Northern Lights Tours & Holidays
Northern Lights tours are the surest way for hunting the elusive and beautiful aurora borealis. With a huge variety of options departing from various locations across Iceland, you’ll witness the most awe-inspiring Northern Lights displays when you look towards the stars during the winter months.

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Northern Lights Tours & Holidays

Northern Lights tours are the surest way for hunting the elusive and beautiful aurora borealis. With a huge variety of options departing from various locations across Iceland, you’ll witness the most awe-inspiring Northern Lights displays when you look towards the stars during the winter months.
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8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group

Witness the marvels of Iceland in winter without worrying about planning or driving yourself. This immersive vacation package is perfect for anyone who is spending 7 nights in Iceland. You will be guided in a comfortable minibus around Iceland's famous ring road to incredible locations such as the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the Eastfjords and Lake Mývatn. This package should appeal to anyone who is eager to see the beautiful sites and landscapes of Iceland, as well as those who seek to include some adventure on their holiday. In addition to sightseeing across the South, East and North of this amazing country, you have the chance to go horse riding or book glacier hiking and ice caving excursions to truly make the most of the opportunities that come with winter. Of course, as this tour is conducted in the winter you will also have plenty of chances to see the Northern Lights. You will be travelling in the dark hours to reach your destinations around the ring road, and often staying in rural hotels, giving you better odds of capturing the phenomenon than those who are just staying in the capital. Your accommodation in Iceland will all be sorted for you prior to arrival, as well as transfer to and from Keflavík International Airport, as well as a guided six-day tour. You can also choose to add a trip to the Blue Lagoon for a bit of extra pampering. Do not miss this chance to see Iceland’s greatest sites in the winter. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
26 reviews

Duration
8 days
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

Spend a week in Iceland travelling to the best attractions of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Golden Circle, and the South Coast with this 7-day tour. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit as many beautiful locations as possible. Visiting during the Northern Lights season is the perfect opportunity to tick this natural wonder off your bucket list. Upon booking, you will receive a personal itinerary guiding you to the country's top locations such as the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, as well as all three national parks in Iceland, each with its own distinct beauty.  You'll journey through the wild terrains of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with lava fields, mountains and the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier. Then you'll adventure into the awe-inspiring attractions that make up the Golden Circle route, which top the list for many travellers to Iceland. The rest of your trip will be spent exploring the beautiful natural landscapes of Iceland's South Coast and you will even get the chance to enter the famous blue ice cave. You are behind the wheel on this self-drive tour, so you will have the freedom to create your own adventure. During the booking process, you can add on tours to really make the most of your time in Iceland. You can choose to visit the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, snorkel between two continents, race across the white expanse of a glacier on a snowmobile, visit a rare and unique ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park or a climb inside the magma chamber of a volcano. This is the perfect way to explore some of Iceland's best attractions and you will have the time to take it all in at your own pace. There are plenty of stops along this tour that will leave you with countless incredible memories. Visit Iceland's most iconic attractions and spend your nights searching for Northern Lights with this 7-day self-drive tour. Don't miss out on this winter adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
189 reviews

Duration
7 days
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavík

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
4.2
214 reviews

Duration
3,5 hours
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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Northern Lights Minibus Tour

Experience the spectacular Northern Lights on this small-group minibus tour. Stand in awe at the rhythmic dancing lights in the Icelandic skies in some of the best off the beaten track locations. Jump aboard this tour to tick the wonder of the northern skies off your bucket list during your adventure in Iceland. You’ll finally witness the famous Aurora Borealis for yourself on this special evening. Your guide will take you out into Iceland’s spectacular nature to give you the best possible Northern Lights experience, as well as giving you the opportunity to use the great natural foreground to help frame the perfect shot. Also, as part of a small group, make sure to come prepared with questions for your guide on the famous folklore or the science behind what makes this natural wonder occur. 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 in layers and wear your favourite woollen socks. Your tour guides will also help to keep you extra warm with a supply of hot chocolate and ginger biscuits, making your experience that extra special. 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 not to spot any Northern Lights on your tour, you can book yourself on a tour another night - for free! The Northern Lights can appear white, blue, green, pink, purple or even red, making for a truly mesmerising experience. 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 natural wonder. Check availability by choosing a date and book your Northern Lights adventure.
4.4
308 reviews

Duration
3 hours
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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Northern Lights | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages

Marvel over the Northern Lights on this incredible, relaxing tour. There is no need to worry about language barriers on this bus; each guest receives a kit through which they can be audio guided in 10 different languages. Seeing the aurora borealis is on the bucket list of many, and Iceland is one of the best places in the world to catch sight of them. To watch the lights dancing in brilliant displays of green, purple, red, blue and white is an unreal experience that you will not want to miss. Your tour will start from Reykjavík Terminal at your chosen departure time or 30 minutes before if you have chosen tto be picked up. You will spend approximately three hours hunting for the lights. There is no set plan of where to go, but your guide, an expert on the aurora, knows all the best vantage points and will be tracking the cloud cover online to get you to the best spots. Although you will have an audio commentary, your guide is still more than happy to answer any additional questions that you have. Furthermore, they know the best ways to photograph the aurora. When the Northern Lights appear, they will help you out with your camera so that you can capture your memory of them for life.  Tripods are kept on the bus for your use so that you can get the perfect picture. You can also rent out an ‘aurora jacket’ if the winter night is colder than you dressed for, so you can marvel in comfort. Of course, the appearance of the Northern Lights is very dependent on weather. The sky must be dark enough, there must be significant space between the clouds, and atmospheric conditions, reliant on solar winds, have to be right. Therefore this tour will only run if the lights are expected. If your trip is cancelled, or it goes ahead, and you are not lucky enough to see them, fear not. You will have as many free extra goes as it takes until you get your moment. Seeing the Northern Lights is an incredible experience. Doing so with an experienced guide, with commentary in the language most comfortable to you, makes it all the more special. So do not hesitate a moment longer. Jump aboard to see the incredible, awe-inspiring phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.2
51 reviews

Duration
3 hours
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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Northern Lights Hunt | Superjeep Tour with a Photographer

Join this super jeep tour and travel in style on a hunt for the breathtaking Northern Lights. Take in the stunning scenery of the Icelandic landscape while keeping an eye on the sky for this elusive but incredible sight with a skilled photographer guide. This tour is perfect for those keen to capture a sight of the world’s greatest natural wonder, the Aurora Borealis, in the most exciting way possible.  You will be picked up in Reykjavík in the evening by a custom 4x4 super jeep, built to handle the rough and rugged Icelandic terrain. You will be driven far away from the light pollution of the city to the darkened countryside for the best possible view of these bright dancing lights. The dramatic nature of Iceland’s countryside makes for some of the best foreground settings to capture the perfect picture of the Aurora. On your journey, you will be driven by an expert guide who will look for gaps in the clouds and signs of the Northern Lights. They will pick the best location to see this beautiful light display based on the conditions of the evening and entertain you with information about the Icelandic nature and folklore.  On the way to the perfect spot, you will be driven through the stunning Icelandic landscape. You will travel past fields and mountains and get an unbelievable nighttime view of the country. Watching the Aurora dance in rhythmic curtains of colours in an Icelandic sky makes for one of the best experiences. The super jeep, in which you will be travelling, provides comfort unmatched by the big buses. Its size allows the driver to reach places the big buses cannot, to give you the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the Aurora. You will also travel in a small group, which makes the experience exceptionally private and peaceful. You will have plenty of time to ask your guide questions on everything from camera setup to life in Iceland. You will get a chance to exit the super jeep for a better view of the green, pink, purple, blue, red and white colours in the sky. The Northern Lights are only visible during the wintertime and only in countries in the far north. So, dress warmly for this unique opportunity to see this rare natural phenomenon.  Don't miss your chance to see the incredible Northern Lights with your own eyes. Come along for an intimate, awe-inspiring experience that you will never forget. Check availability by choosing a date and book your chance to watch the Northern Lights in Iceland.
4.3
91 reviews

Duration
4 hours
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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Northern Lights Boat Cruise from Reykjavik

See the Northern Lights from the open waters of Faxaflói Bay, on this boat cruise that sets out from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour. If you’re staying in the capital but wish to escape the city lights to bask in the glow of the Aurora Borealis, this is the excursion for you.  Your adventure begins at the scenic Old Harbour by Reykjavík's city centre. The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre lights up the area with an incredible glass panel display, as you board your boat and set sails for Faxaflói Bay. Prepare to see the Reykjavík shoreline in all its glory, until you escape the lights and are greeted by the darkness of winter. If the skies are clear, you will see the stars of the night sky shine brighter than before, with the only beacon of light being the luminous Imagine Peace Tower, where it rests in the island of Viðey.  Then, prepare yourself for a stunning display of the Northern Lights, as they dance in an array of different colours, ranging from green and pink to purple and yellow. You will spend over an hour in the waters, but don’t worry about getting cold, since the boat boasts a cosy indoor cabin with a bar which you can retreat to at any time.  Your expert local guides will share captivating stories and mythical folklore about the Northern Lights from different cultures around the world, as well as explaining the quintessential science behind this incredible natural phenomenon of the Arctic night sky.  Now, the lights show up on their own accord and can never be unquestionably guaranteed, but by reading the cloud forecast and solar wind occurrences, the lights are often able to be calculated regarding their appearance.  If, however, the Aurora doesn’t show on the night of your cruise, don’t worry, you will receive a free voucher to try again on any other night. Make use of the darkness outside Reykjavík’s shores and book your Northern Lights cruise now. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.6
31 reviews

Duration
2 hours
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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Golden Circle and Northern Lights | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages

Come along for two essential Icelandic experiences: sightseeing around the Golden Circle, and hunting for the Northern Lights. This tour should appeal to all those who seek to immerse themselves in Icelandic nature and witness one of the world’s greatest wonders. Your tour starts at Reykjavík Terminal where you will meet up with your guide or you will be picked up (available at extra cost) from outside your accommodation to board a bus that is part of a brand new fleet and has Wi-Fi, a tablet for each guest, and an audio guide which provides commentary in 10 different languages. Of course, there will also be an expert guide on board to help you with any queries. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park. This is the most important historical site in Iceland, where early settlers founded their first parliament in 930 AD. This parliament continues to this day in Reykjavík, making it the longest-running, ongoing institution of its kind. Þingvellir is located in the valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Iceland is the only place this rift comes above sea level, and nowhere is it more apparent than here. The next stop will be the Geysir Geothermal Area in the Haukadalur Valley. This area is renowned for its hot-springs, most notably its two geysers. Geysir itself no longer erupts regularly, but its neighbour Strokkur blasts water up to 20-metres (65 feet) high every five to ten minutes. Once you have seen it erupt several times, you will move onto the third and final stop of Golden Circle, Gullfoss. This is a magnificent waterfall, falling in two tiers from a height of 32 metres (105 feet) into an ancient canyon. You can witness the majesty of these falls at a viewing platform right beside where the water is dropping. With the three sights of the Golden Circle complete, you will return to Reykjavík where you'll have a few hours to unwind before you are picked up again for the Northern Lights hunt.  Once you set off on your Northern Lights hunt, there are no set destinations; your guide will follow the weather online and direct your driver to the spots with the least cloud cover. They are experts at finding the Northern Lights and know all the darkest, most secluded viewing locations. Watching the auroras descend from the stars is a magical experience. If you want to take some photographs, your guide can help you with the settings of your camera. There will also be tripods on board which you can use to get the best results. After a three-hour hunt, you will return to Reykjavík. If you are not lucky enough to catch the lights, you will get another try for free. So do not hesitate. Jump aboard for a tour that combines two incredible, essential Icelandic experiences. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
87 reviews

Duration
10,5 hours
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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Golden Circle and the South Coast in 1 Day | Small Group Comfort 4x4 SUV Tours

Travel in comfort and style to enjoy the popular Golden Circle and the stunning South Coast. We will show you many of the magnificent sceneries of the Icelandic landscape. Only small groups with a local driver-guide in a comfortable 4x4 SUV, modifyed for the Icelandic conditions.  Max 4-6 passengers in each SUV.  The Golden Circle: The first destination of this trip is the historical Þingvellir National Park with its geological wonders.This is the place where the Viking settlers established what is now the world's longest-running parliament. Þingvellir is located between the North American and Euro-asian tectonic plates. The edges are clearly visible and marked by deep cracks in the ground on both sides of the valley. The area is also noted for its birch forests, ravines, lava landscapes and crystal-clear water from under-ground rivers. After Þingvellir, we drive to the Geysir Geothermal area. This colourful, hilly landscape is broken with steaming and spouting hot springs. Strokkur blows boiling water high in the air every five minutes. Gullfoss is one of the country's most known waterfall. It cascades in 3 steps in to a deep canyon. While most tours end here, we now have plenty of sites left along the beautiful South Coast. The South Coast:  Seljalandsfoss is a tall waterfall that you can walk behind while Skógafoss is a massive, wide waterfall and throws off a huge cloud of spray in the air. These waterfalls sit in the shadow of the notorious sub-glacial volcano Eyjafjallajökull. On a clear day we can enjoy the beauty of the white Glaciers Mýrdalsjökull, Sólheimajökull and Eyjafjallajökull as we drive further along the South Coast. We now have majestic cliffs and many small waterfalls on one side and the coast on the other side. We finish the day with the spectacular Black Beach.  Dyrhólaey is a set of cliffs with a mighty rock arch that becomes the home to thousands of puffins in summer, whereas Reynisfjara Black Beach known for the sea-stacks called Reynisdrangar and amazing hexagonal rock formations and caves.On our way back we can now enjoy the view of the Glaciers, cliffs and waterfalls of the South Coast and now from the other direction. Don't miss an opportunity to combine two essential sight-seeing tours in this one-day tour of comfort. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
15 reviews

Duration
10 hours
Available
All year
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2 in 1 Bundle Discount Winter Tours | Golden Circle, Ice Cave & Snaefellsnes

Visit many of Iceland’s highlights over four days and save money while doing so with this discounted tour bundle. Those who want to mix their winter-time in Iceland with both sightseeing and adventure, while cutting on costs, should not miss this opportunity. This combo consists of two tours, which will bring you to many famous sites and all three of Iceland’s National Parks. On the 3-day south coast tour, you will get to explore the Golden Circle, South Coast and the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon; you also get to embark on a glacier hike and an ice caving adventure. On the day tour to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, you will see majestic waterfalls, stretches of dark lava fields and a mighty glacier.  During the 3-day tour to the south coast, you will be staying in country hotels along the trip for 2 nights, which are included in the price. This will cut down on driving time and put you right in the middle of the sites. You will also be transported around in comfortable minibuses throughout both tours, led by experienced guides, making the experience as personal and enjoyable as possible. Iceland during winter is one of its most beautiful times. Many of the sites you will visit will be draped in snow and sparkling with frost; the glaciers will be clad in fresh, electric blue ice; and the ice caves are open. These caves only occur in Iceland’s coldest months, and only then under certain conditions, so the chance to explore one is something very few have. Of course, winter is also the season of the Northern Lights. There will be many hours of darkness each day, and whenever there is no cloud cover, you have a chance of seeing them. This is only amplified when you are staying out in the country, where there is little light pollution. Make the most of your time in Iceland throughout winter, without breaking the bank. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
94 reviews

Duration
4 days
Available
Sep. - Mar.
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12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Experience the wonders of Iceland on this 12-day winter package that takes you to all the classic sites as well as some of the most enigmatic hidden treasures off the beaten track. This tour package is perfect for travellers who want to fully experience Iceland in winter without having to worry about driving the icy roads of the countryside.  Allow your experienced and friendly guides to take you along to witness volcanic terrains, idyllic coastal towns, majestic glaciers and mighty waterfalls, as you explore everything from the highlights of the South Coast to the desolate and snow-covered fjords of the East, and the versatile wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. After you've travelled around the countryside, there will be no need to leave the shores of Iceland right away, since this package includes two additional free days in Reykjavík City with accommodation. That means you can explore the Northernmost capital in the world to your heart's content.  There are also plenty of possibilities to make your already action-packed trip even more adventurous, as you have the option of adding additional excursions during the booking process. These include visiting an authentic ice cave, venturing into a lava tube, embarking on a glacier hike, going horse riding and whale watching, just to name a few! Seeing the country couldn't be easier. Prior to your arrival, your accommodations and transport to and from Keflavík International Airport will be sorted for you. While circling the Ring Road, your guides will do their very best to hunt down possible sightings of the elusive and hypnotic Northern Lights, the winter-phenomena that tops the bucket list of so many people. So sit back and get ready to experience all the wonders of the Ring Road in a small group with this fantastic package. Don’t hesitate and book your winter adventure now! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
30 reviews

Duration
12 days
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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4 Day Winter Vacation | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

Book this 4-day winter vacation package of Iceland. Take the perfect city break with a visit to Iceland to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavik, bathe in the tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon, adventure through the world-famous Golden Circle and Iceland's wondrous South Coast. This package lets you sample the best parts of Iceland without fuss or stress as Guide to Iceland will handle all of the details for you.   The itinerary strikes an excellent balance between nature and culture. You'll visit the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, see the most magnificent waterfalls and be dazzled by huge spouting geysers blowing sky high in an amazing display of power. Not only that but you'll also get to witness volcanic glaciers and the unique Reynisfjara black sand beach. A Northern Lights tour is included so you can hunt for the elusive and spectacular Aurora Borealis. Witnessing the stunning colours of the Aurora dance over an Icelandic sky is one of the most incredible experiences of a lifetime helping to tick off the world's greatest natural wonder from your bucket list. There are plenty of ways to add even more excitement to your vacation by selecting extra activities to add on to certain days during booking. Our selection of additional activities will help to make your trip that extra special with a handful of unique experiences.  On your way around the Golden Circle, you could opt for snowmobiling on the great Langjökull glacier, journeying over the beautiful white snowy expanse. Or you could choose to go snorkelling in the crystal clear Silfra fissure, in the waters that fill the void between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. You could also get back to nature with a horseback riding tour in the wild and rugged terrains of the South Icelandic countryside. The Icelandic horse has a unique gait, and their small size means that they are not intimidating, even for beginners. You will also have plenty of time to get some great pictures of these stunning creatures up close. As you admire the black sand beaches and dramatic waterfalls of the South Coast, you can take a few hours to hike across a glacier and experience what it feels like to be isolated from the world. A glacier hike provides for the most breath-taking views of Iceland with a perfect feeling of peace and tranquillity. Reserve a date now and visit the Land of Fire, Ice and Northern Lights! Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
4.7
70 reviews

Duration
4 days
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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6 Day Northern Lights Hunting Trip | From Reykjavik to the Ice Cave

Explore the wonders of Iceland in winter and hunt the Northern Lights with this 6-day package. Visit the most sought-after sites in Iceland: bathe in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, explore the world-famous Golden Circle, and journey through Iceland's stunning South Coast. Your trip will be enhanced even further by the once in a lifetime experience of exploring the stunning blue ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park. Travelling in the country couldn't be more comfortable with this winter package. All accommodations, transportation and guided visits to some of Iceland's most beautiful attractions will be managed for you, allowing you to travel with ease and comfort. Let us take care of the details while you focus on making fantastic memories exploring Iceland's incredible landscapes and hunting the incredible Aurora Borealis.   With this package, you'll get to explore the famed attractions of the Golden Circle, travel Iceland's famous South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and enter a winter wonderland inside an authentic ice cave. You will also get to hunt for the stunning Northern Lights every evening after dark in search of this beautiful natural phenomenon. You'll visit the famous Blue Lagoon to soak in the geothermal waters amid a volcanic landscape.  Why not embrace more adventure to your trip by adding a mixture of incredible experiences. For instance, take a ride on an Icelandic horse in the rugged terrains, snorkel in the rift between two continents at Þingvellir National Park, snowmobile through the white snowy expanse of Langjökull glacier, watch the whales breach off the shores of Reykjavík or spend a day exploring the beautiful wild landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.   Discover the wonders of Iceland in the wintertime with this fantastic 6-day tour, taking every chance to stand in awe under the Northern Lights! Check booking availability now by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
4.7
166 reviews

Duration
6 days
Available
Oct. - Mar.
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Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavik

Come sail away on a fabulous boat tour of Reykjavik’s Old Harbour to hunt the Northern Lights over the ocean. This tour is perfect for anyone who has been captivated by pictures of the Northern Lights and longs to see them with his own eyes. Take a lovely nighttime stroll through the downtown area as you make your way to the harbour, only 5 minutes from the city centre (pick-up at your accommodation is available for an additional fee). You’ll be leaving the hustle and bustle of the bars and clubs behind, going far from the light and warmth of the city shops and heading out to the open sea. Be sure to get cosy in your favourite woolly sweater, for the wind on the water can be brisk. As you stand in the darkness with only your guide and a small group, you can imagine that you are Vikings returning from a voyage to Norway, witnessing this colourful sight for the very first time. Though the Vikings had many explanations for the Northern Lights, they mostly thought of them in a practical way. In one example, they reasoned that the lights were caused by the sun moving around the other side of the earth. Other cultures attached supernatural or religious meaning to the dancing lights. Throughout the medieval period, they were considered bad omens or evidence of restless spirits. What will you see? Don’t forget to bring your camera and try to capture the Northern Lights on film. In fact, it may be easier to get a good picture than to see with the naked eye. Auroras can be relatively dim, and the redder light is often at the limit of what human retinas can see. Cameras, on the other hand, are often more sensitive, and with a long exposure setting and a clear dark sky you can pick up some spectacular shots. Grab this opportunity to see the Northern Lights as the sea wind ruffles your hair. Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.
4.0
10 reviews

Duration
2,3 hours
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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The Northern Lights by Bus

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.
4.3
30 reviews

Duration
3 hours
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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Northern Lights Hunt from Akureyri

Hunt for the Northern Lights in their prime location, North Iceland, on this winter tour from Akureyri. If you're staying in this part of the country and wish to have a guided experience enjoying the mystic appeal of the Aurora, this is the tour for you. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Akureyri and taken outside town limits to the beautiful countryside in the fullness of night. This is to provide you with the best possible conditions to view the Northern Lights, which is darkness and clear skies. Akureyri is in the far north of Iceland, making the winters there darker and longer than in the capital region of South Iceland. Akureyri is also a much smaller city, so you won't need to drive as far out into the night to escape the town's light pollution. For centuries, viewers of these magical lights have tried to explain what they were, before realised as particles from solar winds reacting with gases in the atmosphere. Some cultures believed that they were messages from the dearly departed or the godly fires of the creator up in the sky. Winters in the North are often heavy with snow and ice, so you might not want to drive out yourself in search of the Aurora Borealis. You can let your experienced local driver and guide do that for you, guaranteeing you a safe and pleasant journey.  It may be best, as well, to bring your camera for a keepsake of this unforgettable experience, and a thermos of something warm to ward off the chill as you search the night skies, for veils of glimmering light flashing between the stars. Don't miss your chance to be a part of an unbelievable display of colour, light and texture on a cold, dark night, like something out of a fairytale, and join this popular winter adventure of hunting for the Aurora. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.4
11 reviews

Duration
3 hours
Available
All year
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Northern Lights Hunt in a Minibus

Witness the amazing phenomenon that is the Northern Lights on this minibus tour. Travel into the darkened countryside to see this celestial display for yourself. People come to Iceland from all over the world to see these elusive lights, and the best way to spot them is with a Northern Lights tour like this.  Your professional guide will spend the day watching the forecast to see if the conditions are right. If the sky is clear of clouds, you will be picked up in the evening and driven away from the bright city lights to the darkened countryside to see the spectacular Auroras. The Northern lights are essentially particles from a solar eruption, and when they hit the atmosphere, they create these lights in the sky that are usually green but sometimes white and purple. When the activity is high, they move around like dancers in the evening sky. People once believed these lights hold great powers, and that if you are born at night, while the Aurora Borealis are dancing in the sky, you will become both handsome and lucky. These spectacular lights are elusive, so if you don't find any on this tour, you will not only be entertained by the guide's stories of Icelandic folklore and world-class jokes, but you are also welcome to try again another night. However, if the Auroras decide to show up, you will see the sky lit up by this spectacular sight. You'll keep warm with an authentic Icelandic wool blanket and hot chocolate, and you can enjoy some Icelandic pastries in between taking pictures of the beautiful Aurora Borealis. So don't hesitate! Come along on a minibus tour to the Icelandic nature to see the beautiful Northern Lights dance in the evening sky. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
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Duration
4 hours
Available
Aug. - Mar.
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5 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Northern Lights, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Discover the very best of Iceland’s snowy landscapes with this 5-day winter self drive tour. Relax in the Blue Lagoon, see the Golden Circle and drive the South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where you can visit an authentic ice cave. This tour is perfect for those who desire the freedom to explore Iceland’s winter scene at their own pace. Upon booking you’ll receive a personal itinerary, pointing you in the direction of Iceland’s best attractions and some best-kept secrets you can experience away from the crowds. You are behind the wheel, so you can decide what sights you visit and how long you stay. There are no impatient tour guides rushing you from place to place or precise schedules you have to follow, so you can take your time at each location. For instance, you could spend extra time capturing the perfect photo of Gullfoss waterfall or watching the powerful ocean waves crash upon the shore at Reynisfjara black sand beach. Your only set destinations are your accommodations each night, which have been arranged for you before the journey begins to ensure you get plenty of rest at the best locations for the next day of adventure.  If you want to enhance your holiday even further with an extra experience or two, you can add on tours during the booking process. These include riding around the wondrous rugged terrains on the famous Icelandic horse or snorkelling in the crystal-clear glacial water of the Silfra fissure between 2 continents. You will also have the option of adding a snowmobiling tour on top of one of Iceland’s mighty glaciers, visiting two otherwordly ice caves, one of those is only accessible during the winter months, and soaking in the geothermal azure waters of the Blue Lagoon in the midst of a volcanic landscape. Each night you can take the chance to spot the spectacular Northern Lights dance across Iceland’s wintry landscapes. Be sure to avoid areas of light pollution, such as downtown Reykjavik, and steer clear of overly cloudy locations to give yourself the best chance of spotting the beautiful Aurora Borealis. Enjoy the beautiful Icelandic nature in the winter with this 5-day self drive tour. Visit the country’s most iconic attractions as the Northern Lights dance in the sky above. Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland winter adventure today.
4.8
58 reviews

Duration
5 days
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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Whale Watching & Northern lights | 2-Tour Deal

Jump aboard, for two essential Icelandic experiences. With this offer you can combine Whale watching and Northern Lights. During the day you will take a boat tour to explore beautiful Reykjavik coastline while the on-board crew will be searching for whales and other ocean mammals that live in Faxaflói bay year round. The most common species which are spotted are the Minke and Humpback whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises.  While sailing out to the ocean you can relax and enjoy your time in the cosy indoor saloon with some refreshments and snacks available on board. The experienced guides will provide you with a unique tour and tell you all about each species you might see, so be sure to ask them all the questions you may have.  At night, it is time for another fabulous boat tour, just away from the city lights where you can see Northern Lights dancing in the sky. It is a unique experience to see the Aurora Borealis from the sea, partnered with the incredible view of the lights of Reykjavík city behind you. Guides will provide you all the auroras stories and legends from around the world,  so you will also learn about the science behind this amazing phenomenon. Remember to take a good camera with - use the long exposure settings and you will take amazing shots. Both tours will depart from the Old Harbour, located in downtown of Reykjavík. The vessel has three viewing platforms, full toilet facilities, and a heated indoor saloon where you can purchase both snacks and refreshments. You'll be provided with complimentary warm flotation overalls and sea sickness tablets, and there is free Wi-fi on board so you can share your experiences on the tour. If there will not be any sightings on either of the tours, you will have a chance to join us another time, free of charge. Take a chance on our combination deal to experience the best Iceland has to offer. Do not hesitate to book. Check availability by choosing a date. 
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Duration
6 hours
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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Circle of Iceland with Snaefellsnes Peninsula | 10-Day Winter Package

Circle the incredible country of Iceland in the depth of winter with this exciting package. Over ten days, you will take a guided circle tour of the highlights of Iceland, such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Lake Mývatn area, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the Golden Circle. None who want to see the incredible landscapes of Iceland should overlook this opportunity. The guided tour comes with a clear itinerary, meaning you barely need to organise a thing. It is also conducted in a comfortable minibus, making your journey as cosy and intimate as possible and taking away any fears of driving on Iceland’s icy roads. Other than the 8 full days of guided adventure, all transfers and accommodation will be sorted for you, including the return airport transfer and 2 nights of stay in the capital. There are no hidden costs upon arrival; all arrangements are included in the price, and the Blue Lagoon can easily be added. Joining this tour could not, therefore, be any easier. You will head counter-clockwise around Iceland, seeing its South Coast, Eastfjords, dramatic northern territories, and the incredible West, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Not only will you get to see Iceland’s most famous sites, but this package will take you to hidden places very few know about, so you can experience the vastness of the empty nature in peace. Furthermore, you can add adventure to the trip, by opting to take excursions while booking; it is possible to glacier hiking, whale watching, horse riding, lava caving, and to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of an ice cave. All these excursions are available to you at a special discounted rate, should you elect to add them to your holiday upon booking. By using this great opportunity, you can not only make your holiday even more magical but save money at the same time.   Of course, as you are travelling in winter, when the days are short and nights are long, this tour presents many opportunities for you to see the Northern Lights. Due to the fact that you will spend time traversing very remote areas throughout the dark hours, with little light pollution, your chances are even greater. Immerse yourself in Iceland, by seeing as much of it as possible over ten days. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
28 reviews

Duration
10 days
Available
Aug. - Apr.
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Duration
8 days
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Sep. - Apr.
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10 Day Winter in Depth Self Drive | Snaefellsnes, Northern Lights and the South Coast

Join this 10-day self-drive tour to experience the greatest sites of Iceland within a winter wonderland. This trip is perfect for those who wish to see the country on their own terms, without having to rush past unique and incredible places in a hurry to get to the next site. The itinerary is carefully crafted by local travel experts to take into account the winter conditions and the daylight hours, so you can embark on your journey without a care in the world. Over ten days, you can expect to visit the Blue Lagoon, the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the three famous sites of the Golden Circle, the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This trip is leisurely paced, giving you plenty of time to give each place the appreciation it deserves, as well as hunt for the elusive Northern Lights. Arranged to travel over one of the most scenic routes in the country, this self-drive is structured to give you ample time at each location, so you will have the Icelandic winter at your fingertips and have plenty of time to take in the iconic locations you will visit. The personal itinerary you'll receive upon booking will also guide you to the country's hidden gems, where you can escape the crowds and connect with the incredible nature. The uniqueness of your holiday is elevated further by the tours that you can add onto many of the days. No matter your passion, you are likely to find an activity suited to you, be it snorkelling, caving, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and, if you come between November and March, exploring an ice cave. So book this incredible winter self-drive and experience Iceland with complete freedom. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
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Duration
10 days
Available
Sep. - Apr.
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Duration
3 days
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All year
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Whales & Northern Lights | Double Boat Tour

Hop aboard for two of Iceland’s most popular winter activities, of both whale watching and Northern Lights hunting from a boat. This adventure should not be missed by any lovers of wildlife who want a chance to see the ethereal Aurora from the open seas.  Your adventure starts from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour in the city centre, where your whale watching vessel awaits. On the following 3-4 hour cruise around Faxaflói bay, your expert guide will provide you with in-depth information about the surrounding landscapes and the magnificent marine animals of the bay. The most common species of whale in our waters are Minke Whales, White-beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Humpback Whales. You can also expect to witness rich birdlife such as Arctic terns, Guillemots, Cormorants and many more. You return to the harbour area in the afternoon, in good time to have dinner and prepare for the electrifying Northern Lights hunt. All guests get a discount at a nearby harbour restaurant which they can make use of, or they can use their free voucher to explore the Whale Exhibition Centre.  The evening voyage departs begins when night has fallen. Meet the crew in the Visitor Centre and prepare for an unforgettable experience. Once you've boarded the boat, you can stay inside the heated indoor cabin or get warmed up in comfortable overalls and head upstairs to the main deck to get ample views of the vast starry sky. Leaving behind the bright city lights, you start the search. Your excellent guide will tell you all about the Auroras and how they form, and if you have any questions or need help setting up your camera gear, please don’t hesitate to contact the crew. You can expect to be back in the city a couple of hours later, or around midnight. Sighting success is quite high and to optimise your chances your guides carefully go over the weather-, cloud- and sea conditions beforehand. However, in the unlikely event that you don’t see any wildlife or Auroras on the tours, you will receive a free ticket to try again on a different night. Don't hesitate in jumping aboard and exploring the wonders off the coast of Reykjavík, from the gentle giants swimming below to the majestic Northern Lights dancing above. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Sep. - Apr.
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About Northern Lights Tours & Holidays in Iceland

Seeing the northern lights is something many hope to experience—and this is possible in Iceland. The northern lights may appear whenever the sky is dark and clear, but northern lights tours take you away from the light pollution of cities and towns to provide you with the best shot at catching the celestial display.

1.  When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

The best time of year to see the Northern Lights is from the start of September until mid-march, during Iceland’s winter nights. For the best viewing conditions you’ll need a cloudless sky, away from towns and cities light pollution and good solar activity. It’s frequently the case that the best displays statistically happen near the September and March equinoxes.

2. What region in Iceland is best for spotting the Northern Lights?

North Iceland and the Westfjords have less hours of sunlight per day during the wintertime than the rest of the country, so those areas present more opportunities. The northern lights are regularly seen in all regions of Iceland, however, so long as the sky is dark and clear.

3. Is a sighting of the Northern Lights guaranteed on the tours?

No, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings can never be guaranteed. Tour operators try to predict them the best they can, according to solar wind- and weather forecasts. Some tour providers will offer a tour for another day free of charge should your hunt for the aurora borealis be unsuccessful. 

4. What happens if I don’t see the Northern Lights on the tour?

There are no refunds, but most operators allow you to try once more, free of charge. Please contact the tour operator for a rescheduling and further details.

5. What happens if the tour is cancelled?

You can either decide to move it to another date or get a full refund.

6. How long does the tour last?

It depends on the tour you choose, please contact a travel planner for further information.

7. Is the tour going to be on a big bus or a minibus?

We have a great selection of tours, and you can choose between a minibus, a big bus, a super jeep and a boat.

8. Can I see the Northern Lights in the summer?

Not at the height of summer, but it’s possible in late August when autumn is approaching and the nights get dark. This is not guaranteed, but frequently the first aurora sighting of the season will happen at the end of August.

9. What colour are the Northern Lights?

The northern lights are most commonly green, but if they are particularly strong, they can also be purple, red, pink, white and blue. The colours you see by eye vary both from person to person and the intensity of the aurora. The more intense the Northern Lights, the stronger the colours. If you are bringing a DSLR camera with you, this will pick up the colours better than the naked eye.

10. Why are the Northern Lights so common in Iceland?

Iceland has long dark nights throughout the winter, providing the perfect canvas for the northern lights to appear. Also, Iceland is situated well above the 60° north latitude line, which is the lowest point on which the lights are regularly seen.

11. What are the best DSLR camera settings for capturing the Northern Lights?

Your DSLR camera settings for capturing the aurora will depend on the intensity of the display. As a general rule of thumb you’ll always want your camera set to manual, your lens focuses near infinity with a shutter speed between 4-30 seconds and an ISO between 100 - 3200 (depending on how strong the aurora is), and your widest aperture possible. You’ll also need a tripod with you to avoid camera shake when taking long exposures. See our full guide on capturing the Northern Lights.

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What are the Northern Lights?

The northern lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, are phenomena that occur at high latitudes when solar particles ionise as they enter the earth's atmosphere, appearing in the night sky in the form of waving ribbons of colour. These ‘ribbons’ have captivated their viewers for centuries, bringing about defying awe and unspeakable mystery.

The northern lights are, in fact, occurring throughout the year, yet it is only during the dark winter nights that they become visible to the human eye. This is, naturally, what makes northern light hunting one of the most popular winter activities in Iceland. You can partake in numerous tours that take you to the best northern lights spotting locations, such as an affordable Northern Lights Bus Tour that takes you far away from the city's light-pollution, or a Northern Lights Boat Cruise that allows you to witness the auroras out on the open sea. Outside of Scandinavia, it is only possible to go northern light hunting in such places as Alaska, northern Canada and Siberia. 

Modern scientific understanding of the northern lights did not mature until the 1880's when researchers discovered their connection to solar activity. Further study, seventy years later, would deepen this revelation, with new breakthroughs made in the knowledge that electrons and protons travel to earth on a ‘solar wind’. Today, research is ongoing into the northern lights as we further our understanding of deep space and our connection to it.

The northern lights have long been known to the Scandinavian people, inspiring some of the greatest and longstanding tales to have ever come out of Norse Mythology.

One of the most prominent of these relates to Ragnarök, a great future battle that, as foretold, will see the world submerged in water, and a significant number of the Gods dead, including the likes of Odin, Thor and Loki. After the events of Ragnarök, it is said that the world will be born anew, strengthening the ancient themes of birth, death and rebirth.

To prepare for this battle, Odin, the Chieftain of Asgard, would summon his most prized warriors, the Valkyries, female battle-maidens who rode on horseback carrying spears and shields. Ancient stories would surmise that the northern lights were a reflection of this Valkyrian armour.

Another widely spoken about interpretation is that the aurora was the ‘Bifrost Bridge’, a rainbow walkway that led deceased warriors into the glorious, glowing halls of Valhalla.

To the Icelandic Vikings, the aurora was a phenomenon to be celebrated, a popular trend that has continued to this day with countless Northern Lights tours taking place across the land of Ice and Fire. Neighbouring Scandinavians, however, were less than trustful.

Many Norse people, such as the indigenous Finno-Ugric people, the Sámi, felt that the lights were to be feared. Believing these dancing green, red and yellow light waves to be the souls of the dead, the Sámi were careful to never show any sign of disrespect towards the lights, be that whistling beneath them, singing, talking or even waving them to them.

It is said, that those who fail to heed these warnings will be pulled up into the sky, forever trapped among these nocturnal spirits. Due to this slumbering myth, it is thought that some Sámi people, even today, will not go outside when the northern lights dance above.

It is perhaps the Finnish who have the most beautiful allegory for the auroras, believing them to be created by the arctic fox, an animal that just so happens to be Iceland’s only native mammal. The Finnish name for the aurora translates to “Fire Fox”, a direct reference to the ethereal fox that would dash so quickly across the night sky that his tail would brush against the mountains, thus causing a vast and colourful outburst of sparks.

Still, another interpretation of the Arctic fox story differs somewhat, and provides some justification on the part of an ancient people as to why the lights only appeared in winter; instead of sparks, the fox’ tail was thought to have kicked up snowflakes into the air which then caught the light of the moon.

When it comes down to the folklore of Iceland particularly, it was believed that the northern lights helped to soothe the pain of childbirth, though women who had yet to give birth were warned not to look at them directly, in fear that the child would be born cross-eyed.

During your visit in Iceland, you have the option of seeing the northern lights on your own. But should you want to view them from the best spots, far away from the light-pollution of human settlements, you would be well advised to take a northern lights tour, in which a knowledgeable guide tells you all there is to know about this fantastic phenomenon.

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