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Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

1. Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Embark on an evening trip to see the Aurora Borealis. Hear fascinating facts about them from your guides, visit the Aurora Museum, and search to see the lights firsthand. 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. 

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Photo Tour & Aurora Center Ticket

2. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Photo Tour & Aurora Center Ticket

Search for Northern Lights in the most picturesque locations around Reykjavik. Explore the Aurora Centre for an in-depth introduction to this unique phenomenon and learn how to best capture the lights with your camera from expertly trained guides. Begin the tour with an exclusive visit to the Aurora Center Reykjavik to receive a taste of what is to come later in the evening. With the help of interactive and informative displays, be introduced by your guides to the science, mythology, and history behind the lights.  Preset your cameras for the journey ahead and continue onward to the most exclusive locations for perfect Northern Lights photographs. The team will work hard during the day to find the perfect sites according to the weather data for that evening.  Through the tour, receive help and guidance when photographing the Northern Lights to make sure you won't miss a single moment to best capture the aurora lights. Additionally, your guide will also take pictures to share with the group.  Keep warm with hot chocolate and enjoy the stunning winter backdrop of the remarkable places along the trip during this unforgettable photography experience.  Benefit from a small group tour, with a maximum of 18 passengers, ensuring that you get an intimate experience and that your guide will have enough time to assist everyone.

Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

3. Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Reykjavik. Learn facts about the locations you visit, including sights such as the National Gallery of Iceland, Holavallagardur, Christ the King Cathedral, and more. To get started, simply download the tour app onto your phone and begin exploring Reykjavik at your own pace (download instructions received via email after booking). Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to start your tour wherever you prefer. Use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions throughout the city. As you explore, solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team or add in some extra fun by completing in groups. Use logic, imagination, observation, and problem-solving skills to make your way around the city. Along the way, choose to stop for a coffee, lunch, or take a break at any time. Stops along the tour include Hallgrimskirkja, the National Gallery of Iceland, The Culture House, Parliament House, Reykjavik Cathedral, Reykjavik City Hall, Holavallagardur, Christ the King Cathedral, Aurora Reykjavik, and Lake Tjornin.

Reykjavik: Aurora Reykjavik Entrance Ticket

4. Reykjavik: Aurora Reykjavik Entrance Ticket

Discover the Aurora Reykjavík’s Northern Lights Center and educational and inspirational center where the magical Northern Lights are always on display.  First, explore the exhibitions where you can read up on the aurora through stories and legends from around the world, learn about the science behind this amazing phenomenon and gaze at spectacular Northern Lights photography from top Icelandic photographers. Then, head over to the movie theater where you can watch a fantastic 4K time-lapse film of the Aurora Borealis. Projected onto a 7-meter-wide screen, you can sit back in bean bags or even lay down on a big wool rug as you enjoy this 30 minutes film. Marvel at the dazzling displays of auroral activity captured all over Iceland, accompanied by relaxing music.  Next, put on your virtual reality goggles to watch the world's first 360° movie of auroral displays captured at Iceland's most exciting places, such as on top of Langjökull glacier or at the edge of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods. Aurora Reykjavík is a great alternative if the Northern Lights are not visible during your stay in Iceland. It's also highly recommended to visit the Center to get set for your own Northern Lights adventure. A whole team of Northern Lights enthusiasts welcomes you every day from 9 AM to 9 PM, sharing expert tips about the best places to go and the forecast.  There is even a specially equipped photo booth where you can learn how to adjust your camera's settings should you want to try your hand at capturing an auroral display yourself. Before leaving, be sure to grab a free cup of coffee in the Northern Lights Center gift shop.

Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Aurora Museum Guided Tour

5. Reykjavik: Northern Lights & Aurora Museum Guided Tour

Chase the Northern Lights across frozen landscapes and witness this unique phenomenon. With your experienced guide, scout out the best sights and visit the Aurora Reykjavik Museum. Begin your tour at the fantastic Aurora Reykjavik Museum. There, get an introduction to the physics behind the Northern Lights, and how to best photograph them. Next, drive to the lava fields outside Reykjavik and visit Aurora Basecamp. This newly built Northern Lights Observatory is the perfect place to witness the lights. The observatory also hosts an indoor real-time simulation of the Northern Lights in one of its domes. After the visit to the Observatory, go on a further hunt into the darkness of rural Iceland.

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What people are saying about Aurora Reykjavík

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 1,933 reviews

Informative, enjoyable, breathtaking. These are a few words I could use but they don’t do the trip justice. Our guide was fantastic and a fountain of knowledge on almost everything we drove past. The drive was beautiful. Getting an opportunity to see some of the lush Icelandic landscapes was a must do for me in my time in Reykjavik and this trip left me very satisfied.

Wonderful trip , we did not see the Northern Lights but Daniel (Aurora whisper) he was great !! He tried so hard at the different spots to see them but it was to cloudy. He was so knowledgeable and explained everything, he even made a fire ! Great tour !

It was incredible! The tour guide Geryk was extremely knowledgeable! It was a long night, but so worth it in the end! The guide even provided us with Hit Chocolate and Chocolate too!! Amazing!

Gary the guide was excellent, full of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for The Northern Lights. He hunted down some wonderful Northern Lights.

everything was perfect! I recommend this tour 120%!!