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A captivating experience!
Head into the Icelandic countryside as you try and catch a glimpse of the mysterious Northern Lights, one of nature’s most thrilling and spectacular displays.
Our guide to Northern Lights Mystery Iceland
Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights is a mysterious natural phenomenon that is only visible from the far reaches of the northern hemisphere on clear nights between September and April.
Iceland is the perfect place to go hunting for a glimpse of nature’s version of a fireworks display and this trip, led by expert guides, will take you out into the dark Icelandic wilderness, giving you the best chance to witness these magnificent dancing patterns in the sky.
On the clearest nights, you will see the lights swirling across the horizon in dramatic colours, shapes and sizes.
This is a seasonal occurrence and is heavily dependent on favourable weather conditions and clear skies. Your guides will track the weather across southwestern Iceland and then decide on the best route to take to give you the greatest chance of witnessing this phenomenon.
However, if conditions do not look favourable and to avoid the disappointment of not seeing the lights, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel your tour at short notice. In this event, they will endeavour to reschedule you for an alternative date, but if this is not possible we will refund you in full upon your return home.
To give yourself the best opportunity to see the Northern Lights, it is recommended to book your tour for the first night of your trip to Iceland.
Daily from mid-August to mid-April.
Between 3 and 5 hours.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Northern Lights Mystery Iceland
- In the event of inclement weather, road closures or other causes which may impact your hotel pick-up, you will be advised of the nearest collection point. It is the customer's responsibility to be at this location to be collected.
- You will be required to present a printed copy of your voucher at the time of tour departure.
- Pick-ups from hotels start 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the tour.
- The Northern Lights can only be seen on clear nights, therefore the tour operator reserves the right to cancel this tour if the evening sky is heavily clouded or weather conditions are not favourable. In this event, they will do their best to reschedule you for a different date, but if this is not possible you will be refunded in full upon your return home.
- If the tour does commence sightings cannot be 100% guaranteed. No refunds can be given in this instance.
- To give yourself the best opportunity to see the Northern Lights, it is recommended to book your tour for the first night of your trip to Iceland.
- A decision is taken daily at 6 pm whether the tour will be operated or not. All hotels and booking agents in Reykjavik are informed by email about our decision so please contact the front desk of your hotel, the tour desk or the tour operator to find out whether the tour will be operating.
- *CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions for Northern Lights Mystery Iceland
When is best to book the Northern Lights?
Many factors mean that the Northern Lights can’t always be seen. In summer, for example, the northern lights aren’t visible, as the light of the sun will be too strong. Even in winter, they won’t be on display all the time. Sometimes the night sky will be cloudy, or the light of the moon will be too bright. At other times, the aurora just won’t be strong enough to be visible.
It is recommended to book your Northern Lights tour for the first night of your stay. In case your tour is cancelled due to bad weather, you will have time to reschedule for an alternative date.
Do the Northern Lights happen every night?
Fortunately, the Northern Lights do occur frequently however, it will depend on the weather conditions as to whether you will be able to see them. The sky needs to be dark, clear of any clouds and you should be away from light pollution for best results.