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Northern Lights

Photography Adventures

Northern lights – Aurora Borealis

Standing under a Northern Lights display will give you a burning sensation in your stomach. Similar to being in love for the first time, a good Northern Lights experience is something you will never forget. Capturing the Northern lights in a photograph will take your relationship with Lady Aurora to a deeper level.

Evening tours from Reykjavik

Join one of these Northern Lights photo tours in South West Iceland when there is a very good chance of viewing the Northern Lights. The following tours use local knowledge, experience and aurora hunting technology. Their aim is to get you to great spots away from the city lights and away from the tour buses. They can help you with your photography and take pictures of you with the lights. Tripod rental is also possible – see the extra info for more details about this.

Please note:These small group tours only go out with good aurora possibilities, so bear in mind they may cancel when the bus tours will still go out. If the conditions are not good for the evening you booked, they will try to offer a tour the following evening, but this depends on availability. Sometimes conditions can be really good, but the aurora doesn’t appear. In this case they could offer a repeat tour, but there is no policy on this and again depends on availability. Some boast a 98% success rate. If conditions are not good for a tour, you will receive a full refund ASAP.

  • Northern Lights can never be guaranteed!!
  • The cancellation policies are in the “Extra info” tabs.

Northern lights photo tour

Landscape Photographer

A northern light hunt in the winter nights in Iceland with our photo guide Pall.

These photo tours are run by a local, pro photographer. Travel to beautiful and remote locations in South West Iceland. The locations are carefully planned to limit cloud cover and enhance photo opportunities. Although sometimes weather forecasts are wrong and plans have to be flexible to keep the chances of photographing the Northern lights high. Where possible, they will offer a tour the next evening if the evening you booked isn’t so good. Assistance with your photography at the locations and photos of you with the Northern Lights included. This tour is usually run in a large SUV, so the feel is more like a private tour.

  • 4 pax max

Please note: Tours need minimum 2 people to run.


What’s included?

Pick-up and drop-off at your chosen accommodation in the Reykjavik area or in south Iceland, a ride in a comfortable 4×4 truck and photo guidance on location.

Please note If the weather forecast turns out to be bad for Northern lights you will be contacted before 18:00 the same day, and we can reschedule if possible. I can not offer the same level of service as the big tour companies, but on the other hand it will be more relaxed and flexible. We deal with the weather when the time comes 🙂 it is constantly changing over here.

What do I need to bring?

You should bring warm clothes and wear good warm shoes or hiking boots, bring a flashlight or headlight, your camera with fully charged battery’s, enough memory cards and a sturdy tripod. Pall has 2 tripods (medium & small). These are free for customers to use.

Cancellation policy

 

Activity type: Day tour / activity
Duration: 4 hours
Booking in advance: Can be booked until last minute
Physical difficulty level: Very easy
Fee of 10% if booking is cancelled a day or less before event

Northern lights photo tour

Photographic experience

These photo tours are managed by our photo guide Bragi. They are run with pro photographers and small groups to ensure a great photographic experience with the Northern lights. Arctic shots will take you to personally scouted Iceland photo locations and are happy to take photos of you with the Aurora Borealis. If you want to capture the aurora, they will help you with your camera settings so you can get a great looking Northern Lights photo. The pro photographer guides might even try light painting, steel wool and Milky way photography.

  • 10 pax max

What’s included?

Pickup and Dropoff in the Reykjavik area. Warm drinks.

What do I need to bring?

Warm clothes.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100.0% is charged if cancelled 2 day(s) or less before the event
  • Cancellation fee of 70.0% is charged if cancelled 5 day(s) or less before the event
  • Cancellation fee of 30.0% is charged if cancelled 7 day(s) or less before the event
  • Cancellation fee of 0.0% is charged if cancelled 8 day(s) or less before the event
Activity type: Day tour / activity
Duration: 4 hours
Booking in advance: Can be booked until last minute
Physical difficulty level: Very easy

Experience Northern Lights in Iceland

Experience Northern Lights

Telescopes & Auroras

This Northern lights adventure takes you away from the city lights to where we expect the best Northern lights experience (according to cloud and Northern light forecasts). We try to take you away from other tourists to enjoy the Northern Lights uninterrupted. Waiting for the lights at our chosen location, we use our telescope to stargazing and look at the planets in the night sky. It is sometimes possible to observe moons far away.*

Probability of Catching the Northern Lights

Northern Lights rely on many factors so we can never guarantee them. To see them, 3 things need to be good: solar activity 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: check if your camera has a tripod mount?Hand Warmers: gives you hand warmth for 5 to 8 hours.


Tour Schedule

Around 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 areas of South West Iceland based on weather forecasts.
At location we test the skies and decide to wait or move.
While we wait, we gaze at stars through our powerful telescope.*
If the Northern lights do appear, we can take photos of you with the Northern Lights.
If you get cold, we serve hot chocolate and Icelandic Kleinur.
We stay out until midnight, if no lights are seen we extend 30-60 minutes.
We drive back to Reykjavík (30-45 minutes).

  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Small group: min pax 2, max pax 14
  • Iceland Locations: Our Northern lights location is decided by weather forecasts.
  • Included: Pick-up, guided tour, stargazing*, hot chocolate & donut, photos of you.
  • Clothing: You need to be prepared to be standing still in very cold temperatures. Winter underwear. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). 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 included. We can help with your camera but you need to know your controls and menu.

    *Note: The Northern Lights, can’t be guaranteed. Stargazing depends on clouds. Some planets depend on Earth’s position in relation to the Sun.

    Cancellation policy

    • Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled a day or less before event
    • Fee of 75% if booking is cancelled 3 days or less before event
    • Fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before event
    • Fee of 10% if booking is cancelled a year or less before event

    Northern lights photo tour[Designed as a back up if the tour above is fully booked]

    Ninety Percent

    These aurora tours are not run with pro photographers, but they have well trained staff who can hunt aurora and maybe help you with your photography a little and are happy to take photos of you with the Northern lights. They run small groups (max 14) to give you a fantastic Northern Lights Experience. They will only run the tours if the weather and aurora forecast are favourable. They claim a 90% success rate. They offer tripod rental and can help with your settings if you know your own camera. This would work for anyone keen to photograph the Northern Lights on their trip to Iceland, but who doesn’t need so much assistance.

    Locations are based on where the best aurora sightings are likely. The driver guides are locals with good knowledge of this part of Iceland.


    Duration: 3-5 hours Small Groups: min 2, max 14 Pick up time: October – March: 20.00 – 20.30, September & April: 21.00 – 21.30 Locations: Our final destinations are dictated by cloud cover (lack of it) and where auroras are most likely to be. Included: Pick-up, driver/guided tour, hot chocolate & doughnut, photos. Recommended clothing: Dress yourself to be standing outside in the cold for a long time. Icelanders dress to be windproof as most of the cold is from wind chill. Thermal undergarments. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Thick winter coat and trousers (ski outfit perhaps). Winter boots and thick woollen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens. Bring heat-pads if possible. Photography: We take photos of everyone included. We can help with settings on your camera but you need to be comfortable with your own camera settings and menu.

    Optional extras Rental tripod: check that your camera has a tripod mount option. Warmer pads: provide external warmth for 5 to 8 hours.

    *Please note: The Northern Lights, or their magnitude, can never be guaranteed.

    What’s included?

    Pick-up, home made hot chocolate and Kleina (local delicacy), photos of you with the lights, local English speaking guides.

    What do I need to bring?

    You should dress prepared to be standing outside in the cold for a long time. Recommended clothing: Woollen undergarments. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Thick wintercoat and trousers (ski outfit perhaps). Winter boots and thick woollen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens.

    Cancellation policy

    • Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled a day or less before event
    • Fee of 75% if booking is cancelled 3 days or less before event
    • Fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before event
    • Fee of 10% if booking is cancelled a year or less before event

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