Reykjavik: Northern Lights Small Group Minibus Tour

4.6 / 5

16 reviews

Activity provider: Go to joy Iceland

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Small Group Minibus Tour

Activity provider: Go to joy Iceland
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From US$ 79.79 per person

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For many, the possibility of seeing the northern lights is the reason for a visit to Iceland during the winter. The season, with its pure and crisp air, offers some of the best conditions for seeing stars and frequent sightings of the aurora borealis.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Pickup included
Pickup is offered from all Reykjavik hotels, hostels and guesthouses, and private homes. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik center, your pickup may be from the nearest bus stop. After receiving your pickup information, the local partner will notify you of your exact pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the departure time by email. If you do not require hotel pickup, you can meet the tour at Tour Bus Stop #8 Hallgrimskirkja (Cathedral). Please notify the local partner directly if you intend to use this option. Please be at your pickup location 30 minutes before departure time.


  • See the stunning Icelandic landscapes
  • Go hunting for the Northern Lights
  • Take the opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon
Full description

This 3-hour tour is perfect for those traveling in Iceland in the winter months and who want to see this celestial display. You will be picked up in Reykjavík in a cozy minibus to go hunting the spectacular Northern Lights.

Where you go depends on the weather, as you need both darkness and a clear sky to witness this rare natural phenomenon. Your expert guide will drive you away from the city lights and into the darkened countryside to a secluded location in the unspoiled Icelandic nature.

The minibus can reach places that the bigger buses cannot, making your experience both intimate and unique. 

You will travel past mountains and fields and get an incredible nighttime view of the country as your driver looks for signs of the Auroras. When they find the perfect spot, you can exit the minibus to see the grandeur of the lights with your naked eye. 

The Northern Lights are only visible in the northernmost countries and only during winter. You need to dress warmly as you will be standing in the middle of the Icelandic countryside in the dead of winter to see the dancing lights. 

This wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis, is caused by particles from solar winds disturbing the Earth’s magnetosphere. The lights usually appear green but can be pink, red, or white depending on their strength and the atmospheric conditions. 

  • Pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik or the closest bus stop (
  • Transportation in a minibus
  • 3-hour Northern Lights tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Audio guide
  • Free Wi-Fi and browsing
  • Warm clothes, shoes, gloves, or hat
  • Tripod
  • Refreshments
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Windbreaker
  • Rain gear
  • Tripod

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Food and drinks
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • There is a minimum age of 5 years old
  • Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and seeing them is not guaranteed
  • The supplier does not offer refunds to customers who have joined the tour
  • The tour may be canceled up to one hour before the departure time due to bad weather so please check your email for updates
  • The tour may be canceled if the minimum number of passengers is not met and if this occurs you will be offered a similar tour or an alternative date
  • You must be at your pick up location on time
  • Please dress in warm windproof clothing
  • Please note, if your tour is rebooked to December 24, 25, 26, 31, or January 1because of bad weather or cancellation, an additional holiday pricing cost will be charged.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 16 reviews

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A superb evening! After spending the first 6 nights observing the sky expecting to see an aurora borealis, we were more than happy to be aurora hunters! MM was a great guide, full of advice to be able to hunt them even! He exceeded the hours scheduled to make us dream, and offers the photo option with the aurora borealis! A really great trip! Thank you

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March 15, 2022

Stay in February 2022. Pick up at the agreed time and clear meeting place. The guide gave us information about the northern lights and how to adjust the cameras. We left for an hour's drive in the blizzard then the guide stopped us, the auroras appeared very light (whiteout) for about an hour. The photos bring out the green color.

February 13, 2022

Without a guide we would never have seen the Northern Lights! Competent and experienced the driver of our mini bus took us to areas away from light and gave the information necessary to capture images with the camera. We changed positions twice before finding the perfect square where we were also told where to focus our goals. Exciting adventure! I recommend it to everyone!

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January 5, 2020

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