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Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

From US$ 51.02 per person

Experience one of the world’s great natural phenomena on a 4-hour evening bus tour of Iceland. Depart the bright lights of Reykjavik to search for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Pick-up is between 8.30 pm and 9.00 pm if you have booked the tour at 8.30. Pick-up is between 9.30 pm and 10.00 pm if you have booked the tour at 9.30 pm. Pick-up is included at selected hotels and guesthouses as well as authorized bus stops in central Reykjavik


  • Seeing the light display of the Aurora Borealis
  • Escape the bright lights of Reykjavik for better views of the Northern Lights
  • Learn more about how and why the dancing lights occur
  • Free entrance to the Aurora Museum
Full description

Depart the bright lights of Reykjavík city center to see the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the “Northern Lights,” it is one of the most spectacular shows during the winter months. Head for wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. To get stunning views of the sky you will aim for areas with no artificial light.

Hear explanations of how the Aurora Borealis is caused as a result of the gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere colliding with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. The locations visited differ from day-to-day, but you will head in the direction with the most chance of seeing Mother Nature at work.

As the tour is weather dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed, you are also invited to join another Northern Lights tour free of charge if the lights don’t appear.  Explore Northern Lights in the Aurora Museum. The Northern Lights tour includes a complementary ticket to visit the museum in Reykjavik, Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík. 

  • Guided tour
  • Free entrance to the Aurora Museum Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    Meet at Tour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg (on Þórunnartún). The bus will collect you from this location within 30 minutes of the departure time.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • Seeing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed even though the tour is operated. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and as part of nature, uncontrollable. The local partner does not offer refunds for customers that have joined the tour but instead offers you the chance to reschedule for free on the next tour that is operated. If you are leaving Iceland before the next scheduled tour, the local partner will offer you an open ticket for the next 3 years for when you come back to Iceland.
    • Please note that this tour is not suitable for children younger than 8 years.
    • The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour, from the time it is announced whether the tour is on. The entrance fees to the Aurora Reykjavik exhibition are complementary meaning that if you do not wish to go to the museum, there is no partial refund.
    • Remember to dress warmly with multiple layers. You may spend long periods of time in cold winter conditions.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4 /5

    based on 1692 reviews

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    Good points: Guide was very nice and knowledgeable. He tried his very best for us to be informed. Coach was clean and good driver considering how late the tour was. I managed to get some sleep! Things to improve: -getting on the coach wasn’t organised at all. Maybe going forward, when you send out your tickets have them with a colour so when people are by the coach you call people by their colour (all the reds or all the blues). It was a nightmare having to stand there waiting to hear your name in the cold

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    November 28, 2021

    Our tour and guide Daniel was awesome. We had trouble finding the bus stop the first night so they said we can go the next night. We were so lucky to see the northern lights. The bus was very comfortable and he gave us all the background on the lights and how to set up the camera to take pictures. He even had hot chocolate for everyone. I suggest taking the later tour and it was November so it was cold you need to dress for the weather and then add a layer. I would definitely recommended this tour. Very friendly and flexible.

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    November 23, 2021

    They canceled it for two nights because of the weather and the low chance of seeing them. At the third time we were finally able to go! Daniel as a Travel Iceland guide, great. Also the bus driver. It was practically full but comfortable, although a bit cold inside and I think the toilet was not operational; ask before given the duration of the tour. They gave us hot chocolate to drink. We were very lucky to see the Aurora Borealis, which was magical and exciting; Daniel was very attentive to it happening, he denoted a lot of knowledge and love for what he does.

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    November 20, 2021

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