Northern Lights Tours
South West Iceland
Aurora tours South West Iceland
Available late August – Early April
Watching the Aurora Borealis is an Incredible experience. Iceland is in a great position for full Aurora displays and the incredible, Icelandic nature gives you tenfold viewing pleasure.
The Northern lights depend on clear skies and geomagnetic activity. It is not always possible to witness them on your Iceland trip. The key is flexibility and booking a long trip.
Adventure vs Bus tours
Below we offer 2 type of Aurora tour. The adventure tours run small group tours and only go out with good chances of seeing the Northern Lights, they may be able to offer a different evening if conditions aren’t good on your dates. The bus tours offer repeat tours if you don’t see them, but they will go out in all sorts of weather.
Auroras can only be seen in Iceland between late August and Early April.
Northern Lights Adventures
Aurora Adventures are small group tours. Just like our photo tours they offer a more personal experience away from the crowds. These Aurora tours are flexible with Reykjavik pick up and will only run if conditions for Northern lights viewing is very good.
Arranged in order of most expensive first.
Aurora hunting by snowmobile
Our aurora tour begins by heading out to the Langjökull glacier, which is Iceland’s second largest glacier. Here we will get prepared for the highlight of the tour: snowmobiling in the night. The headlights of the snowmobiles will show us the way and the adventure opens up for us as we experience the glacier at night. If conditions are right, we will be able to see the Northern Lights in the pure unspoilt Icelandic nature. Iceland’s untouched landscapes of the glacier makes you feel like you’re on a different planet and the stars will be incredibly clear. At the end of the snowmobile tour we will have refreshments and drive back to Reykjavík.
Aurora hunting by superjeep
If you are hoping to get the most out of your stay in Iceland, we are local guides years of experience hunting the Aurora. Our tours only go out if we think there are excellent chances and we have a 90% success rate. Modified Super Jeep make light work of heavy snow and mountain tracks. Nothing is a problem in our search for the Northern Lights.
Pick-up is from Reykjavik and as we head away from the city lights, the driver will give you information and useful photography tips about the Northern Lights. We choose the best locations available each time and try to avoid places where there might be other buses. This way, you can see the Northern lights without being disturbed from other groups. We may change locations later on if we think it will yield better results. You can expect to travel for up to 1 hour.
Book your Northern Lights tour for your first night for the best chances of seeing Northern Lights.
Photographing the Northern Lights
It is very important to have a tripod to photograph the Northern Lights on your camera. We can lend you one if you don’t have one.
We can help you set up your camera but we don’t know all types. We advise you to learn your camera settings and make all the settings before the tour.
If you don’t have your own camera we have ours and we take photographs of the Northern lights on the tour. We will photograph you under the lights and send them to you the next day for free.
To keep you warm,we bring hot chocolate to warm you up.
Pick up and Drop off at your Reykjavík Hotel. Guidance in English. Hot chocolate. A tripod.
You need to bring
Warm clothes and sturdy shoes.
Small group Northern Lights & Stargazing tours
This tour heads away from the city lights to where we expect the best Northern lights sightings according to cloud and aurora forecasts. We always try to get away from the other tourists to enjoy the Northern Lights properly. While we wait for the lights at our chosen location, we use our stargazing telescope to look at the planets in our solar system. It is possible to observe their moons far far away.*
Probability of Catching the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights depend on many factors and we can never guarantee them. To see them, we need three things to be good: solar storm from the sun, dark sky and a cloudless sky. Generally your chances are about 50/50, so we only go out when Northern Light activity and cloud forecasts are good. Our viewing rate is 90%.
Optional extrasTripod Rental: does your camera have a tripod mount?Hand Warmers: gives you extra warmth for 5 to 8 hours.
Aurora Tour Schedule
18:30: Confirmation decision based on the latest weather forecast. If we need to cancel due to weather we send you an e-mail.
20:00-20:30 is pick up time (could be later in September or April.
We drive to the best locations according to weather forecasts.
At the location we assess the conditions and decide to stay or move.
While we wait, we observe the heavens through our powerful telescope.*
If the Northern lights do appear, we take photos of you under the aurora.
Once you get cold, we serve hot chocolate and Icelandic donut.
We stay out until midnight, if no lights are seen we extend 30-60 minutes.
We drive back to Reykjavík (30-45 minutes).
Clothing: You need to be prepared to be standing still in sub-zero temperatures. Winter undergarments. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Thick winter coat and trousers (ski outfit maybe). Winter boots and thick woollen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens. Hand warmers.
Photography: We take pictures of everyone for free. We can assist with your camera but you need to know your controls and menu.
*Please note: The Northern Lights, can’t be guaranteed. Stargazing success depends on cloudiness and wind. Some planets depend on Earth’s position in relation to the Sun.
Northern lights photo tour
During the winter nights with weather permitting, we drive to beautiful Icelandic locations in South or West Iceland to hunt the Aurora Borealis. There is never any guarantee of seeing the Northern Lights, but we try our best.
A tour is normally 4 hours from pick you up, until drop off. The best chance to see the Northern Lights are from 20:00 to 03:00 hours at night. We plan in advance where the best conditions will be, such as Thingvellir national park with its interesting landscape and foreground. Plans could change if the weather conditions are not great and if possible we could try the next evening.
Small group Aurora hunt
This Northern Lights tour will include you in a hunt for the Aurora borealis. In the winter, the Northern lights, can be seen in the nights sky. These guides have a lot of experience predicting aurora conditions and will try hard to give you an incredible Northern Lights experience.
The Aurora can burn various colours depending on active solar events. Their appearance can’t be guaranteed. If Northern light conditions are not great, the tour is delayed until they improve.
Northern lights tour includes
Guide & light snacks.
You need to bring
Warm outdoor clothing, hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves.