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AH33  Northern Lights Mystery Tour 1 Sep 2013 -
15 Apr 2014

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  • Northern Lights in Iceland (Aurora Borealis) 

Experience the mysterious and beautiful Northern Lights in Iceland. Watch their swirling wild dance across the night sky in fantastic shapes and colors. 

Tour Description

The Northern Lights Mistery Tour takes you out of Reykjavik city to the best places to see Northern Lights and witness one of nature’s most spectacular displays.
 
When to see the Northern Lights
The season for Northern Lights in Iceland extends from the tail end of the summer from September through winter and well into April.

The best time to see Northern Lights is in the middle of winter when the weather is the coldest and when it is the darkest. Crisp cold evenings with skies clear enough to see stars is a prime indicator for auroral activity. 

Where to see the Northern Lights
Iceland lies under the „auroral oval“ which is an oval shaped region around the North Pole where Northern Lights are most frequently seen. In theory this means that Northern Lights are potentially visible from every place in Iceland.

In reality viewing conditions depend on many factors including geography, weather, the time of day and many more. Operating the Aurora for 25 years has tought us a thing or two about this elusive phenomenon and how to decide where each trip will lead us for the best possibilities to see the Northern Lights. 

Tour details

Operation
Additional departures: Daily at 21:00 from 1. September - 14. September 
Daily at 20:00 from 15. September - 31. March
Daily at 21:00 from 1. April - 15. April
 
Included
Bus
Guidance

Book online
Up to 120 minutes (2 hours) prior to departure with 5% online discount.
 

Guidance

English
Daily. 15 September - 15 April
 

We reserve the right to cancel this tour if weather conditions are not favorable for watching the Northen Lights. A decision is taken daily at 6 pm whether the Northern Lights tour will take place or not. All hotels and booking agents in Reykjavik are informed by email about our decision so please contact the front desk of your hotel or the Tour Desk at hotel Saga, Loftleidir Hotel and Hilton Hotel to find out whether we will be operating the Northern Lights tour. 

Please note:  We cannot guarantee sightings even if the Northern lights tour is operated. In these cases we offer our customers a second tour free of charge. Please book the second tour by calling our tour desk at 540 1313.
 
Please note: 
Those that join the Northern Lights Mystery tour on 31 December may miss the fireworks in Reykjavik. The Northern Lights tour is a 3 to 5 hour tour and we cannot guarantee that we will be back in Reykjavik before midnight. If you do not want to miss the fireworks, please do not book this tour for 31 December

 
 
 

Tour details

Days of week:
 
 
Departure times
20:00 / 21:00 in 1-15 April and 1-14 September
 
Free hotel pick-up service
Pick-up: 19:30 / 20:30 in 1-15 April and 1-14 September
 
Duration
3 - 5 hours
 
Travelling with children
Child (0 - 11): FREE
Youth (12 - 17): 50% off
 

Price: 5.400 ISK
Book online and receive a 5% online discount
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@Greywanderer wrote:
We did two trips on consecutive nights. The first was splendid - the second was brilliant. On the first night we were taken to a cafe several miles from Reykjavik where we didn't have long to relax and enjoy refreshments. By 10pm guides announced that the aurora was visible and we all rushed out into the freezing darkness to marvel at the spectacle. We were impressed - the guides less so. They ushered us into the buses and rushed us to a new location, along rumbling gravel tracks to a car park overlooking a mountain lake where, indeed, the show was much clearer. Clearly, the staff know their trade. After a while it was time to go home, but on the way the light show developed into something much more impressive, and a further, unscheduled stop was made. At this, the staff were satisfied that we had seen the lights properly. Up to this point, they told us, we would have been entitled to a further free tour - valid for two years - because the light show that had previously thrilled us was only just good enough. On the second night we went to the same cafe and had to wait much longer. We were on the point of leaving when the heavens burst into light and we were treated to the full works - shifting curtains of green, purple and red radiance. We had no need to move on. The guides were brilliant, explaining patiently, advising on photography and answering all questions. Our only grumble is about our fellow passengers. They were asked repeatedly NOT to use photo flash, yet there was so much flashing of cameras and flashlights that it was difficult to get our eyes properly accustomed to the darkness without moving well away from the main crowd. Meanwhile some of the staff were busy taking amazing photos of the lights - and guests - which now appear on the Gray Line web site. This trip was really good, and worth the money, but if you do decide to try it, please leave your flashlight in your pocket and make sure the flash on your camera is off, off, off.
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Taishi Yahara wrote:
Thank you to the professional guides! It was just 1st/Jan. I and my wife really enjoyed the northern lights.
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@Greywanderer wrote:
We did two trips on consecutive nights. The first was splendid - the second was brilliant. On the first night we were taken to a cafe several miles from Reykjavik where we didn't have long to relax and enjoy refreshments. By 10pm guides announced that the aurora was visible and we all rushed out into the freezing darkness to marvel at the spectacle. We were impressed - the guides less so. They ushered us into the buses and rushed us to a new location, along rumbling gravel tracks to a car park overlooking a mountain lake where, indeed, the show was much clearer. Clearly, the staff know their trade. After a while it was time to go home, but on the way the light show developed into something much more impressive, and a further, unscheduled stop was made. At this, the staff were satisfied that we had seen the lights properly. Up to this point, they told us, we would have been entitled to a further free tour - valid for two years - because the light show that had previously thrilled us was only just good enough. On the second night we went to the same cafe and had to wait much longer. We were on the point of leaving when the heavens burst into light and we were treated to the full works - shifting curtains of green, purple and red radiance. We had no need to move on. The guides were brilliant, explaining patiently, advising on photography and answering all questions. Our only grumble is about our fellow passengers. They were asked repeatedly NOT to use photo flash, yet there was so much flashing of cameras and flashlights that it was difficult to get our eyes properly accustomed to the darkness without moving well away from the main crowd. Meanwhile some of the staff were busy taking amazing photos of the lights - and guests - which now appear on the Gray Line web site. This trip was really good, and worth the money, but if you do decide to try it, please leave your flashlight in your pocket and make sure the flash on your camera is off, off, off.

Taishi Yahara wrote:
Thank you to the professional guides! It was just 1st/Jan. I and my wife really enjoyed the northern lights.

Stone wrote:
Took us to a great location to see the Aurora. Got lucky and saw the sky light up. Having cafe nearby was convenient if one wanted to warm up. Only complaint is that tour had 6-7 buses meaning there were a lot of people around which was only an issue when people were shining lights while people were trying to photograph the Aurora.

Jo and Ben wrote:
Fantastic! We were both very impressed with graylines. The northern lights took 7 nights to properly appear but it was well worth the wait. Each guide was different and made each trip feel different as the content that they spoke about varied. We even had songs sung by Gugga on our last night . Was lovely. Highly recommend this company. Thank you again to all the guides and drivers that took us out every night.

Liz S wrote:
This was the whole point of our trip to Iceland. I have always wanted to see this wonder and my husband surprised me and booked it last summer (he has seen the Northern Lights many times). The evening was overcast and we had to travel to a location to find clear skies. Micky and Sigi were our driver and guide and Sigi provided an informative commentary about the lights and the history surrounding them but also about the countryside we travelled through. It was early January and bitterly cold - wrap up well people! and extremely blustery (nearly knocked me over). It took a few hours but finally the lights came out to play not the vibrant greens but oh how they danced. A memory that I shall cherish.
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