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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?

During winter nights when the sky is dark and cloudless. A lack of light pollution also improves visibility, so leaving the town or city is recommended.

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.

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 re-scheduling 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.

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.

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.


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