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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik provided by BusTravel Iceland

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Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

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The northern lights are famously tricky to see, so increase your chances by booking this tour from Reykjavik led by an experienced aurora hunter. Leave nighttime driving to the experts and travel outside the city, away from light pollution, to a location specially selected for its optimal aurora-viewing qualities. Avoid disappointment with the knowledge that if you don't see the lights, you can join the tour another night for free.
You'll start at
Þórunnartún 1
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    Aurora Reykjavik
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis in the Northern Hemisphere, are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. The locations visited are different from day to day as we head in the direction with the most chances of seeing Northern Lights. As this tour is weather dependent and sightings are not guaranteed you are welcome to join another Northern Lights tour free of charge. Booking this Northern Lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik, Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour, from the time we announce whether the tour is ON (by email and on our website). The entrance fees to the Aurora Reykjavik exhibition are complementary meaning that if you do not wish to go to the museum, there is no partial refund. Join us for a night of adventure and wonder in the Icelandic countryside! Be sure to be dressed up accordingly: warm, wind and waterproof clothing and footwear.
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You'll end at
Þórunnartún 1
Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík, IcelandTour Bus Stop 12, Höfðatorg, Þórunnartún 1 (64.144389,-21.910327)
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  • Aurora hunter-guide takes you to the best location for northern lights viewing
  • Take a free second tour if you don't see the lights
  • Warm up with hot drinks while waiting
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik included
What to Expect
After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel or other designated departure point at the prearranged time, meet your guide and settle into the vehicle for the journey out of the city and into the countryside. Your exact destination depends upon the conditions and the informed decisions of your aurora hunter-guide, who takes you to where their experience tells them you have the best chance of seeing the lights. Enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate as you wait for the aurora to make its appearance. With luck, the lights will soon appear to dance across the sky in colors of green, pink, and violet. Your guide can take souvenir photos for you to capture the moment (additional cost). If, however, the lights do not appear, join the tour again on another night at no additional cost. Afterward, the tour returns to drop you off at your original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland
3–4 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Aurora Reykjavik
  • Dinner
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years old
  • Booking this Northern Lights tour also gives you a free ticket to visit the Aurora Museum in Reykjavik, Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík. The free entrance is only valid on the day you join the tour, from the time we announce whether the tour is ON (by email and on our website). The entrance fees to the Aurora Reykjavik exhibition are complementary meaning that if you do not wish to go to the museum, there is no partial refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Marc T wrote a review Mar 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom11 contributions8 helpful votes
I have been to Iceland before & have seen the Northern Lights, so coming back I was really excited to bring my girlfriend & go on a Northern Lights excursion. We were told to be there at 8:30, so we arrived at 8:30 and we were stood freezing cold at the bus stop until 9:10. We
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Response from Bustravel-Iceland, Guest Relations Manager at Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are sorry you did not enjoy your Northern Lights tour. We go to the best location to see the Northern Lights, and so sadly there is not always an option to take passengers somewhere where there might also be a waterfall. Although these tours are at night and in the winter we do try and take passengers to interesting locations where we can tell you about the history and folklore etc. Unfortunately during the night it is not possible to see extensive scenery, due to the darkness. We are sorry you did not enjoy the traditional Icelandic snacks offered on your tour. Whilst fermented shark is not for everyone the feedback we receive from our guests is that they enjoy the opportunity to experience a truly Icelandic cultural delicacy. We also provide hot chocolate and candy which you did not mention in your review. We go above and beyond on our Northern Lights hunts to make these tours an experience. We offer expert guides, stories, information, advice on setting up cameras as well as blankets and traditional Icelandic snacks. We want all our guests to enjoy their time in our beautiful country. We care deeply about the experience, so we are surprised to hear you did not enjoy it. We would like to investigate further and encourage you to send us a direct message so we can improve our services.
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Anabel wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions
We had a lovely tour with Alexander (tour guide) and Linax (bus driver) and we could catch the northern lights some km to the north of Reykjavik despite of the low chances shown by the forecast. So it was a really nice surprise for us. The organization was super and our guide
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Date of experience: March 2020
Happy people wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions
Brilliant trip Daniel the courier was so helpful and knowledgeable he even lit a fire. He would help individuals with their cameras which was so helpful
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Date of experience: March 2020
c0nn0rstr0ng wrote a review Mar 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom2 contributions
We did this tour on the 2rd March 2020. 1st I want say Charia was a absolutely brilliant tour guide. She was extremely informative and really gave her passion about the lights to the whole bus. While we was driving to the destination it started snowing pretty badly but her
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Spscho wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Unfortunately we didn't see the lights, despite weather conditions being perfect. Can't hold that against the company though and for their part the staff were jovial and entertaining. The tour guide Palli regaled us with Icelandic history, myths, and ghost stories, and the tour
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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