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Northern lights tours in Iceland

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. Northern Lights in Iceland are visible during the winter months, from late August to April.

The locations visited during the Northern Lights tour vary from day to day depending on weather conditions. Because this tour is weather dependent, sightings are not guaranteed.  

Tours can start from several locations


 Dance with Aurora

Dance with Aurora

The forecast was poor for seeing the lights about 1-2 activity rating, the tour guide explained this to us, but was hopeful because it was such a lovely clear night and we could see thousands of stars. The tour guide Jon tolds us lots of things about Iceland and folklore surrounding the northern lights. Anyway, we stopped a few times, and Jon checked the skyline for activity and then suddenly we saw the most magical sight. We stood outside the minibus for half an hour simply mesmerised
— Helen ★★★★★

See a video with Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Example: How Can A iceland Aurora Tour vacation be Organized

The Aurora Borealis tours can be combined with many other daytours or roundtrips and your vacation can last last one day or one week (or more) 

The amazing light show appears at night, and a tour is typically like this.

The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis can be visible on a clear winter night and will light up the sky with green colour, often with touches of pink around the edges and occasionally a deep violet centre. This often dramatic display is caused by the collision of charged particles from the sun with the Earth's magnetic field. We will drive into the countryside well away from the city lights in search of the Aurora Borealis.  The route we take may depend on the weather and road conditions each time.

Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.