Super Jeep Evening Tour from Reykjavik
The Northern Lights exist in the outmost layer of the atmosphere. They are created by electrically charged particles that make the thin air shine, not unlike a fluorescent light. They can be seen in aurora belts that forms 20-25 degrees around the geomagnetic poles, both the north and the south. The Northern Lights are also called Aurora Borealis. Named after the Roman Goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. They are one of the most spectacular shows on this earth and can frequently be seen in Iceland from September through March on clear and crisp nights.
Itineary Northern Lights Super Jeep Evening Tour from Reykjavik
Every day we check the cloud cover forecast to estimate if there is a chance to see the Northern Lights that particular evening. There is no fixed itinerary. What decides where we go is the cloud cover and darkness; we need clear skies and as much darkness as possible.
If weather allows, we head out early evening, away from the glow of the city, following the best weather and hunt for the elusive Northern Lights. If the weather is not favorable for aurora viewing, we postpone to the next night – and so forth. If we go and you don’t see the auroras, you get a free tour the next night. We there recommend you book the tour for your first night in Reykjavik so you have the other nights as back up.
Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings can never be guaranteed. Also note that while on our super-jeep day tours we have a maximum of 6 passengers, on the Northern Lights tours the size of the group may grow, for example if we have had to cancel a few nights in a row due to weather. The northern lights evening tour is done in co-operation with another super-jeep tour operator.
Highlights for Northern Lights Super Jeep Evening Tour from Reykjavik
Thingvellir National Park
– Old Viking parliament (‘Alþingi’)
– Tectonic plate boundaries
– UNESCO World Heritage Site
The original Geyser which all geysers are named after
The geyser Strokkur
Langjokull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier
Optional: Snowmobile tour on the glacier
Fun off-road adventure
Driving on a glacierDriving through a river
FAQ for Northern Lights Super Jeep Evening Tour from Reykjavik
Q: Do we need to bring lunch or is there a place to stop on the way?
A: There are cafés and bistros at Geysir and Gullfoss where we stop for lunch and for afternoon coffee – so, no you don’t have to bring anything.
Q: Is there blue ice on the glacier?
A: The glacier looks different between seasons and even from day to day. In winter the glacier is a vast snowy wilderness and you will most likely not see any blue ice as it is all covered by snow. In summer, the snow melts on the lower parts of the glacier and exposes the blue ice.
(Fun Fact: The ice isn’t really blue; it appears blue because the way it reflects light)
Q: How far up on the glacier do we go?
A: This depends upon the snow conditions and weather. Sometimes the snow is hard and compresses so we can easily cruise high up on the glacier. Other times the snow is more challenging and we stay on the lower parts.
In summer and early fall, lower part of the glacier is very icy and crevassed so it’s not safe to go far up on the glacier and we therefore stay close to the edge.
Safety is always the first priority and we are not taking any chances or risks.
Do you have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@NatureExplorer.is
“Super Jeep is the way to travel Iceland !!!”
Excellent experience all around, we received an amazing tour of some of the countries key sites (to include the Northern Lights). The Super Jeep does make a big difference when it came to traveling to some of the tough to reach spots and was great because there weren’t a bus load of people to take away from the experience. I will recommend Iceland and Nature Explorer Tours to all my friends.
– Reviewed on Tripadvisor December 5, 2014 by CLC226, NY
To book a tour, please send us an email to info@NatureExplorer.is with which tour(s) and options you wish to book, on which dates and for how many people and we will calculate the total cost, send you a booking number and a link to our secure booking page.
Price: ISK 19900 per person
Available: Sept 20 – March 20
Min: 2 people
Duration: 3 – 4 hours
Departures: Daily at 20:30
Free hotel pick up in Reykjavik 20 – 30 min. before
50% discount for children 0-11 years old
Optional: You can book the Northern Lights Evening Tour as a private tour for ISK 79800 total
Book Tour: info@NatureExplorer.is
For your safety, Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours according to weather and snow conditions