Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavík

Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavík
Nothing quite compliments Iceland's dramatic landscape like the appearance of the Northern Lights.
Looking out at the dancing aurora from the coastline.
A Northern Lights bus tour allows you to escape the light pollution of the city limits and instead find an observation point that's nice and dark.
There's no telling what form the Northern Lights will take on any given night.
The Northern Lights often appear to span the whole sky.
A blanket of stars matches the Northern Lights majestically over the fields of Reykjanes.
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Jump aboard this affordable bus tour for your chance to see one of nature’s greatest marvels, the Northern Lights. This tour is for those travelling outside of the summer months, who seek to tick ‘seeing the aurora borealis’ off of their bucket list.

You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation in the evening and whisked away from the bright lights of the city. Departure times differ depending on the time of year. There is no itinerary or a specific set of locations, instead, your guide and driver will use their experience and knowledge of the weather conditions to take you the most promising viewing spots.

The tour will last approximately three hours, and you will be taken to the areas with the clearest skies for the best view, so you’ll be able to enjoy the wonder and beauty of the sky when the auroras start to descend from the canopy of stars above.

Each time they emerge, they dance differently, and in ever-changing colours. Most of the time, they will appear green but can be purple, pink, red, white, or blue depending on their strength and the atmospheric conditions. Your experience with them will be entirely unique, and all the more special for it.

Solar winds and cloud cover dictate whether or not the northern lights will show and so your best chance of catching them will be on a clear night. Iceland is one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to see this incredible phenomenon.

The tour is weather dependent, so if the auroras are not expected to be visible, the tour will not run. If you join the tour and the lights do not appear, fear not, you are welcome to join the tour again another night, free of charge. 

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this incredible natural wonder and give yourself a magical winter night in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 1 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Northern Lights
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 19:30. 20:30, 21:30,

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.
  • Bus fare

  • Approx. 3 hours guided tour

  • Free WiFi on bus

  • Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure

  • Meals and beverages

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Clothes according to weather

Good to know:

Indicated return times can vary.

Travelers with young children are advised to take the 20:00 departure available mid-October through February.

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Price is reasonable and we were able to see the northern lights. Our tour guide Claudia has such a good sense of humor.
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Exelentia la guia que nos toco. Muy amable. No tuve la suerte de verlas. Recomiendonque vayan abrigados.
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One of the most recommended tours in Iceland. They are the experts and take you to the right place at the right time to view the best possible show that can be visible on that day. We luckily had the best KP and clear weather on the day of the tour and saw amazing formations and colors as well. Red and Pink formations were just the sight that we could not forget from the tour and will remain with us forever! Definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting this beautiful country!
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After a disappointing first attempt at seeing the northern lights we went back (for free) the next night to try our luck again and BOOM!!! We were not disappointed! It was beyond anything I had imagined! The lights danced and swirled and we're completely mesmerising. Our guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, not only on everything northern lights, but also on which settings to put your cameras on. Tip for travellers: do not fall asleep on the bus and leave your phone wedged between the seats. The team made a stressful event seamless and were so helpful in getting it back to me! Really went above and beyond! Thanks for everything!
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We really appreciated all the efforts taken by the RE team for the travellers to have the best time. The weather was not very good for several days, but we rebooked the tour succesfully several times. We managed to see the northern lights the last night before our flight. The guides and the drivers at Reykjavik Excursions were very professional and patient and waited for the lights to show up (which happened very late). Thank you for great services!
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It was truly an amazing experience! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about northern light!
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We we're lucky enough to see them first try! Dress warm, it was 10 degrees F
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It was really nice that we caught the Northern lights. It is really cold when you stand there for an hour so I suggest anyone who is going should wear enough warm clothes.
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Very nice tour with an amazing guide and a spectacular experience overall.
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Really good and impressive journey.the guider is very professional and interesting,five stars.
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