Northern lights in a bus tour
COME SEARCH FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WITH US!
You are about to embark on a mission to see the Northern Lights, which are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful celestial displays found in nature. But up there, there are many other cosmic wonders waiting to be discovered. All you need to do is gaze skywards into the Arctic night canopy to explore the magic of countless stars and the moon itself.
The tour not only sets out to find the legendary Northern Lights, we also use the opportunity to pinpoint some of the stars & constellations in the sky.
Every guide brings along an astronomical binoculars for you to try out and will assist you in finding the most-known constellations and stars, and answer any questions you might have. Do you for example know where Jupiter is?
We depart from Reykjavík, where you will step on board our brand new bus fleet, equipped with computer tablets in each seat. The tablets provide us with an “In Bus Audio Guide’’ on the tour, which is available in 10 languages. On board you will find a USB charger and free WiFi. We will also offer useful tips on how best to capture the Northern Lights on camera.
There are a few factors that determine whether or not seeing the Aurora Borelis is possible, and we´re experts in reckoning our chances of seeing them. This means we have a high success rate, and we do not go out unless we feel the odds are in our favour.
All our northern lights tours are guided by one of our specially trained northern lights guides, they are both knowledgeable and helpful and will even give you tips on how to take photos of the show. We offer free use of camera tripods on all tours (a must to take northern lights photos).
To search for the Auroras you need to stand outside in the Icelandic winter and you need to dress very warmly. We are the only operator to offer extremely warm “Aurora Jackets” and ultra warm winter boots for rent on our tours.
DETAILS ON NORTHERN LIGHTS CLASSIC
Price & Availability: See booking window on right.
Teenagers 12-15 years: 50% Discount & children 0-11 years old free.
From 24 August to 15 October & 14 March to 15 April at 22:00.
From 16 October to 14 March, every day at 20:00 & 21:00.
Departures are highly dependant on weather.
Min: No minimum number of participants.
Age limit: No age limit
Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.
In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
Knowledgeable Northern Lights & Stars guide
Free use of astronomy binoculars on every tour
Free star map to learn about the sky above you, at that specific time in the year.
Learn the basics of Northern Lights photography on our smart tablets.
Free use of camera tripods, every tour has tripods that fit almost any camera or phone
Northern Lights Guarantee – see the lights or come again for free!
Free Wi-Fi and USB charger for each seat
In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages
Starting off in Reykjavik from our Reykjavik terminal at Skógarhlíð 10 we will head outside the city to get as far from light pollution as possible. The weather forecast plays a big influence on choosing the location, but we always try to get to the best possible sight with the best chances to view northern lights. The location can be anywhere from 30-60 minutes from Reykjavik
Once at the location we will stay for approximately 1.5-2hrs hunting the northern lights before returning back to Reykjavik. Depending on the forecast multiple locations may be chosen for searching for aurora.
The tour lasts around 3 hours, so we will return to Reykjavik around 2.5 hours after starting the tour.
The starting point for Reykjavik Sightseeing Tours. Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavik.
• Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher.
• If you have booked a hotel pickup with Smartbus, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.
Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.
You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.
Please note, it will not be possible to refund this tour in the event of an unsuccessful northern lights hunt. However, you may re-book the tour and continue coming back on subsequent tours until you have a night of successful northern lights.
In bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Finnish)
Knowledgeable Northern Lights guide
Free Wi-fi and usb charger in every seat
Free use of camera tripod (please note, we only have a few and many people come on the tours, if you own one please bring it)
Free use of astronomical telescope, for moon and stargazing
Complimentary star map
Photo memory of you and the northern lights (when aurora can be seen)
Instructions about how to set up your camera to capture northern lights and the night sky
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING
For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts.
For your comfort: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so be prepared for all weather conditions. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are recommended, especially since we will be outside at night.
FRIENDLY CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
1 day notice: 100% charge