Northern Lights Tours & Holidays

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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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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. 

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.

What happens if the tour is cancelled?

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

How long does the tour last?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.