Private Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
To maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights take this two-day Super Jeep tour into the Icelandic countryside and stay overnight at a hotel far from the city lights of Reykjavik. We have two itineraries so we can choose the part of Iceland that has the best weather forecast and thereby maximize your chances of seeing the Auroras (Northern Lights) in a short stay in Iceland.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and dependant upon weather and solar activity – so sightings can never be guaranteed.
In a nutshell, [our driver guide’s] expertise transformed what would have been impressive sights of rugged landscape, history, geology and even politics, into experiences never to be forgotten! Our photographs are disappointing because good as they are, they fail to convey the feelings stimulated by the things we saw and did and the discussions we so thoroughly enjoyed. So although we didn’t see the northern lights (too much cloud cover brought on by the rain gods) what we did experience far made up for that. -Ruth and Harvey Maibor.
We explore the sights during the day and place ourselves in the best place for the auroras at night, far away from the city lights to see the auroras.
For your safety Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours due to weather, road and snow conditions.
Itinerary for the Northern Lights evening tour
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.
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 auroral 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. Away from the glow of the city, we hunt for the elusive Northern Lights but please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Here are couple of helpful links:
Here you can see the cloud cover and aurora forecast for Iceland a couple of days ahead:
Here you can see how the NOAA agency estimates the current aurora levels:
Iceland is on center right, just above the red circle marked ‚60‘ and remember that Earth rotates.
This is the information we use to estimate whether we go or not on a particular night – but please note:
Both are predictions and estimates, not facts – and beyond our control, as the weather.
Tour Highlights Aurora Borealis
The Northern Lights
– See the amazing Aurora Borealis with your own eyes
– Note: Sightings cannot be guaranteed, but we do our very best
Make the most of your days
– Visit some of Iceland’s highlights along the way
– Chat with the driver guide and get to know Iceland
– Wherever we do go, we include some great off-road tracks to enjoy in the Super Jeep
What to bring and other helpful details
Warm wind & wet proof clothes
Warm sweater (fleece or wool)
Good shoes (preferably hiking boots)
Comfortable evening wear
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 389800
Available: Sept. 20 – March 20
Max: 5 clients per Super-Jeep*
*Larger Super-Truck available for larger groups and families
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Private super-jeep & driverguide
Accommodation for 1 night
Extending the tour for 1 or more nights
Book Tour: info@NatureExplorer.is
For your safety, Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours according to weather and snow conditions