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“Northern Lights”

Reykjavik Excursions Northern Lights Tour
Ranked #151 of 369 Tours in Reykjavik
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Owner description: The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic Arctic sky. The Northern lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. That creates this wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis.The locations visited are different every tour since we go where it’s most likely to see the Northern Lights each day. This tour is dependant on weather and sightings are not guaranteed. Refreshments not included.
Reviewed October 31, 2013

I wasn't really sure what to expect reading some reviews but our guides were helpful, friendly and full of information. We stopped at the side of the road for the first attempt of viewing the lights. We were able to see an arc of light (graded at a 1 out of a 4) but our guide said they would take us to another viewing point to see if we could see more. We travelled further into the countryside and were lucky enough to see the lights dancing (grade 3). They weren't quite as bright as I would have hoped but were still amazing to watch move around. Very magical experience. Wrap up warm as its a pretty chilling trip but the hot chocolate and doughnuts provided a welcome surprise.

5  Thank Tracgod
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

That's all I have to say! Wonderful experience! Very professional personel, took us to the right place and time.

4  Thank FlaviaGois
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

On the first night our guide didn't have a lot to say about the Aurora Borealis but preferred to compare it to fish. We were not told where to look except head to the huts in an over light church. the short walk in the dark where we had no torches was an experience. After getting really cold we returned to the coach and in the warm sore a hint of the Aurora Borealis. the coach was pointing in a different direction to where we told to stand without guides.

On the second night the Guide was energetic and funny and we had less light pollution and the guides actually showed us the direction to look and what to look for. We saw a bit more of the lights but nothing like the pictures.

We went with Reykjavík Excursions based on the second night I would go a gain, but the standard of service is so different that's why is a poor.

1  Thank 02040508BW
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Ok, I know that there's no promise of seeing the northern lights but it was a bit of a disappointment after travelling to Iceland for a 5 night stay and not seeing even a twinkle of northern lights! The 1st night was cancelled by the tour company because of the weather which was fair enough, it meant we could get an early night after travelling all day. The 2nd night we travelled in a full coach of around 70 people and went along the coast, under a long tunnel, up a dirt track for about 2 miles and stopped in the middle of nowhere with another coach load. We wondered into a field I think, with everybody else, about 140 people, and stood there in the dark and in the cold for 90 minutes, looking up at the sky which rapidly became clouded over. No lights, but we were told we could book again free of charge for another night. So, off we went the next night, this time we travelled for about an hour into the National Park and stopped in a nice spot by a large lake. The moon was out so it wasn't so dark but apart from some small bits of cloud it was a good clear night to see the lights. We stayed for another 120 minutes and the temperature dropped to -2%, Even the lake had ice on it! We were the only coach at this location this time so just 70 people, but still no lights. On the 4th night we went south and then back into the National Park. Although the sky was very cloudy the tour guide said they would try some different spots hoping that the cloud would break. We travelled for over 2.5 hours down some very dark small bumpy roads until the tour guide eventually decided that the cloud was not going to clear and the tour was abandoned. So another 1 hour drive back to the hotel. On our last night everything was in our favour. It was a very clear but cold night and we were taken again to the National Park, but to a different place in what seemed the middle of nowhere. We spent another 90 minutes standing in the cold looking up at the clear sky. Lots of stars but no lights! Do the Northern Light really exist in Iceland? or is it just a good tourism marketing tactic! Anyway, I must say even though we did not see any Northern Light (our main reason for going) we did have a great time in Iceland on the day trips and seeing some amazing things so don't be too put off. Next time I think we'll hire a car and go to find the lights by ourselves instead of being bundle in a coach that has very little leg room and another 68 people. The tour firm and guide did there best but it might be better still on your own so you can go where you want and when you want and stay for as long as you wanted.

2  Thank Cumbrianman
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We found this tour company to be 100% reliable and professional. We went on the southern adventure tour and the golden circle tour with them as well. It was breast cancer month and they were donating part of their turnover to research. I was travelling with my sister who is recovreing from breast cancer treatment so it was very meaningful. One of their buses was painted pink! We saw the lights although no colours - an ethereal experience. It was hard going as we only got back at 3am and had to get up for a tour at 7.30pm - but so worth it. We went to Iceland to see the lights but in the end it was just one of the many amazing sights. Make sure you book to go on the first night or check out the weather and leave free nights in case it is cloudy. The weather changes in minutes and the weather predictions were all wrong.

4  Thank Helen312659
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