Chase the Northern Lights from Reykjavik in Comfort of Jeep
Hunting for the Aurora Borealis through the Icelandic Countryside in a comfortable jeep with your family makes a perfect adventure trip. Iceland has always been a destination that is known for its majestic landscapes, natural panoramic views, huge floating icebergs in the glacier lagoon, and the mesmerizing diamond beach. But, chasing the northern lights has its charm and is indeed an experience of a lifetime. Located at the edge of the arctic circle, Iceland is one of the most preferred places to see the dancing lights.
Aurora Borealis: When Art Meets Science
The elusive and incredible sight of the Northern Lights is a perfect example of the coexistence of art and science. The solar winds from the sun strike against the magnetic field of the earth, which is exactly like a piece of flint touching the steel that in turn, leads to the formation of white and green ribbons all over the sky. The formation and the color changes and flutter through the skyline leaving behind a jaw-dropping picturesque view.
This tour is perfect for those who are keen to capture the Aurora Borealis, the world’s greatest natural wonder, in the most thrilling way possible. And what better than going on a super jeep, for an off the beaten path; driving you from the city to the darkened countryside. A Super Jeep is a perfect option that helps to cross the rough and rugged Icelandic terrain. Traveling past fields and extremely beautiful landscapes to catch a glimpse of the bright dancing lights in a jeep can be much more exciting than traveling on a bus. You will have access to places where a bus can not enter.
Get to Know About Aurora
Before you start your journey to see the dancing lights, it is always recommended to visit the Aurora Museum, Northern Lights Centre, which is a multimedia exhibition with interactive displays of the Northern Lights. You will get to know the insights about how people around the world have experienced the Northern lights, the details about how these phenomena occur. Not just this, you will be taught about adjusting your camera settings to capture the lights yourself. So, make the most out of your Iceland trip and mark this to your “Must Visit” list.
English Speaking Experienced Northern Lights Guide & Expert
Northern Lights Photos
Northern Lights hunt
Super Jeep Ride
Hot chocolate and refreshments
Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik
Free WiFi on board the Super Jeep
- 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
Warm clothes – it gets cold during the night.
Headwear & Glvoes
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.
- In case that you don’t see the Northern Lights on the tour, you can reschedule for free to the minibus Northern Lights Tour.
- As the success of the Northern Lights Explorer tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel departures until 18:15 on the day of the tour.
- Our team offer a special recipe of hot chocolate along with light refreshments to keep you warm.
- 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.
- For the Northern Lights adventure, pick up is at either 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) or 21:30 (9:30 p.m.), depending on the season. You’ll find the actual pickup time in the booking process and on your final voucher.
Please note that the duration of the tour is normally 4 hours but can vary in length depending on weather conditions on the evening.
Most frequent questions and answers
For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, 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.
For the Northern Lights adventure, pick up is at either 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) or 21:30 (9:30 p.m.), depending on the season. You’ll find the actual pickup time in the booking process and on your final voucher. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
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:
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
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.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
However, we have experienced northern lights experts that will spend all day checking up on the aurora forecast to see where they are most likely to show up and how likley it is that they will show up.
If we don’t think the northern lights are likely to show up, we will cancel the tour and you can get a full refund or reschedule for another evening.
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.
If you are unfortunate enough to miss out on them on our tour, we offer you to rebook the Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge on another evening of your trip.
Because of this, we recommend that you book the northern lights tour early on your trip to Iceland so you will be able to reschedule the tour if you don’t see the norhtern lights on your first attempt.
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
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. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, you will receive an email from us.
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.
Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.
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
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.