Northern Lights Big Bus Tour

Northern Lights Tour
Northern Lights Tour
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  • Duration3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Group SizeNo max
  • Meeting LocationBSÍ Bus Terminal (or chosen pick up point)

Tour description

Northern Lights Iceland

See the glory of the Northern Lights in Iceland! Unforgettable experience!

Our tour takes you to see a spectacular phenomenon which can be seen from late August to mid-April. The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the Magnetic Pole.  

Why take a guided tour to see the northern lights in Iceland?

Choosing a guided tour increases your chances of seeing the northern lights in Iceland. Our team of experts reviews and studies the weather, locations, and aurora forecast daily to determine if the odds are in our favor. 

The tour is weather-dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed. However, you will experience Icelandic nature, the Milky Way, stars, the moon, clouds, and total darkness during the night. Please note that indicated return times can vary. 

If you don‘t see any northern lights during this tour, you are invited to join the time again, free of charge.  

Passengers can buy waffles and hot drinks on-site, at an extra cost, when available, to enjoy while looking up into the sky.* 
*Waffles and hot drinks are only available on the 21:00 departure.

Where do we go to see the northern lights in Iceland?

Our experts decide where the best location is each night, so the exact route is not known in advance. One of the most important factors is going away from the city lights. Based on the weather and aurora forecast, we decide if it is worth going. If yes, our experts decide on the best place to go. 

What to expect on your northern lights tour:

It may be cold outside even though our buses are warm and comfortable. You will have plenty of time to take photos, so we recommend you dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. We recommend three layers, a cap, gloves, warm socks, and a warm jacket.

We cannot guarantee that you will see the aurora despite our efforts. If we do NOT see northern lights on the tour, passengers can rebook for another evening.

A refund is impossible when we go on the tour and do not see the northern lights.

Your rebook ticket is only valid for you; you can not assign your ticket to someone else.

The tours are planned using larger buses, so large groups. 

You will get some basic information from our guides on getting the best light pictures.

Our guides are experts in the aurora. They know where to hunt them down and how to take pictures of the lights. So please do not hesitate to ask them about the northern lights or for assistance with your photography.

Children are welcome on tour. However, this can be a long and cold night, so it may not be suitable for children younger than six. 

Please note that looking for the aurora is a hunting tour. Civilization (including conventional WCs) is left behind to increase our chances of seeing the aurora. Auroras are best seen outdoors at night in Iceland’s winter. Your well-being on tour depends on your clothing.

FAQ about this northern lights tour:

How can I rebook?

Visit this site and log your booking number to choose a new date.

Why was the tour canceled tonight?

A team of experts considers the weather and aurora forecast every day to see if the conditions are favorable or not. If the odds are against the aurora being visible for some reason, we cancel the tour.

If we cancel the tour and you cannot attend at a later date, you can get a refund. 

We did not see the lights on the tour yesterday, and we cannot join the tour again during our stay now. Can we then have a refund?

If you were on tour, a refund is not possible. However, your ticket is valid for two years for rebooking. Save your booking number and visit this site to choose a new date.  

How far away from the city do you go and where?

The average time heading to the first stop is usually within an hour. The direction of the tour is decided shortly before departure and based on the weather forecast.

They took my voucher on tour last night, so I don’t have my booking number.

If you don’t have your voucher in your email and have no information about your booking number, please call us and have the information ready on when you were initially booked and under which name your tour was booked.

When is the best time of the year to see the lights?

From late August until mid-April.

Why do I not see the lights as in the photos?

The human eye usually sees the northern lights as faint colors of light green, grey, and white. Camera sensors have no eye limitations as they have extended exposure features and other factors.  

Additional information:

Remember to dress warmly. 

This tour depends on the weather and activity, so sightings are not guaranteed.

Indicated return times can vary due to road & weather conditions.

If you don’t see any lights on the tour, you can re-book again for free.

The tour is scheduled daily. However, we do cancel the tour if the forecast for the weather- and the aurora is not promising enough. When a tour is canceled, those booked can change their booking to another date or get a full refund, given that they have not been on tour before.

Tour Highlights

  • Maximize your chances of seeing the northern lights on this evening tour
  • Your guide takes you to the best places to spot the elusive phenomenon
  • If you don‘t see any lights, you can join a later tour free of charge
  • Seasonal tour available from September to mid-April

Cancellation policy

We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if the booking is canceled 1 day or less before the event.


What's Included

  • Bus fare
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Professional Local Guidance
  • Vehicle cleaned with Vectorfog - 100% Natural multi-surface disinfectant.

Good to Know

  • Remember to bring warm clothes, waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes are recommended
  • We recommend bringing thermal layers, a winter hat, scarf, gloves, and wearing warm socks for colder days
  • Camera or a mobile phone with a camera
  • Availabilty: 22:00 (25 August – 30 September & 15 March - 15 April), 21:00 (1 October - 14 March)

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

The Northern Lights are always fun to see. Even Icelanders, who grow up seeing them regularly, are just as happy when they see them every single time!

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