The Northern Lights are a remarkable natural occurrence, with their swirling colors and forms in the dark arctic sky. This tour combines one of life’s most captivating experiences with a dip in a natural hot spring. So if aurora and hot springs piques your interest, accompany us on this wonderful tour.
Chasing the Northern Lights
A riot of hues in the dead of night, a stunning display of beauty, a magnificent memory to take home… Who hasn’t fantasized about becoming a part of nature’s magnificent performance in the Northern Sky?
Northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are created by cosmic rays, solar wind, and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere, according to science. But, after all, this explanation stands still when you get utterly enthralled by this breathtaking display of beauty. The pulsing hues – ranging from green to blue and even red or yellow — divide the night’s blackness and emit a dazzling light that is sometimes greater than the moon. The moving and changing forms form one of nature’s and the sky’s most spectacular displays. Iceland is one of the best destinations across the globe, to see this natural event.
We will go seeking this unpredictable and unusual phenomenon from September to April, when the sky is clear, far away from the city lights, seeking the greatest possible point of view. One of the benefits of our small-group Super Jeep trip is the ability to customize our schedule based on the region and activity of the northern lights. We recommend wearing warm clothing and shoes for this excursion, as well as bringing your camera and tripod.
Let your spirits run free and join our tour: the northern lights will undoubtedly be the highlight of your visit to Icelandic lands.
Note that the Northern Lights Tour is weather and sky-dependent. It is impossible to guarantee sightings. Every day, a choice is made about whether or not to run the tour. This is simply because we do not want to waist your time if we know that it is highly unlikely that we will see the Northern Lights.
A Tour to the Secret Lagoon
Throughout the years, the natural hot spring has been a part of Flúðir’s heritage, intending to maintain it natural and distinctive. A tranquil setting where you may immerse yourself in the real Icelandic experience. The pool is kept at a constant temperature of 38-40°C all year, making it a great spot to unwind. During the winter, the northern lights frequently appear above the Secret Lagoon, adding to the experience of being in the hot pool while watching the northern lights dance in the sky.
The lagoon is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes with various geothermal features, such as the Little Geysir, which erupts every 5 minutes to the delight of all tourists. It’s even more amazing when you’re drifting around the Secret Lagoon and see it erupt.
These beautiful locations make this tour worth taking. The complete duration of the tour is 6 hours, making it a short and wonderful experience.
What to bring
Warm clothes – it gets cold during the night.
Swimsuite & towel
Good to know
- The Northern Lights Tour is dependent of weather and sky conditions. Sightings can not be guaranteed. A decision is taken daily whether the tour will be operated or not. If you made a booking, we will contact you to let you know if the tour is postponed or cancelled due to bad weather, heavy clouds or low solar activity.
- You will have plenty of time to take some photographs and you can count on assistance from your guide setting up your camera.
- There is a minimum of 2 passengers for this tour.
- Food and drinks are not included in the tour.
- Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík.
- You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.
- Please note that the duration of the tour is normally around 6 hours but can vary in length depending on weather conditions on the evening.
Most frequent questions and answers
Pick up is from designated pick up locations in Reykjavik. You can find the pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
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.
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city center to pick up passengers. You can find the pick up optiosn in the drop down menu when booking.
Check the booking engine to see if your accommodation is available for pick up. If not, find the closest designated pick up location at busstop.is
This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers. If anyone else has booked at the same departure as you, it is no problem at all to be a solo traveler.
We will help you rebook the tour or you will receive a full refund.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before even
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 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.
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.
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.