Northern Lights & Hot Chocolate – Minibus Tour

Northern Lights & Hot Chocolate – Minibus Tour

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Information

Duration

4 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Sep - Mar

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Departures

Reykjavik

Languages

English

Days

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About Tour

Touring with friends and family is always rewarding. The fun doubles up when you spend time with your group, taking a dig into the amazing scenes of Iceland. If you want to have an experience that you can remember for life, join us for this thrilling Northern Lights minibus tour. The ever-amazing natural wonders are present in abundance in Iceland. Let us give you some details of the tour.

Enjoy the jaw-dropping wonders of the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. The phenomenon is caused by solar activities. The show of multiple lights looks ecstatic in the night sky. It almost seems like a natural musical concert with an overflow of disc lights. The amazing scenes are sure to captivate you with an almost god-like aura of life. So, let’s delve into the details.

Northern lights at Þingvellir National Park in Iceland

Itinerary of the Tour

The tour starts with the pick-up in a minibus. The travelers will be picked up from their hotel or bus stop for the hunt of a lifetime, Northern Lights hunting. See the northern lights dancing high up in the sky. The Northern Lights are one of the major attractions in the country. The locals and people who visit here from across the globe, love to experience Aurora Borealis. Seeing them dancing in the sky with colors of neon green, red, blue, or even purple is an experience that you will not forget. You will be under the starlit sky, gazing at the chunks of the galaxy.

The entire duration of the tour is four hours. This is highly suitable for those tourists who want to make the most of their time in Iceland. The tour gives you ample time to see various locations and have a great look at the beautiful Northern Lights.

Honeymoon in Iceland, watching the northern lights

This tour is ideal for anyone. There is no minimum age on the tour so it is perfect for families. You can bring along the children who will be amazed to see this natural phenomenon. This tour will also serve as an educational tour for your kids. Quite interestingly, we collaborate with experienced travel professionals who have successfully completed several tours with the globetrotters. For this tour as well, the tourists will get the company of an experienced tour guide, who will explain the phenomenon of Northern Lights. You will also be provided with interesting anecdotes about the different locales that you will be visiting. The adventurous tour also involves Wifi and Icelandic Music on board the minibus, so you can enjoy the entire journey from your accommodation till the stop where we watch Northern Lights. Just keep enjoying your favorite jingles and tunes while the natural phenomena will mesmerize you.

The attractive element of this picturesque tour with us remains the Hot Icelandic Chocolate. Yes! You heard it right. Since it is only possible to see the norther lights during winter, or from September to April, it might  be quite cold even during the evening. This tour involves delicious chocolate that tourists will be provided, as they take a look at the wondrous Aurora Lights, and will keep them warm. It is highly recommended to bring warm clothes, as the weather remains an uncertain factor in Iceland. You must also carry a camera to take beautiful pictures throughout the tour.

Honeymoon in Iceland, two people watching the northern lights in Iceland

Included

English Speaking Experience Northern Lights Guide & Expert

 Northern Lights hunt

 Small group experience

 Hot chocolate

 Pick up and drop off

 Wifi and Icelandic Music on board the Minibus

Attractions

 Every night is different when it comes to the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights Experts will find the best locations each night to watch the northern lights. 

What to bring

 Good shoes

Warm clothes – it gets cold during the night. 

 Camera (optional)

 Tripod (optional)

Good to know

  • Dress according to weather – it will get cold during the evening.
  • You will have plenty of time to take some photographs and you can count on assistance from your guide setting up your camera. 
  • Please note that the Northern Lights activity depends on natural activities. Therefor, we will confirm the departure of each tour at least 3 hours before departure, via email. It will depend on the forecast of the evening. This is to ensure not wasting your precious time in Iceland, if there is no chance to see the Aurora Borealis.
  • In case that you don’t see the Northern Lights, we are happy to take you on another “Northern Lights & Hot Chocolate Minibus Tour” free of charge.
  • Food and drinks other than refreshments are not included in the tour. 
  • Our team offer a special recipe of hot chocolate.
  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.
  • You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Pick up is available from hotels and designated bus stops in Reykjavik. You can choose your pick up location at the drop down menu at the time of booking. If you do not know your pick up location, you can send us an email with the correct pick up location. 

We ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour.

You will be picked up at 9pm. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 minutes. 

Please be ready at your pick up location at the pick up time. 

Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.

Check the booking engine to see if your accommodation is available for pick up. If not, find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:

If the tour gets cancelled due to weather or other similar circumstances, we will help you reschedule your tour for another departure, or you will receive a full refund.

If you are unfortunate enough to miss out on them on our tour, we offer you to rebook on to another evening. Details of how to rebook in case of no lights will be supplied by the guide. 

Free cancellation up to 1 day before the tour. If you cancel within 1 day notice, a 100% fee will be charged. 

However, we always ask you to cancel the tour as soon as possible so we can adjust the schedule for the day depending on how many people will be joining the tour. 

Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks on the tour. 

Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

 
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. This tour is listed as easy so if you do not feel uncomfortable with sitting in a minibus for the drive, this tour should be ideal for you.

The northern lights guide can help you with setting up your camera so you can capture the northern lights. 

You can also read the article about How to photograph the Northern Lights in Iceland to be more specific on how to capture the northern lights on a photo. 

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos.  But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.

Read more on this topic here. 

Our northern lights experts will be following the forecast all day to see if the northern lights are likely to show up or not. If the tour is cancelled, you will receive an email from us.

The northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. 

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.

The Northern Lights season is from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

If luck and weather are on your side, you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis from Reykjavik. However, the light pollution in Reykjavik will make the northern lights less visible so we always recommend that you travel out of the city to get the best views. Whether you can see the lights or not depend on two different factors. 1 – Weather – if the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the spectacular Northern Lights. 2 – Increased solar activity If these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik Read more on seeing the northern lights from Reykjavik here.

No, it’s not necessary but it will increase your chances of getting the best view of the lights. 

 

It can be hard to find where the northern lights are most likely to show up. The northern lights experts that will take you on the tours have years of experience when it comes to this. They will take you to the location where you are most likely to get the best possible view of the northern lights each night. 

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