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Northern Lights Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavik provided by Go To Joy Iceland

Northern Lights Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Small-Group Minibus Tour from Reykjavik
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Tour snapshot
See the northern lights without the distraction of bright city lights 
Duration:
3–5 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
19
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    3–5 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    19
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Catching sight of the northern lights while in a populous area can be more difficult due to the bright city lights. Head out into the Icelandic countryside's darkness during this guided tour with round-trip transport from Reykjavik. Your guide finds the best spot for viewing the aurora borealis, giving you a better chance to view the light show than if setting out alone.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • A guide helps you find the perfect viewing spot during this northern lights tour
  • Enjoy hassle-free pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik 
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Northern Lights, seen in Iceland like no where else
What to expect
  • Your evening begins with pickup at your Reykjavik hotel by small car or minibus. From there, head out deep into the darkened countryside where your tour guide scouts the sky for the first signs of the aurora borealis. When your guide finds the best place for viewing the northern lights, you have plenty of opportunities to get out of the car to view and snap some photos of the dancing lights. Make sure to dress warmly and bring along a few extra layers since you stand outside to view the lights. Please note that although our guide takes you to a location with the best chance of viewing the northern lights, seeing them is not guaranteed. Your northern lights tour ends with a drop-off back in Reykjavik.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • A guide helps you find the perfect viewing spot during this northern lights tour
  • Enjoy hassle-free pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik 
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Northern Lights, seen in Iceland like no where else
What to expect
  • Your evening begins with pickup at your Reykjavik hotel by small car or minibus. From there, head out deep into the darkened countryside where your tour guide scouts the sky for the first signs of the aurora borealis. When your guide finds the best place for viewing the northern lights, you have plenty of opportunities to get out of the car to view and snap some photos of the dancing lights. Make sure to dress warmly and bring along a few extra layers since you stand outside to view the lights. Please note that although our guide takes you to a location with the best chance of viewing the northern lights, seeing them is not guaranteed. Your northern lights tour ends with a drop-off back in Reykjavik.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 48100P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • English-speaking Driver/Guide
  • Transport by minibus small-group tour max 19 passenger
  • Pickup and drop-off from your location in Reykjavik or nearest Tour Bus Stops
  • Free WI-FI with unlimited free browsing
  • We also pick up from the Cruise Ship Port in Reykjavik (tell us the port and the cruise ship name)
  • 3-hour tour searching for the Northern Lights
  • A lot of FUN
  • Luggage are not allowed, only back packs
Exclusions
  • Refreshments not included
  • Tripod not included
  • Warm Clothes, shoes, gloves, and hat not included
Duration
3–5 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • * Pickup is offered at all Reykjavik hotels, hostels and guesthouses, private homes. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest Tour Bus Stops. Your Hotel reception will help you find it. After receiving your pickup information, the local partner will notify you of your exact pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the departure time by email. * If you don’t add a pickup location Meet us at Bus stop 8 Hallgrimskirkja (Cathedral) * If you can´t find your address on the list, you can add it manually, and after we receive your pickup information, we will notify you of your pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the departure time. Please be 30 minutes before departure time at your pickup location.
  • Hallgrimskirkja, Hallgrímstorg 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland To know exactly when and where you will be picked up, please check your mailbox or junk mailbox 6-24 hours before the tour begin for our reconfirmation email
  • Ports:
  • Skarfabakki
  • Midbakki
  • Sundabakki
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If you are a Tour Agency please book with the email and mobile phone number of the traveler, so we can deliver addition information
  • To avoid any misunderstanding and negative reviews, we’d like to inform you that this tour is a very much weather depending and can be cancelled up to one hour before the departure time. In this event you will get a full refund if we can't reschedule your tour to another date. (Please note: This is not for the clients that had already joined the tour)
  • Seeing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed even though the tour is operated. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and as part of nature, unpredictable. We cannot guarantee how much you will see on the night you go. The supplier does not offer refunds for customers that have joined the tour
  • We send reconfirmation email about pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the tour begins. Please kindly check your email when you are in Iceland
  • Tour may be cancelled up to 1 hour before the tour starts due to unfavourable weather conditions
  • Please check your emails for any updates up to 1 hour before the tour start
  • Minimum age is 5 years, children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or no show
  • We are picking up more passengers, please be at your pickup location on time, the pickup can last up to 45 minutes
  • Tour can take sometimes longer then 3 hours due to Northern Lights appearance
  • Pickup is offered at all Reykjavik hotels, hostels and guesthouses, private homes but you might have to make your way to the nearest Tour Bus Stops. Your hotel reception will help you find it
  • Dress very warm for the weather, it is Iceland very cold nights
  • Tripod very necessary for phones and photo cameras if you have one bring it with you
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Go to joy Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients
  • Rebooking northern Lights tour due to bad weather cancellation to the 24-25-26-31 of December and first of January for additional cost difference due to Holidays prices
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We do not offer refunds, whether partial or full, for tours where a sighting was not possible.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
Inclusions
  • English-speaking Driver/Guide
  • Transport by minibus small-group tour max 19 passenger
  • Pickup and drop-off from your location in Reykjavik or nearest Tour Bus Stops
  • Free WI-FI with unlimited free browsing
  • We also pick up from the Cruise Ship Port in Reykjavik (tell us the port and the cruise ship name)
  • 3-hour tour searching for the Northern Lights
  • A lot of FUN
  • Luggage are not allowed, only back packs
Exclusions
  • Refreshments not included
  • Tripod not included
  • Warm Clothes, shoes, gloves, and hat not included
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • * Pickup is offered at all Reykjavik hotels, hostels and guesthouses, private homes. As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest Tour Bus Stops. Your Hotel reception will help you find it. After receiving your pickup information, the local partner will notify you of your exact pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the departure time by email. * If you don’t add a pickup location Meet us at Bus stop 8 Hallgrimskirkja (Cathedral) * If you can´t find your address on the list, you can add it manually, and after we receive your pickup information, we will notify you of your pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the departure time. Please be 30 minutes before departure time at your pickup location.
  • Hallgrimskirkja, Hallgrímstorg 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland To know exactly when and where you will be picked up, please check your mailbox or junk mailbox 6-24 hours before the tour begin for our reconfirmation email
  • Ports:
  • Skarfabakki
  • Midbakki
  • Sundabakki
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3–5 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If you are a Tour Agency please book with the email and mobile phone number of the traveler, so we can deliver addition information
  • To avoid any misunderstanding and negative reviews, we’d like to inform you that this tour is a very much weather depending and can be cancelled up to one hour before the departure time. In this event you will get a full refund if we can't reschedule your tour to another date. (Please note: This is not for the clients that had already joined the tour)
  • Seeing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed even though the tour is operated. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and as part of nature, unpredictable. We cannot guarantee how much you will see on the night you go. The supplier does not offer refunds for customers that have joined the tour
  • We send reconfirmation email about pick up time and location 6 to 24 hours before the tour begins. Please kindly check your email when you are in Iceland
  • Tour may be cancelled up to 1 hour before the tour starts due to unfavourable weather conditions
  • Please check your emails for any updates up to 1 hour before the tour start
  • Minimum age is 5 years, children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or no show
  • We are picking up more passengers, please be at your pickup location on time, the pickup can last up to 45 minutes
  • Tour can take sometimes longer then 3 hours due to Northern Lights appearance
  • Pickup is offered at all Reykjavik hotels, hostels and guesthouses, private homes but you might have to make your way to the nearest Tour Bus Stops. Your hotel reception will help you find it
  • Dress very warm for the weather, it is Iceland very cold nights
  • Tripod very necessary for phones and photo cameras if you have one bring it with you
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Go to joy Iceland reserves the right to delay, alter or cancel any tour due to weather or any other unsafe conditions for the safety of our clients
  • Rebooking northern Lights tour due to bad weather cancellation to the 24-25-26-31 of December and first of January for additional cost difference due to Holidays prices
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We do not offer refunds, whether partial or full, for tours where a sighting was not possible.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Hallgrimskirkja
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Go To Joy Iceland
    Stop: 3 hours
    Hunt of the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights Tour can take sometimes longer than 3 hours but no longer than 4 hours due to Northern Lights appearance.
    Read more
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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nellie
Swindon, UK102 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Very helpful company. Changed booking at very short notice. Guide was very knowledgeable, helped with camera/ phone settings.
Written January 5, 2022
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Shannon G
Glasgow, UK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Me, my mum and my sister came over from Scotland and went on the small Northen Lights Tour on the 23/12/2021 with tour guide Makrem. He was absolutely amazing! Waiting for the beautiful Aurora Borealis to show up is a waiting game but Makrem kept us entertained and was very helpful when it came to adjusting cameras and phones to get the perfect shot. Genuinely lots of fun and can't recommend Makrem enough!
Written January 1, 2022
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Kamgar
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Our guide was very cool, professional and experienced. He talk with each of us, talking jokes, teaching about aurora and took photos for us. Really reccomend.
Written December 21, 2021
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Austin K
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
This tour was nothing short of amazing. Magnus was a very knowledgeable tour guide and took pride in loving his job and sharing his beautiful country with others. The lights danced for us and put on a once in a life time show we will never forget. 10/10 would recommend!
Written December 21, 2021
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Peter S
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
We went 2 times with this amazing company and failed to see the lights twice. This is no reflection to our tour or tour guide as the northern lights is a natural phenomenon. Magnus our tour guide was excellent and did everything he physically could to try and get use to see the lights, so although we were unable to see the lights we truly appreciate all the effort he put in to help us attempt to find them. If we are ever back in Iceland we would nit hesitate to use this company again
Written December 14, 2021
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Sunny Gill
5 contributions
Dec 2021
Excellent trip. The host was one of the most accommodating people I've came across. Friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Took hit time to know everyone on the tour.

For all you who think the Northern Lights are simply dangling from the sky need to adjust expectations. Also, a camera will see more of what the eyes cannot.

Having said that, we managed to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights and some really cool photos. The host knew of various locations we could go to in order to see it. I was very impressed as there is so much to consider such as cloud coverage, fog, amongst other factors.

Highly recommend.
Written December 11, 2021
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Euan R
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
Magnus our tour guide was great. Very passionate about what he does. Magical experience won’t be forgotten. We spoke to a couple of other people who had been on other tours and their guides had given up after 10 minutes. With Magnus he knew where to go and we had seen the lights within 40 minutes of getting on the bus. We understand this is down to luck partially but his passion for his job defo helped. Would book over and over!
Written December 1, 2021
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Rob A
New York City, NY9 contributions
Nov 2021
TOTALLY RECOMMENDED, AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!

Our tour guide "Triple-M" is an experienced lights hunter and it showed-- after almost a week of cancelling tours nightly due to unfavorable weather conditions, the day we arrived in Iceland (Tue Nov 23) we booked this tour and they contacted us a while later to let us know the tour was on that same night!

After picking us up, Triple-M told us about all about his experience, he went brand-by-brand walking us thru how to set up our phones for a best shot at the aurora, and explained the importance of minding wind direction and the direction the clouds are moving in... so that even with the inevitable moonlight, he would pick a spot where he'd take us, and we arrived JUST IN TIME...

As we were close to his chosen spot, from inside the tour bus we could already see the lights forming in the horizon! We finally got there and jumped out of the bus to see the bright green lights fully formed, so he instantly set up his professional camera and started shooting! We all took pics with our phones, but the picture that is truly worth it is the one Triple-M took of us with the northern lights in the background...

20 minutes later the lights were gone, but we stayed another 1-2 hours just in case they popped up again, which they did not... and in those two hours we saw another 2-3 tour buses show up to NOT see the lights... we were the only ones that got there in time!!!

ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE... and it was easily 75% thanks to our tour guide... THANK YOU TRIPLE-M!!
Written November 28, 2021
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Reina
Seattle, WA1 contribution
Tour guide M&M provided excellent briefing about the northern lights and how to capture photos on iPhone camera, which was very helpful. And he was great at providing us heads up on what to look for. Overall it was a great experience.
Written November 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Caro182
Paris, France27 contributions
I booked a northern lights hunt with GoToJoy Iceland.
Unfortunately, the weather was bad that night so we couldn’t see any of the northern lights and I know it does depend on the weather and it’s something they can’t control.
So we decided to book another trial for free as it is planned in case the first one fails.
Unfortunately, this time the tour was cancelled before it even began because of the weather too.
As it was just before I got back to my country, I couldn’t reschedule this another time. So I asked them for a refund, and they offered me only 20% of the full price. But it’s clearly written that we will get a « full refund if we can’t reschedule your tour to another date ». I only asked for 50% refund as I got the « first trial » and they wouldn’t give it to me, answering me like sh*t.

I paid twice the price of the other tours of this kind (by the way, the « Northern lights bus » tour was awesome and the guide, Chiara, was amazing), and it was just terrible, with no sense of customer care.
A higher price doesn’t necessarily mean a better service and I learned this the hard way.

I strictly discourage you to take on this tour, all you’ll get is a hole in your bank account and a poor service.
Written November 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Go_to_joy_Team
Dear Caroline Prudence. Thank you for your feedback. We are Not Liars & thieves as you mentioned because our products can speak for it, here what it says in Northern Lights tour under section "additional information", To avoid any misunderstanding and negative reviews, we’d like to inform you that this tour is a very much weather depending and can be cancelled up to one hour before the departure time. In this event you will get a full refund if we can't reschedule your tour to another date. (Please note: This is not for the clients that had already joined the tour). In your case you mention to get refund after you already been ones on the tour, we and all companies that provide NL tours around the word have to change the policy to “You see the Northern lights or we guarantee your money back”, but this is not the case, and no company will offer you refund when you already enjoyed the tour, because there is no guarantee to see the northern light even the tour is operated, is just because this is a Natural phenomenon and is not in our control, and there is a lot of cost behind the tour to be operated. We do not offer second trial for free, but when you ask us for it, we accepted, we are doing our best and we do that often for our customers, so is this bad customer service? Our prices for Northern Lights Minibus tour up to 19 passengers is the cheapest in Reykjavik, please find the same tour cheaper and we will pay you the difference. We offered you 20% comprehensive refund, but you threatened us with negative review if you will not get minimum 50%, so we accepted negative review. We understand your anger and frustration but we hope you enjoyed your holiday in our beautiful country! Best regards; Go to joy Team.
Written January 6, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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DAVID, best tour guide!
Best tour in Iceland! We were picked up at our scheduled time by our tour guide David. (Who by the way, is fantast
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THE BEST TRIP I HAVE EVER DONE! SIMPLY SPECTACULAR
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Great experience for some amazing views!
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I want to come back
Ir was a wonderful day, amazing guide, and incredible tour. Super fun!. If you are think to go choose this tour!
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Just okay
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Best of Iceland in one day
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Great experience!
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Pleasurable experience
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Great Trip With Conscientious GUide
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An experience we will never forget!
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Fantastic tour guide!
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