Northern Lights Tours
Northern lights – Aurora Borealis evening tours
Northern lights cannot be viewed during Summer. Tours run 20th August – 15th April.
On offer is the chance to join one of our talented photo guides in South West Iceland when Aurora conditions are very good with at least 70% chance of viewing. We use local knowledge, experience and aurora hunting technology our aim is to get you to great spots away from the city lights and away from the tour buses.
We offer a quality tour with fellow photographers, with experienced driver/guides who are just as keen as you to get uninterrupted aurora shooting in the best possible locations. Our guides are experienced instructors with years of experience on Iceland photo workshops.
Designed for photographers by photographers… beginners welcome!
Duration and times
Tours will be 5-6 hours flexible and will only normally happen if there appears to be 70% or more chances of catching auroras… although you can negotiate with your guide. Tours normally leave around 20.00, but this needs to be discussed with your guide.
5% Early bird
discount automatically applies if you book 90 days ahead!!
Northern lights tour with a professional photographer guide.
Single tickets cover 1 person, twin tickets cover 2 people. Bookings with 4 or more will be private tours.
For more information, please see our Northern Lights FAQs.
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Alternative Northern Lights tours
Here is a list of Northern lights tours run by our partners.
Northern Lights Adventures
These 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. They will only run in very good conditions for Northern lights viewing.
Arranged in order of most expensive first.
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. We try to avoid places where there might be other buses so 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
We drive away from the city lights to where we expect the best Northern lights sightings according to cloud 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. We can 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. We only go out when Northern Light activity and cloud forecasts are good. Our viewing rate is 90%.
Optional extras Tripod Rental: does your camera have a tripod mount? Hand Warmers: gives you extra warmth for 5 to 8 hours.
*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.
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.
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.
Northern lights bus tours
Cheaper tours by minibus or coach.
Many of these tours offer a repeat tour for free if you don’t see Northern Lights, but they will run in less than perfect conditions.