The Northern Lights by Bus

The Northern Lights by Bus
When cosmic conditions are in your favour, you will see the Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights can portray an incredibly bright display of celestial majesty.
Driving far, far away from the city lights is the optimal way of hunting for the Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights Bus tour takes you away from the light-pollution of towns and villages.
The Northern Lights appearing over Þingvellir National Park.
The Northern Lights appearing above Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park.
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Witness one of the great wonders of the world. When the weather is right, and cosmic conditions are in your favour, join this tour and head out in search of the unusual phenomena known as the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

Avoiding the light pollution of the city, you will be driven towards the area where the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are the highest. On the way, your guides will tell you all there is to know about this arctic marvel as well as pointing out any interesting landmarks on the way.

The night might be long, so you will be offered some light refreshments of kleina (a traditional Icelandic twisted doughnut) and hot cocoa to keep you warm. Be prepared for the fantastical show of lights which can appear in a variety of colours and infinite different arrangements.

Please remember to dress according to season and weather. Wear plenty of warm layers and don't forget the hat and gloves so that you can comfortably enjoy the celestial show before you.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and, sadly, sightings can not be guaranteed. At 17:00, after checking forecast and conditions, your guides decide whether or not they operate the tour and inform you of their decision immediately.

Should the northern lights not be seen on your tour, you will be offered to join another tour another evening, free of charge. If you book a northern lights bus tour and conditions prevent your guides from running the tour for the duration of your stay in Iceland, you will, of course, receive a full refund.

The group size is always limited per bus to provide you with better service and a personal experience.

Don't miss out on this opportunity of seeing the Northern Lights in the perfect environment of comfort and care. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Northern Lights
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 20:30.

Please be ready at your pick up location at the tour starting time. Pick up can take up to 30 minutes - please relax and wait for our driver to pick you up.

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.

  • Pickup and drop-off for selected hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik

  • Hot chocolate

  • Professional guiding in English

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes!

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It was an amazing experience. I was supposed to see the lights on the 8th which unfortunately got cancelled due to weather conditions but after I sent an email, they immediately rescheduled my booking to the next day. It was super cold but I managed to see them! Wasn't that bright and I still have to edit the pictures but the hot chocolate and the "doughnuts" made the experience more enjoyable. The guide was amazing and I even spoke Japanese to him! Cracked amazing job too. We had to wait for a few hours but it was definitely worth it and I will definitely be back.
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Amazing experience! Would 100% recommend this company! Our original booking was cancelled due to the weather and the low probability of seeing the northern lights (at the time we did not receive the email (due to phone connectivity) so we were a little disheartened seeing all the other tours leaving from the bus stop whilst we waited, but we went the next day and seen the northern lights, when we discovered that all the people who went on the other tours the day before had not seen them! Thank you guide to iceland for you honesty and your general interest in ensuring people get to see the northern lights!
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Great experience! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! Didn't get to see anything the first night, so they let us rebook. I rebooked for the next night and it was great. We were able to see the Northern Lights. They were beautiful! We were also able to walk across the Bridge Between Continents, which was a nice added touch!
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Had an amazing experience chasing the northern lights in Iceland...and we were lucky enough to see them! Totally recommend this tour to anyone!
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Loved that as we didn’t really see them the first night we could re book for free, which we did easily by email and then went again and the lights were on show! Didn’t realise until I’d emailed guide to Iceland that the tours aren’t actually with them all the tours we booked were actually with different companies! When I messaged guide to Iceland to check if your was on they replied and said we don’t do a northern lights tour, I was sure I’d booked with them so then had to go and check emails as I doubted myself, I thought it would’ve been more helpful to tell me that yes they had taken the money for the tour but then they sub contract to Sterna travel for this tour. Anyway, I managed to find sterna online and messaged them, the tour went ahead as planned and actually sterna are a really good company. The Facebook page is ALWAYS updated to say if your is on so no need to message etc and the two guides we met on different days were both great! Very friendly and they seemed really enthusiastic and helpful, one even had very detailed knowledge of camera settings and I thought that was a lovely touch. Would defo recommend sterna travel
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When I did the booking online, it said some relevant staff would notice guests whether or not the Northern Light tour is On or Off based on the weather conditions by email or even give a call to all guests’ accommodation no later than 5pm on the booking date but my experience told NOT! Had had No email No calls at all till I gave an email to Guide to Iceland and Sterna Travel respectively around 5:30pm! Each time the tour rescheduled to the next day, I had to send email to them for sure, they never contacted guests initiatively as it promised from the website.
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I love the fact that if you don’t see them you can just rebook until you do! So good :) they’re really passionate about finding them, EVEN MORE THAN ME
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We were only in Iceland for 2 days so we had got up at 2am flew arrived at 8:30am got to hotel then went straight on popular golden circle direct tour through this company arrived back at 6:30/7pm had to quickly grab food and change and be ready to be picked up at 8:30! So very busy but so worth being tired for the trip allowed us to see the northern lights it was incredible and breathtaking! We were really lucky as the daytime was sunny and clear, so allowed us to have a great show of the northern lights! It’s quite surreal watching them dance across the sky and calming at the same time as your in the middle of know where silence watching this once in a lifetime scene! It lasted for a good hour disappearing then reappearing’. PLEASE DOWNLOAD northern lights app onto your iPhone and select weak and hold camera still when taking it as your normal phone camera will not show up the lights, we only drove to one place fairly near as the lights showed up quickly, we stayed a good two hours so no toilets and freezing so remember to wear lots of layers and thermal gloves and socks, the bus was left open so you could go on and off to warm up when you wanted, also loved the nice touch of hot chocolate and Icelandic donuts they were delicious! Remember to look on booking email what company guide to Iceland is using so you know what bus to look out for, ours was sterna, and to wait 30mins before pick up as they can arrive anytime, hotel pick ups start on minibus them drop you to main coach. I know it’s not a guarantee but so glad we got to see the lights whilst in Iceland and it’s the most amazing experience!
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Amazing evening searching for the lights. Picked up on time and remained on that coach, after several other hotel pick ups. Our guide as helpful and interesting - always interacting with all the guests. Wow it was cold so kept returning to sit on the coach. Guide told us when he saw the light forming, and it was amazing. Back at hotel approx. 1230. THANK YOU for an unforgettable trip.
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