Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
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An unforgettable experience to see the northern lights!
The Northern Lights tour in Iceland takes you to see a spectacular natural phenomenon which happens during the winter months.
Our guide to Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
During the winter months, from late August to April, Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the always-spectacular Northern Lights!
Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole, as you'll learn on this fascinating hunt.
Choosing a guided tour increases your chances of seeing the Northern Lights as a team of experts review and study the weather, locations and aurora forecast on a daily basis to determine if the odds are in favour for the tour and the best location. Therefore, the locations visited during the Northern Lights tour vary from day to day depending on weather conditions but keep your eyes peeled and camera handy.
As this tour is weather dependent, sightings are not guaranteed, however, you will experience Icelandic nature during the night, the Milky Way, stars, moon, clouds and total darkness. If you do not see the Northern Lights on your booked tour, you are invited to join the tour again, free of charge. It is highly recommended that you book your tour early in your trip to Iceland, so if needed you can re-book this tour.
25th August to 15th April
9.00pm between 1st October - 14th March
10.00pm between 25th August - 30th September and 15th March - 15th April
Approximately 3.5 hours.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
- Although your booking will be confirmed, tickets will not be available to download until 30 days before your visit date.
- If choosing to depart from BSI Reykjavik Bus Terminal, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your departure time.
- Hotel pick-ups are available from most hotels/guest houses, pick-up times will be advised once your booking has been confirmed.
- You will be required to present a printed copy of your voucher at the time of tour departure.
- Minimum age for this tour is 6 years old.
- Only two children under the age of 18 are allowed per one paying adult.
- Once you have joined a departure the tour is non-refundable regardless of if lights are visible or not.
- Despite all efforts, it cannot be guaranteed that you will see the aurora. If you do NOT see Northern Lights on the tour, you can rebook for another evening - please try to book this tour early in your trip, so you have the flexibility to rebook.
- Warm clothes, a waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes are recommended.
- We also recommend bringing thermal layers, a winter hat, scarf, gloves, and wearing warm socks for colder days
- Remember to bring a camera or a mobile phone with a camera.
- *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 Tour in 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.