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Reykjavík, Iceland
Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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Safety measures
icon3 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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!
  • Evening tour to see the amazing Northern Lights
  • One of the world's most amazing natural phenomena, also known as the Aurora Borealis
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Reykjavik meeting points

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

If you don’t see the aurora on this tour, you can do it again at no additional cost.
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
WiFi on board
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.All passengers must be ready at their designated Starting Point/Hotel/Bus Stop 30 minutes before the tour is scheduled to depart. The "No pickup" does not include hotel pick-up, but complimentary pickup from the following locations is offered upon request for no extra charge, please be at meeting point 30 minutes prior to departure: *Bus stop 6 - Safnahúsið / Culture House *Bus stop 13 - Rauðarárstígur You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.
Leave the city by comfortable coach, and journey into Iceland’s countryside to search for the Northern Lights.

En route, listen as your guide explains the science behind the extraordinary natural phenomenon, also known as the Aurora Borealis. Learn about the Icelandic myths that have grown up around the spectacle, and how the fluorescent lights are formed by electrically charged particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Leave Reykjavik far behind, and head into an area free from any urban light pollution—the darker the skies, the better the chances of getting a good view of the lights.

Hop out of the coach at select locations with your camera in hand and scan the skies, with pointers from your guide. If you’re lucky, be treated to a display and gaze at the shimmering veils of fluorescent lights as they dance and move across the sky.

If you’re keen to get shots, get tips from your guide on how to set up your camera and take good quality photos. Sightings can’t be guaranteed, but if you don’t observe the lights, you receive a complimentary ticket to take the evening tour on another day.

After your evening spent looking for the lights, return to Reykjavik where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Iceland
Before setting off on the Northern Lights tour, our specialists and guides make a decision of where the best possible chances to see the lights are. That means that there is no fixed location visited, and the destination is selected on a day-to-day basis. We can say with certainty that the Aurora Borealis is one of the most unique spectacles that life on Earth has to offer. That is why we make every effort to provide an unforgettable Northern Lights experience to our passengers with daily tours, supervised by our expert guides. After operating Northern Lights hunting tours for many years, we know a thing or two about finding the best possible viewing conditions. Before each tour, we study the weather forecasts to help us decide what the best location that night will be. If the conditions are right, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens, painting dramatic shapes, colors and patterns on the night sky.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If the tour is cancelled due to weather, clients can re-book for another evening free of charge, or get a refund. If the tour goes ahead but no northern lights can be seen, clients can re-book for another evening free of charge but no refund is offered.
  • Passengers will be dropped off at their original pickup point or as close as possible.
  • The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • It is important to dress appropriately for this tour, warm clothing is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • The tour lasts between 3-5 hours.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Iceland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you want pictures, make sure you download the app for northern lights so you can take pictures with your smart device." See review
  • "Do wrap up well, and be prepared to wait 2 or 3 hours." See review
  • "We had perfect weather conditions but remember it’s up to nature if you are gonna see something or not." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Very disappointed
ciara_e
, Nov 2021
The tour was cancelled without us being notified so we were left waiting to be collected for over 30 minutes unaware that the tour had been cancelled. Very poor customer service.
star-2
Not worth it!
Iolanda_P
, Nov 2021
There was nothing to see and I didn't saw big efforts to found them. Drivers just left us in the middle of nowhere and after 1 hour and fifty minutes they just scream that buses we're departing. I know that be able to see northern lights depends of many weather conditions but I think in that case, company should give a refund of 50% for instance and even that way the profit would be huge!! I don't recommend this because of the company's careless attitude with passengers.
star-5
Cold but fun.
Stephanie_M
, Nov 2021
Great night. Although lights didn't show. Great to hear the tour guide tell us some stories. Went from South to East trying to find the lights but never showed.
star-1
Disappointed
Ali_B
, Nov 2021
We joined the bus, and the tour guide was very poor-language and content of information given. Obvious that the weather would prevent viewing of lights but we stayed for no reason. Really disappointing, no discussion re being able to view again or how to organise if we wanted to do this. So we will not be able to do this as have other things arranged , in short time we are here. Today we went with guide on Golden Circle Classic- so good, really good level information and enjoyed slot.
star-3
Pricey for a hit and miss tour
Jake_M
, Nov 2021
Didn’t get to see the northern lights unfortunately. Was a little disappointed that we only got to go to one location to an attempt viewing. I spent most of this excursion sitting on the bus as it was -3 outside and it was too cold to stand out.
star-3
There were no northern...
Galby_C
, Nov 2021
There were no northern lights and we stayed there way too long with no activity. I understand that events are booked in advance but there should be a refund or reschedule mechanism when these events occur
star-4
Trip was cancelled for...
Vikki_C
, Nov 2021
Trip was cancelled for our original booking due to poor visability. Rebooked for another night. We did get to see glimmers of the lights. Top tip is to bring a cmgood camera or phone as the photos you take show the lights better than our own eye sight. Was great to see them and how the sky changes.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Grey Line Is Very Unreliable. Don’t use them.
Justin_H
, Nov 2021
Was originally meant to go Friday. Someone called us to tell us where to be for pickup, no one showed. They moved it to Saturday and then cancelled without letting us know until we called. Crappy service.
star-5
Fantastic in the end.
StephenWard
, Nov 2021
Taken by professionals to the right places. They know were and when and what weather conditions are good for the right place to go.
star-1
Really disappointing
Elaine_T
, Nov 2021
The weather was poor, complete cloud cover and yet the tour went ahead. We went from one place to another standing in the rain and looking at nothing. Most people were sat on the coach fed up. There was only one toilet stop with only two toilets and that was in 5 hours. Not great for us oldies! The guide was lovely and encouraged us to email the company for another night’s excursion - of course most people wouldn’t be able to do this as they’d other trips booked.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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