Art and science collide for an evening of hunting through the Icelandic countryside for an opportunity to spot the elusive Northern Lights. Many people come to our shores from all over the world every winter to see them.
What begins as solar winds from the sun striking against the magnetic field of our planet like a piece of flint touching steel quickly translates into ribbons of white and green, sometimes even red and purple that flutter through the sky like paper bags caught in the wind. Sometimes the effect is subtle, just a flicker of light against the dark whilst other times it can feel like a full orchestra, but no matter how the lights may present themselves they are always utterly captivating.
Join us on a northern light hunt experience and our experienced and enthusiastic guides will do their level best to hunt down the lights and create special memories for you. The night will be completed with interesting information, legend and stories about the phenomenon, topped with a special recipe of hot chocolate to stay warm.
Your tour ticket comes with a free ticket to the Aurora Museum Reykjavík. The exhibition is a great introduction to the science behind this phenomena and also provides valuable insight into the best methods to photograph this lights. You can visit the museum at any time on the day of your booking and we can even collect you from there for your tour.
For those nights where mother nature is not on our side, you will still be treated to a night sky full of stars and an ability to rebook and try another roll of the dice.
Your night of northern lights hunting begins with our fast and efficient pick up service. While the sun may set early in the Icelandic winter we won’t leave you waiting for long, all you need to do is let us know where you are staying or the nearest pick up point and we will handle the rest.
Our northern light tour comes with an extra bonus! When you book one of our tickets for the Northern Lights you are able to head over to the Aurora Reykjavik - Northern Lights Centre and gear yourself up for the lights with the assistance of their expert knowledge and state of the art display technology. We will make your evening extra smooth by picking you up from the museum for your tour. All you got to do is to get in touch with our customer support team and ask for the pick up.
The Aurora Museum is a true Northern Lights Centre is a multimedia exhibition offering interactive displays of the northern lights and an educational centre where you learn how different people and cultures around the world have lived and experienced the Northern lights. There is also a a specially equipped photo booth where you are taught how to just your camera settings when capturing the lights yourself.
When everyone is on board the bus we begin our hunt by driving out of all light pollution from the city to increase our chances of good viewings. Unlike other tours we run, the Northern Lights tours do not have a set number of stops or even a set location that you travel to. Prior to the evening, a team of Northern Light experts studies the aurora- and weather forecast. Based on expert knowledge and details from various weather mapping services, used to track activity, a direction and starting point for the hunt is set. Easy access, minimal cloud coverage and limited light pollution weigh heavily in the decision making.
While driving and searching for lights your enthusiastic guide shares with you information, facts and stories about the Northern Lights. When the right spot is found, the bus is parked and you have an opportunity to walk around, enjoy nature and wait for the show to begin (fingers crossed). There will be plenty of time to take pictures and if you need assistance setting up your camera for catching the lights, your guide will help you out.
Depending on the weather conditions you may stay in one location for the evening or move to several locations. You can be sure of the Bustravel team doing everything within it's power to enable you spotting the lights.
Northern Light hunting requires a lot of patience. The lights often take time to appear on the sky leaving it's admirers standing out in the cold for a long period of time. We encourage you to come well equipped with warm clothing. Your guide will also help you stay warm by offering a secret recipe of hot chocolate along with light refreshments.
Northern Lights are a part of unpredictable nature and are not always seen despite good forecast and conditions. In the unfortunate event that no lights appear in the evening you will be offered to rebook on to another evening. Details of how to rebook in case of no lights will be supplied by the guide. The offer for rebooking is valid for three years from the date of your tour departure.
After the night has ended, you will be brought back to Reykjavik and returned to your drop off point where your Icelandic adventure can continue.
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.
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