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The northern lights are best described as one of nature ́s silent firework display. The dancing lights are one of the unique wonders of the world and Iceland is the leading northern lights destination. Being one of the regions in the world where the lights can be spotted the best, Iceland also offers very long viewing season (from end August to mid April), very little light pollution and unique nature to make the aurora show even more spectacular.
We at Bustravel Iceland offer you a northern lights hunting tour with extremely enthusiastic and professional guides and our Northern Lights Bus Deluxe adds an upgraded experience, with a variety of traditional Icelandic food to try and some warm chocolate and other beverages. A special northern lights team has done all the ground work before departure, maximising your chances of spotting the lights.
An entrance ticket to the Aurora Museum is included in the price as well as Icelandic refreshments that are served on the tour to keep you warm and entertained. Our Deluxe tour is without a doubt the tour to tick this beauty off your bucket list, with style.
Our evening tour will begin with our fast and efficient pick up service. We will come to pick you up from either one of the hotels in the centre of Reykjavik or from one of the many pick up spots dotted across the city. Once we have all of our guests our hunt for the Aurora Borealis hunt will begin!
The Aurora Borealis, known commonly as the Northern Lights, is a naturally occurring light display that is commonly seen in high latitude locations. These ethereal lights are formed when solar winds agitate the magnetic field of the earth, Ionising the particles and causing them to give off light which we see in the form of the wispy bands of colour across the night sky. The auroras can form in a variety of colours depending on the altitude of the particles when they become ionised.
Light pollution is the single biggest obstacle in our human ability to see the Northern Lights so we had straight out of the city. Within only 15 minuets drive from Reykjavík we are surrounded by unspoilt nature, zero light pollution and hopefully endless auroras to marvel at.
You will be joined by an experienced Northern Lights guide who will have plenty of information to share with you, both about the light themselves as well as some insight into Icelandic culture. Your guide, along with our office based northern lights team, will also have spent hours prior to the tour scanning over various weather maps looking for an ideal spot to head to for your viewing.
With a little bit of luck and the seventh sense for the northern lights, we will find an amazing spot to view the Aurora Borealis. Once at a feasible location you have a very good time to explore, set up your camera (with the assistance of your guide if needed) and admire the skies. As this tour also includes a professional photographer you will get the chance to get the perfect picture of yourself with the Northern Lights in the background to show to all your friends and family.
The northern lights display comes in various shapes and forms, colours and strengths, duration and intensity. This unique wonder of the world can blow our minds and challenge our patience, we just need to be prepared for everything.
To keep us entertained and fulfilled your guide will offer you some local refreshments that will both warm you up and to give you a taste of the Icelandic culture. Please remember to be well equipped to resist arctic winter conditions after dark.
Even though Iceland offers ideal conditions for northern lights spotting and Bustravel has great expertise in hunting down the lights, seeing the Aurora can never be 100% guaranteed.
If you are unfortunate enough to miss out on them on our tour, we offer you to rebook on to another evening free of charge. Details of how to rebook in case of no lights will be supplied by the guide. The offer for rebooking is valid for three years from the date of your tour departure.
At the end of the night, we'll bring you back to Reykjavik and you will be dropped off at your preferred location.
Please note that the duration of the tour is normally 3-4 hours but can vary in length depending on weather conditions on the evening.
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