemed to really care whether or not we saw the lights and drove around looking for them for a long time. When he decided it was best to give up, he stopped by a beautiful waterfall that was lit up at night so we could get something out of the trip.
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Sighting the Northern Lights was the main reason being making the trip to Iceland, all the way from India. And I am glad that I choose Guide to Iceland - Trips Iceland for the same, as we got first time lucky to sight this green wonder. Our guide Mr. Olafsson was very friendly and cheerful person, who gave good background of the country and culture. He took us to nice spots to view the lights and kept us all engaged with his talks, jokes, signing and dances too. Really liked the experience.
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We were in Iceland for 3 nights and we booked the northern lights with trips, first night was cancelled due to weather but rebooked for a second night and we were out for hours searching but we were unlucky, only caught a glimpse our guide was great he wouldn’t give up and even showed us a waterfall instead, rebooked again free the third night and we caught them with Corby! He was a fantastic guide very friendly and lovely sense of humour! The lights were amazing not as bright as we hoped but we still saw them and enjoyed them under the stars with hot chocolate and cookies! Thourghly recommend these guys they’re fantastic and full of knowledge about the science behind the lights!
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Fantastic experience! The first spot had no luck, so our guide drove us out another 10mins. We waited for about 20mins and then the northern lights put on a beautiful show. Our guide also had hot chocolate for all of us, which was a welcome treat in the cold. Highly recommended.
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Our original tour date was cancelled due to poor weather but was rescheduled. I recommend booking the Northern Lights tour early during your trip in case you need to try again. We got very lucky and saw an amazing display of the Northern Lights, the night started with subtle views of the Aurora which looked really great captured with the camera, and just when we thought the evening was coming to a close the show really started! The whole night sky light up with beautiful colours and lasted for about 20 minutes! It was spectacular and was well worth the chilly temperature. Our guide 'Kobe' was great he had lots of stories, told us about the Northern Lights, kept us warm with hot chocolate and was just as excited as we were to see the Aurora!
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Olafur, thank you for your request for feedback. It turns out that we were only in Reykjavik for two nights: the first night (Tuesday, March 19th) we were scheduled for your Northern Lights tour, the weather weather was bad and it was canceled; we rescheduled for the second night (Wednesday, March 20th) and though the weather was pretty harsh (snow, sleet, high winds, etc.), the tour did go out - however, after a few hours, we had not seen anything, which was naturally very disappointing. The tour guide/driver was great - very hospitable, entertaining, informative, etc., and he tried hard to find a spot where we might see the Northern Lights, but to no avail. We were not able to re-schedule again since we departed the morning of Thursday, March 21st. I know that you have some guidelines for these situations, but since we saw nothing on the tour that wasn't canceled, is there any sort of consideration for a refund? We currently have no plans to return to Iceland - this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip that was a gift from our daughter - so it's very unlikely that a voucher for a future time would be useful. Again, we know that there's no guarantee to see the Northern Lights, and we were disappointed by the cancellation and then the lack of success when we finally went out, despite the bad weather, but we feel that you and your organization are very professional and easy to work with.
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Our guide was great and knowledgeable of Iceland and the northern lights. The weather was cold but as expected. We saw a glimpse of the northern lights and it was worth it.
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This tour was great. Our scheduled tour was canceled due to poor weather conditions and we were able to easily reschedule for the following night. My friends and i greatly appreciated the company's decision to cancel instead of spending a cold night out with little probability of seeing anything. Our tour went out and enjoyed our trip with our entertaining guide. We were able to venture out from the city and even with the full moon, we saw the lights! It was great. The tour company was super easy to work with and easy to communicate via email. thanks for a wonderful time!
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Our mini bus tour got cancelled on the day we arrive Iceland because of the weather condition. The company was able to accommodate our requests to reschedule it twice. After our driver/guide picking up everyone on the night of the tour, he wasted no time to talk to his co-worker try to find a location to see the lights. He was able to find a right spot at the right time in a short attempt, we got to see the northern lights. He let us take as much time as we need to finish our photo shooting. It was a very cold night, but it's all worthy! We were lucky to have nice weather, and a responsible and experience guide with us!
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