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Northern Lights Photography from Reykjavik

Spirit of the Aurora

Hunt for the aurora borealis on a guided group tour from Reykjavik. Witness the unique starry sky with the flash of light cutting across the Icelandic landscape.

We meet at the Tour Bus Stops in downtown, and select hotels within Reykjavik or Reykjavik Cruiseship Port. Our group size can vary based on the season.

The journey will go outside of the city limits away from as much light pollution as possible, the northern lights are harder to see from Reykjavík. The end location is not pre-determined as it will depend on the cloud coverage and activity in the evening. The drive will be kept as short as possible and you might stop at several locations as the lights can be quite elusive. It is often a waiting game for this beautiful phenomenon, but it is always worth it.


As you search for the aurora borealis, your guide will set up their camera for photos of your group. Your tour guide will ensure everybody gets an opportunity for a photo. Curl up in warm blankets and enjoy a self-service selection of hot chocolate and snacks and enjoy some stargazing while we wait for the aurora to appear.

If our hunt is successful, we email photos using a drop box link within 7 days of your tour to the email provided with the booking.

THIS TOUR RUNS DEPENDENT ON WEATHER – every day we assess the situation and decide whether or not to run the tour. This decision is made by 5 PM, in the case of a canceled tour due to weather you will be notified at this time, and feel free to send us any questions to our email.
We started out as one guide wanting to share and give more. With growing demand, the team has grown and our team of adventure-loving guides will be with you on your tour with us. This is not a single-man operation, but a family of guides who believe in the vision David has for the industry.

What are the Northern Lights?

Normally the first question we get when we meet our fellow spectators is ‘What are the Northern Lights and what causes them?’ and our first response is normally:

“The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding.” (Aurora Center)

But the best explanation is from Finland. There it is believed that the lights were caused by a fox who ran so quickly that his tail caused sparks to fly into the night sky, creating the Northern Lights. Indeed, the Finnish word for the Northern Lights “revontulet” translates literally as “fire fox”. Not necessarily correct, but a good story, and you should never ruin a good story with the truth…

Note on pickup:
Pick up time August 25th – October 15th starts at 21.30
Pick up time October 16th – March 15th starts at 20.30
Pick up time March 16th – April 15th starts at 21.30

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Price from

14.900 ISK per person




  • Dark Icelandic Winter Night
  • Northern Lights
  • Star Bright Sky





Departure time



3-5 Hours


v Fully guided tour

v Free photographs with the Aurora

v Refreshments


  • The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and beyond our control. They are visible in Iceland from August through April but visibility is subject to Northern Lights activity and cloud coverage
  • We cannot guarantee sightings even if the tour is operated
  • If have no luck in seeing the northern lights, you are welcome to join another northern lights bus tour free of charge, contact our sales office for information.
  • Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancel the tour
  • Reservation is necessary

Meeting point: Free hotel pick up

We recommend you bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Gloves
  • Camera