northern lightsPlease be aware that the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. The best time to see them is between September and April, although you may be lucky enough to see them earlier or later in the year.

We suggest that, to give yourself the most chances to see the Northern Lights, we book you on an Aurora hunting expedition from one of our recommended providers on your first available evening in Reykjavík, which will take you away from the lights of the city. Tours, which include a pick-up from your hotel, can be by bus or by boat, or can be combined with a seafood feast or even a caving expedition. On most of these trips, you should expect to be out until after midnight. Please be sure to wear warm clothing and bring a hat and gloves.  For the Northern Lights Chase and Northern Lights by Boat, a decision is taken daily at 17:00 on whether the tour will operate, depending on how favourable are the conditions.  If it goes ahead, but the Aurora fails to appear, an alternative tour or full refund will be offered.

Northern Lights Chase (mid-September – mid-April, 4 hours): from £55

northern lights 1The exact route of this minibus tour (maximum 18 people) depends on which location offers the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. To maximise your chances, your guide will decide where to go, after taking into account both the aurora forecast and the cloud cover.   You may head to the Thingvellir National Park, the lava-covered Reykjanes Peninsula or to the beautiful Borgarfjordur fjord area.  The price includes a pick-up from your hotel between 21:00 and 21:30.  Code: NL1

Northern Lights by Boat (2-3 hours): from £50

Hunting the Northern Lights from the ocean is a magical experience. The boat offers heated indoor seating areas, a café and bar and WCs. Free Wi-Fi, tripods and warm overalls are available and an expert guide will explain the science behind the appearance of the Aurora. A pre-tour dinner is available.  Code: NL2

Northern Lights by Jeep with Seafood Feast (5-6 hours): from £195

Before setting of by Jeep to search for the wonders of the night sky, you will be taken to one of Iceland’s best seafood restaurants for a delicious feast, washed down with Icelandic schnapps.  Code: NL3

Northern Lights and Cave Tour (6 hours – 1.5-2 hours in cave): from £115

Explore a spectacular lava cave, a short drive from Reykjavík by Super Jeep, before setting off to hunt for the Northern Lights on this small group tour (maximum 10 people).  Please note: out of respect for the environment, no handrails or lights are installed in the cave (torches are provided) and this tour involves a certain amount of walking on uneven surfaces and, in places, crawling on all-fours is required for short distances.  Code: NL4