Witness one of nature’s most spectacular displays on our Northern Lights tours in Iceland and watch the fantastic Aurora Borealis shimmer across the sky!
On our expertly guided Northern Lights tours from Reykjavik, you’ll have your best chance to see Iceland's incredible Northern Lights dance across the night sky. We’ll whisk you away from the bright city lights of Reykjavik and into the remote Icelandic countryside, searching the skies for the Aurora Borealis.
The Northern Lights in Iceland are a natural phenomenon triggered by charged particles from the Sun colliding with the Earth’s atmosphere, high up in the heavens.
Seeing the lights from the ground also requires clear, dark nights, so we’ll need the right weather for a successful Aurora hunt! Our experienced Northern Lights guides will read the weather forecast and pick the right places each night.
After you’ve completed the booking for your Northern Lights Tour, all you need to do is be ready for collection at the designated location for the tour departure, sit back and relax and enjoy the drive out of the city to the chosen places for aurora hunting.
Our experienced guides will entertain you with fascinating facts about the Northern Lights and the locations we’re visiting to search for the Northern Lights.
As soon as the Aurora Borealis has been spotted, you can witness this incredible natural phenomenon in eye-catching surroundings, taking as many photos of the Northern Lights as you want!
We’ll help you with your camera or smartphone settings if you need advice, but we do recommend familiarizing yourself with your equipment before your Northern lights tour.
Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth to see the Northern Lights, with stunning landscapes just a short drive from the city.
As well as that, Iceland isn’t as built-up as other countries, so it’s much easier to reach secluded areas in complete darkness. That makes a big difference when you’re hunting the Northern Lights!
Our Northern Lights tours have over a decade of experience making the most of this magical phenomenon, discovering the best places to watch the skies dance.
So, let us do all the driving while you prepare for an experience with one of our amazing guides you’ll never forget. You’ll never have a better opportunity for seeing the Northern Lights!
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are generated by unpredictable activity on the Sun, including solar wind, solar flares, solar storms, and Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) in the upper atmosphere.
Charged particles are flung across the cosmos from the Sun, reaching the Earth’s atmosphere at different speeds, drawn to the magnetic fields around the North and South Poles.
The solar particles interact with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere, creating tiny bursts of light, which we see as a colorful aurora.
Iceland's long dark winters offer you a fantastic opportunity to see this natural phenomenon yourself!
The best time of year to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is from late August until late April. The darker the nights, the brighter the lights may appear!
The optimum time of day for aurora hunting is between 9 pm and 2 am.
Iceland’s nights last longest in December (up to 20 hours of darkness!). When there’s more daylight, the chances will reduce. That makes the Northern Lights a magnet for winter visitors to Iceland!
Remember that we need clear skies, so we’ll look for cloudless areas around the capital each night to increase your chances of success.
The chances of seeing the Northern Lights will change minute by minute on each night of the Northern Lights season. Your amazing guide will be prepared with a detailed itinerary to take you off the beaten path for the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
If the Icelandic skies are clear, that gives you the best chance to see the Aurora from your accommodation in Reykjavík by just looking up! But the light pollution from the street lights will significantly reduce the spectacle. Getting out into Icelandic nature is the best way to see the northern lights.
When the weather is changeable, clouds will obscure the Northern Lights from sight, so you need to be able to move quickly from one place to the next.
That’s why it’s always best to take an organized tour with our experienced guides, who know the best places outside the city to hunt the clearest and darkest skies for the best view possible!
The Aurora Borealis are a natural phenomenon, so there’s no guarantee of seeing them. A successful Northern Lights tour needs the right weather and certain levels of aurora activity.
Aurora activity is measured by the Kp index, which indicates when the Northern Lights are most likely to appear. The scale is numbered from 0-9 - the higher the number, the greater the level of solar activity. The greater the solar activity, the higher your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
With more than a decade of experience, we know how to read the weather forecast and the Kp index to offer you the most excellent chance to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.
The Aurora Borealis can be seen in a heavenly halo around the Earth’s northern latitudes, across Alaska and Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Scandinavia, and Russia.
Its southern counterpart, the Aurora Australis, will be seen in a similar band around the Southern Hemisphere in places like Australia, Chile, and Argentina.
“How long will this rain shower last?”. “What time will that rainbow fade away?”.
If you can answer those questions, you might also know how long a Northern Lights display will last!
Sometimes the Northern Lights will dance across the sky for a few hours with a kaleidoscope of colors, including green, white, blue, red, and purple.
On other nights, we might see the aurora may appear for a few minutes, with ethereal wisps of green creating an eerie glow.
Nobody knows for sure, which makes this a magical mystery tour for you!
The Northern Lights are generated by solar particles drawn into the Earth’s magnetic field, where atmospheric reactions charge those particles to generate a glorious range of colors in the sky.
Different gases in the Earth's atmosphere release different light colors depending on their type and height in the atmosphere.
Green is the most common color, appearing about 100 – 240 kilometers above. Blues and violets occur below 100 kilometers. And reds (rarely seen) will be above 240 kilometers. Every time you see the Northern lights they will look different.
Our expert guides will offer helpful technical advice to help you take the best pictures of the Northern Lights with your cameras and smartphones.
The latest smartphones have Night Mode options, enabling you to capture fantastic images, even when it is hard to see the Northern Lights with the naked eye.
If you’ve brought a digital camera to Iceland, read the manual in advance so you’re ready to get those perfect pictures! Knowing how to adjust your shutter speed is very important.
Find more FAQ about the Northern Lights here.
During the winter months in Iceland, when the temperatures drop and the sky is dark, nature puts on a breathtaking display known as the Northern lights. These mesmerizing lights dance across the sky in dramatic shapes and colors, creating a truly unforgettable experience. To witness this natural phenomenon, many visitors opt for Northern lights tours offered by Gray Line Iceland. These tours provide the perfect opportunity to explore the Icelandic landscape while searching for the best spots to view the lights. It's important to dress warmly and come prepared with winter boots and necessary gear like a camera and tripod. With the right weather conditions and a bit of patience, the Northern lights can create a magical and awe-inspiring experience.
Gray Line Iceland is a renowned tour operator that offers a wide range of guided tours in Iceland, including the popular Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon tours. We have a team of experienced local guides who take visitors on an unforgettable journey through Iceland's stunning landscapes. In addition to our popular Northern Lights tours, Gray Line Iceland also offers tours to the south coast and ice caves, which are a must-see for anyone visiting Iceland. Our Golden Circle tour is a best seller and is highly recommended for those who want to experience Iceland's natural wonders. Whether you're planning a trip to Iceland or just want to visit the country for a few days, Gray Line Iceland has the perfect tour for you.
The duration of an Iceland Northern Lights tour varies, but typically it will take around 4 hours. These tours are specifically designed to provide visitors with the best opportunity to witness the captivating display of the Northern lights. Guided by experienced local guides from Gray Line Iceland, participants will embark on a journey through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes in search of the perfect spot to view the lights. It is recommended to dress warmly and bring necessary equipment like a camera and tripod to capture this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.
The Northern Lights Tour start times are:
August 15th - August 24th at 22:30
August 25th - October 15th at 21:30
October 16th - March 14th at 20:30
March 15th - April 14th at 21:30
April 15th - April 25th at 22:30
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