Join this small group walking tour on the mystical island of Viðey, just off the coast of Reykjavík, in search for the dazzling spectacle of the Northern Lights. This serene island just out of Reykjavík offers you change of pace from the usual aurora expedition.
Gear up and get ready for an adventure like no other. This tour starts at a visitor's centre by the harbour, where you can view a screening of a video on the Northern Lights before hopping onboard the ferry and sailing over to the island.
The cruise is only about 20 minutes, but by night in winter, Viðey is far enough away from the artificial lights of the city for optimal aurora hunting conditions.
As you wait for the Northern Lights, you can enjoy the scenery, nature, history and culture of the island. Viðey is not inhabited but has the oldest stone building in the country, and two brilliant artworks: Milestones, by Richard Sierra, and the Imagine Peace Tower, by Yoko Ono.
When the auroras appear, you are sure to be mesmerised by their beauty. Usually green, but sometimes purple, red, pink, blue and white, the way in which they swirl, dance and descend is otherworldly.
Make sure to dress warm and wear sturdy walking shoes. If the pathways are icy your guide will provide spikes you can put under your soles. If you are interested in taking pictures or time lapses of the auroras, they are also prepared to help you set the gear up or change your camera’s settings.
The island also provides incredible platforms for panoramic views of the capital and surrounding areas. Photographers, therefore, will have a field day regardless of whether or not the lights show.
Don't miss this unique and cultural way to see the Northern Lights.
Keep in mind that this tour has a minimum of 10 passengers. Check availability by choosing a date.
The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can never be unquestionably guaranteed to appear on any given night. If they don't show, you'll receive a complimentary voucher to try again, valid for two years.