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Art and science collide for an evening of hunting through the Icelandic countryside for an opportunity to spot the elusive Northern Lights. Many people come to our shores from all over the world every winter to see them.
What begins as solar winds from the sun striking against the magnetic field of our planet like a piece of flint touching steel quickly translates into ribbons of white and green, sometimes even red and purple that flutter through the sky like paper bags caught in the wind. Sometimes the effect is subtle, just a flicker of light against the dark whilst other times it can feel like a full orchestra, but no matter how the lights may present themselves they are always utterly captivating.
Join us on a northern light hunt experience and our experienced and enthusiastic guides will do their level best to hunt down the lights and create special memories for you. The night will be completed with interesting information, legend and stories about the phenomenon, topped with a special recipe of hot chocolate to stay warm.
Your tour ticket comes with a free ticket to the Aurora Museum Reykjavík. The exhibition is a great introduction to the science behind this phenomena and also provides valuable insight into the best methods to photograph this lights. You can visit the museum at any time on the day of your booking and we can even collect you from there for your tour.
For those nights where mother nature is not on our side, you will still be treated to a night sky full of stars and an ability to rebook and try another roll of the dice.
Your night of northern lights hunting begins with our fast and efficient pick up service. While the sun may set early in the Icelandic winter we won’t leave you waiting for long, all you need to do is let us know where you are staying or the nearest pick up point and we will handle the rest.
Our northern light tour comes with an extra bonus! When you book one of our tickets for the Northern Lights you are able to head over to the Aurora Reykjavik - Northern Lights Centre and gear yourself up for the lights with the assistance of their expert knowledge and state of the art display technology. We will make your evening extra smooth by picking you up from the museum for your tour. All you got to do is to get in touch with our customer support team and ask for the pick up.
The Aurora Museum is a true Northern Lights Centre is a multimedia exhibition offering interactive displays of the northern lights and an educational centre where you learn how different people and cultures around the world have lived and experienced the Northern lights. There is also a a specially equipped photo booth where you are taught how to just your camera settings when capturing the lights yourself.
When everyone is on board the bus we begin our hunt by driving out of all light pollution from the city to increase our chances of good viewings. Unlike other tours we run, the Northern Lights tours do not have a set number of stops or even a set location that you travel to. Prior to the evening, a team of Northern Light experts studies the aurora- and weather forecast. Based on expert knowledge and details from various weather mapping services, used to track activity, a direction and starting point for the hunt is set. Easy access, minimal cloud coverage and limited light pollution weigh heavily in the decision making.
While driving and searching for lights your enthusiastic guide shares with you information, facts and stories about the Northern Lights. When the right spot is found, the bus is parked and you have an opportunity to walk around, enjoy nature and wait for the show to begin (fingers crossed). There will be plenty of time to take pictures and if you need assistance setting up your camera for catching the lights, your guide will help you out.
Depending on the weather conditions you may stay in one location for the evening or move to several locations. You can be sure of the Bustravel team doing everything within it's power to enable you spotting the lights.
Northern Light hunting requires a lot of patience. The lights often take time to appear on the sky leaving it's admirers standing out in the cold for a long period of time. We encourage you to come well equipped with warm clothing. Your guide will also help you stay warm by offering a secret recipe of hot chocolate along with light refreshments.
Northern Lights are a part of unpredictable nature and are not always seen despite good forecast and conditions. In the unfortunate event that no lights appear in the evening you will be offered to rebook on to another evening. 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.
After the night has ended, you will be brought back to Reykjavik and returned to your drop off point where your Icelandic adventure can continue.
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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We couldn't see anything. Daniel our guide was the best. We 're coming back next year to try again
Me and my family took the northern lights bus tour and we enjoyed very much. The trour was rescheduled two times because of the storm and the bad conditions, and every time there was a change they write and ask you in case you prefer to cancel. The BusTravel agency is a great company, the pickup is always on time. Regarding the northern lights bus, they have another car that goes ahead and is looking for clear sky and lights, so the bus knows were to go. When we were out of the bus looking for the lights, they gave us hot chocolate. In case you don't see northern lights, they allow you to repeat the tour for free. I really recommend you this company because of its transparency, kindness, good guides, and in case you need any help or change, they answer your email very quickly so you can solve any problem you have. We 100% recommend using this company not only for this tour, but for all the tours in Iceland.
The tour was good - enjoyed the drive and the guide was fun. Sadly, the lights were low key that evening.
Patience is a virtue when wanting to see the Northern Lights. However having spoken to other people who were in search for the lights the same day and were unable to see them, our tour guide took us out to the coast and after about 3 hours we managed to get some truly amazing pictures. Worth the wait, but you really do need to be patient. I have to rate this 5 stars as others who had booked with other companies were unable to see them that day.
We had a great evening chasing the Northern Lights guided by Daniel AKA "The Aurora Whisperer", Although we did not manage to get sight of the lights, we hope to take advantage of the free re-book next time we come to Iceland. Daniel was full of useful information an explanation which meant that the trip was still enjoyable. He was also in contact with other tours to try and find clear skies. He also helped us set up our cameras to best capture the lights if they appeared. The bus was comfortable and warm. We had some hot chocolate and some Lava Rock Chocolate which all added to the experience. Highly Recommended. many Thanks.
A good organisation, very professionals guides.
First time the tour was booked for Monday evening but we only had several snow storms and strong winds. Maybe the place was not the best - there was a strong light in little distance, I know that was not enough for not seeing aurora but that light was annoying. Next day we waited till midday for the rebook of the tour and in the end we had to write to the customer support. One from our six in the group had to write repeatedly during all afternoon/evening and finally got the rebooking. Second evening was totally different - a fantastic experience. The guide, Daniel, was brilliant with tons of information, including stars and constellations. His radio voice was fantastic! ;)) He helped us in having very decent/profi pictures by using his iPhone and shared them afterwards. Many many thanks, Daniel!
Awesome !! We could see the northern lights and the show was soooo wonderful ! Thanks a lot !
Great tour. Our guide Emma was very knowledgeable of the Northern Lights and knew a lot of the science behind them. We where lucky enough to see them on our first stop and we where shown how to set up our phones and those who had cameras where given advice on what settings to use. I'm an amateur astronomer and I learned something new that night. Totally recommend this tour just bring plenty of warm clothing and if your using a mobile phone try and bring a tripod or stand for your phone as you need long exposure shots.
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