Northern Lights on Eyjafjallajokull
A magical night awaits you in the embrace of the northern lights on Eyjafjallajokull Glacial Volcano. The infamous volcano erupted in 2010 and has been a popular, but hard to reach destination ever since. The Northern Lights will welcome you through a night tour in a Super Jeep or SUV. You can enjoy the trip with someone special, admire it with friends or have fun with the family. The welcoming weather will make sure to enhance the experience as you get ready for a three hours tour to see the northern lights.
These three hours of your life will be worth every moment as you won’t get enough of the northern lights awaiting you in the heart of Iceland.
About Aurora Borealis
The northern lights, or polar lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is a magical yet natural phenomenon that takes place in the embrace of Iceland. It happens when electrically charged particles of the sun collide with the gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The magnetic poles give birth to the mesmerizing wonder.
Aurora Borealis comprises light rays, patches, arcs, and clouds. It almost seems like a multi-colored stream of clouds that expands across the open skies. The background of starry skies further enhances the charm of the color pallet which can range drastically from red to green, blue, and other shades. Red aurora borealis is a rarer sight but a possibility.
Iceland offers a fantastic destination due to the low pollution index and clear skies. The pristine atmosphere of Iceland is quite pure and would deliver one-of-a-kind experiences during the tour.
The Tour Itinerary
You would have to arrive at the designated location at least 30 minutes before the tour. However, you can also decide to have a pick-up and drop-off location set and arrive there 30 minutes earlier. Once you arrive at the base, you will receive a briefing and any equipment or gear that could be integral for the trip.
You will either get an SUV or Super Jeep, whichever is available and under the preference. The tour will begin at 9 PM as the entire phenomenon is prevalent around that time. You will be driven by the guide to the prime location and get to witness the natural spectacle.
Once you witness the northern lights, you can enjoy them for some time. Try to take a photo of them dancing above you or just enjoy being out in the nature watching this magical light show. Since you are up on Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, it is very unlikely that you will see anyone else close by. You will feel all alone with nature. There is no light pollution up on the glacier so the Northern Lights and the stars above you will shine bright.
After enjoying the northern lights for quite some time, you will return to the base in the same vehicle. Travel and return are included in the three hours long tour.
Don’t Miss Nature’s Light Show
This tour ensures that you get to witness the magical lights with clear weather and no obstacles. However, be sure to keep your schedule for the time slot clean in the corresponding days. Because if the weather doesn’t allow it on the day you have booked, you might get a change in the schedule a day later.
Each day offers a unique and colorful appearance in the skies. You might come across some of the best sightings in the area if you’re lucky.
English Speaking Experience Northern Lights Guide & Expert
Northern Lights hunt
Super Jeep Ride
Pick up and drop off in Hvolsvöllur & Hella area in South Iceland.
What to bring
Warm clothes – it gets cold during the night.
Waterproof jacket & pants
Headwear & gloves
Good to know
- You will have plenty of time to take some photographs and you can count on assistance from your guide setting up your camera.
- Food and drinks other than refreshments are not included in the tour.
- The meeting point for this tour is at Gljúfrabúi waterfall in south Iceland.
- Pick up from Hella & Hvolsvöllur is available.
- You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.
Please note that the duration of the tour is normally 3-4 hours but can vary in length depending on weather conditions on the evening.
Most frequent questions and answers
The meeting point for this tour is at Gljúfrabúi base – Road 249 in South Iceland.
Pick up is available from Hella & Hvolsvöllur.
We will help you rebook the tour or you will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event
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 rive, 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 Northern Lights in Iceland or Capturing the Northern Lights 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
We will let you know as soon as possible if the tour is cancelled because of weather.
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.
We have plenty of Northern Lights Tours that start from Reykjavik.
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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
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.