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Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland

Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland

The Northern Lights are widely considered among the most captivating beautiful sights in the world, and Iceland is one of the best places to go to see the light show. Here are a few tips to help make sure you catch Aurora Borealis in full flow.

When to Go

For a chance at spotting the Northern Lights in Iceland, visit between September and March, when winter descends and the open plains outside the cities are plunged into darkness by night. Even by day, you can expect only about five hours of daylight. And do keep in mind that the nights are particularly cold during the cloudless days of winter, so bring plenty of warm layers.

Where to Go

The majority of Iceland visitors in search of the Northern Lights use the capital city of Reykjavik as their base due to the wealth of Aurora hunting tours and diverse accommodation, dining and entertainment options available. Northern Lights tours take you outside the city into the surrounding countryside for the best shot at seeing the lights.

How to Go

Iceland is home to rugged off-road trails, calm bays, and open plains—all offering great opportunities to escape the city in search of the Northern Lights. Spin into the mountains on a Jeep safari, cruise across Faxaflói Bay, zoom up to the Langjökull glacier by snowmobile, or simply enjoy a relaxing coach night tour into the wilderness—where the Aurora Borealis shines brightest.

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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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Seize the opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles during this evening Reykjavik Northern Lights tour. Hop into a climate-controlled coach with an expert guide, and venture deep into Iceland’s darkness-cloaked countryside, far from the electric glow of any towns. Stop at different locations to scan the ink-black skies for the legendary lights, and with luck, catch a dazzling display that you’ll remember forever. Taking a Northern Lights Iceland tour is a must for anyone visiting Reykjavik in winter, so don’t miss out!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik in a Super Jeep - FREE photos

Small-Group Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik in a Super Jeep - FREE photos

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Seek out the northern lights on this 4-hour tour from Reykjavik by ‘super jeep,’ a SUV adapted to travel through Iceland’s rugged terrain. Travel out of the Icelandic capital and deep into the countryside, where you’ll search for the best spots from which to view the spectacle. If luck isn’t on your side and you don’t see the lights, simply rebook with the operator to take the tour again at no extra cost. This tour is a small-group tour ensuring a more intimate experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a guided boat cruise from Reykjavik. The still waters of Faxaflói Bay make an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Northern Lights. Learn all about Mother Nature’s fireworks display from a guide, sip a warm drink on board (own expense), and enjoy hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected).
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

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The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, draw hopeful travellers to Iceland from across the world, but knowing how to boost your chances of the best sightings requires skill and practise. On this Northern Lights bus tour, enjoy round-trip travel from your Reykjavik hotel and head out into the Icelandic countryside with your experienced guide. Hit the best spots for the clearest visibility, and reschedule for free if you don’t get lucky.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik
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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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See Iceland’s Golden Circle and search for the Northern Lights on an afternoon and evening tour from Reykjavik. Board a rugged 4x4 Super Jeep tough enough to navigate the country’s challenging terrain and explore the Golden Circle. See the ancient geological formations and parliament site at Thingvellir National Park; watch the Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and admire the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. As darkness falls, seek out the Northern Lights, escaping light pollution to experience the incredible light show.
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  • 10 hours
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Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik
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Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomenon, and Iceland is one of few places in the world where it’s possible to view the elusive Aurora borealis. Maximize your chances of witnessing nature’s lightshow on this tour from Reykjavík, and seek out the best viewing spots around the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Northen Light tour on ATV/Quad
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Northen Light tour on ATV/Quad

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Head out into the Icelandic night for an adventurous Northern Lights ATV tour that includes pickup and drop-off at Reykjavík hotels, hot drinks, and all equipment. Ride alongside Lake Hafravatn and Mount Hafrafell, find panoramic views over Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær, and search for the Northern Lights above a rugged landscape.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik
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Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Enjoy a meal at one of Reykjavik’s top restaurants and seek out Aurora Borealis on this 4-hour dinner and Northern Lights cruise from Reykjavik. Take a seat at your table in the Kopar restaurant in Reykjavik’s harbor, famous for its focus on fresh ingredients. Enjoy a delicious 8-course meal of Icelandic specialities such as marinated scallops, lamb fillet and caramel cake. Afterward, hop aboard your sightseeing boat on the pier and cruise onto the waves in search of the shimmering blues, greens and purples of the spectacular Northern Lights.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Private Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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See the Northern Lights in all their vivid colors on a 3-hour trip from Reykjavík, and see one of the natural world’s most stunning shows first hand. Learn about the sacred history and mythology of the atmospheric phenomenon, and hunt down the display where it's easiest to see. Let conditions guide you as you leave the city for Arborg, the valley of Haukdal or the stony landscape of Thingvellir National Park. Don’t leave Iceland without checking out this bucket-list experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Northern Lights Private Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Private Tour from Reykjavik

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Chase the Northern Lights, and watch the pink, green, yellow, and violet hues dance in the sky above you on this private tour from Reykjavik. After pickup at your hotel, head out in search of the lights. Ideal locations vary day-to-day, but popular spots are Thingvellir National Park, Hvalfjordur, and the Reykjanes Peninsula.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Golden Circle Tour and Evening Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

Golden Circle Tour and Evening Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Discover the top natural attractions for which Iceland is famous on this 10-hour Golden Circle tour and evening Northern Lights cruise from Reykjavik. Visit the Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Centre with your guide, where geothermal heat is harnessed. Watch bubbling hot pools and steaming geysers at Geysir, then visit Geysirstofa Museum. Admire the Gulfoss Waterfall and explore the UNESCO–listed Thingvellir National Park. Cruise from Reykjavik Old Harbour by night in search of the famous Northern Lights. With informative on-board commentary, watch the skies for the tell-tale shimmering green hues.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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