My wife and I visited Iceland for our honeymoon in September 2012, and part of our trip was an excursion to see the Northern lights. We pre-booked our trip via Iceland air. The excursion was on a Saturday night from 10 pm and then on a Sunday if unsuccessful on first visit.
We got picked up from our hotel and driven to the bus terminal and boarded another coach. The coach was pleasant and modern with its own WiFi.
You have a guide who will explain the journey and facts regarding the northern lights. We were told there would be little chance tonight but it was clear and it was worth a look. You drive through Reykjavik then into the countryside, it is most enjoyable as you pass odd little towns on the way. We drove for an hour or so then the guide asked the bus to stop as he could see some light activity, we all got off the bus and to our delight the Northern lights were sweeping across the sky, strange green blobs of light, very unusual. The only problem was the the view was interrupted by car lights as we were still close to town. They lasted for around 15 mins before dying out, we searched in vain again for them at darker spots but they here hiding from view, it was still interesting as you could see the night sky on a clear Icelandic night.
You get a chance to stop off for a toilet break, we stopped in a strange town around 1am and used a local bar. It is interesting as you see the real Iceland.
We left the trip happy as we never expected to see them, we got back to the hotel around 2am.
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