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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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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
  • See the northern lights without the distraction of bright city lights 
  • 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
  • See the northern lights without the distraction of bright city lights 
  • 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 +44 12 2492 8241
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
  • Traveller 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
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
  • Traveller 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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David S
20 contributions
Incredibly exciting to briefly see the northern lights!
Oct 2021
We chose a small group tour as we prefer a mini bus and fewer people getting on/off a big coach. So felt it was well worth a few extra ££, and not bad value.

We left Reykjavik at 8:30pm, the guide was very prompt and adhered to covid rules (masks/hand sanitiser) strictly which was reassuring.

The solar activity was quite high but the cloud cover wasn't great, so we drove out to Kleifarvatn (a lake south of the capital).

Initially I was sceptical about the need for a tour. Can't you just 'look up' and see them? After the 4hr experience I have a new-found respect for the complexity and subtle art required to chase the lights. It requires a lot of multi tasking (check the weather/solar forecast, driving, taking test photos, avoiding traffic, getting on/off the bus quickly, talking to the passengers - sometimes all at the same time!)

By 10 or 11pm it looked like we wouldn't get much of a show, apart from a few greenish photos between clouds. However our guide persisted working really hard to find to best spot and break in the weather.

Finally, a little before midnight (every quite cold and tired) we found a spot whether the clouds opened and for about 15-20mins we got an incredible show.

It was all worth it for the few photos I got, see attached!

Big credit to the guide who worked very hard to ensure we did miss this magical sight.

Anyone considering seeing the lights, I'd strongly recommend a similar tour, there's no guarantee but they certainly worked very hard to give us the best possible chance at witnessing the lights.

Thanks again :)
Written 22 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michael F
Ishoej, Denmark7 contributions
Amazing northern lights
Mar 2020
Makram is the perfect guide if you want to see the northern lights. He doesn't give up and drives around to find the right spots,explains what the phenomenon is and even tells you what app to download to take the best photos.
Makram is not only a pleasure to have as a guide but you also feel safe in his guidance
Written 12 March 2020
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John B
Bradley Stoke, UK4 contributions
3 hours in a car park.
Drove to a parking area with other minibuses and large coaches. Spent 3 hours sat in the bus waiting for something to show up and then went back to town.

Did not see the lights or go anywhere else on what was a clear night.

Next time I would check the forecast for the lights and jump on a cheap coach tour. Some buses went a lot earlier as I think they realised solar activity was low and let's face it, iceland at night is not that warm....

Hot chocolate was very welcome.
Written 6 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Go_to_joy_Team
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience with us, as the driver/guide explained on the tour that sometimes because of to much snow on the roads we cannot reach the areas we use to go, also sometimes the clouds cover push all tour operators to the same locations, sometimes we have to be with big coaches at same parking but with us you are always in a small group. The Northern lights is a mother nature we cannot controlled , unfortunately you wasn’t lucky enough to see them. Hot chocolate was a bonus and is not included on our tour. we still hope that you loved our country and you had a great time on your holiday. Best Regards.
Written 7 March 2020
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Ian K
6 contributions
We went twice!
Our guide, Makrem took us to a couple of locations, the second of which was the perfect backdrop to watch the lights. Weather conditions weren’t good with very strong winds and unfortunately the lights didn’t show. On the way back to Reykjavík they appeared and Makrem immediately pulled over to allow us to watch an amazing display of lights. It was such a magical experience, we booked again the following night and almost immediately the lights appeared. Makrem raced us safely between a couple of locations to get the best views, explained the reasons behind the Aurora and helped with photography. Pick up was on time and easy. What you see depends on conditions and luck and it can get bitingly cold but Go to Joy and particularly Makrem enhance the experience! Would do it all again for a third time if we could!
Written 4 March 2020
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Letizia
Birmingham, UK13 contributions
A dream come true
Mar 2020 • Couples
Seeing the Northern Lights was one of my dreams, and thanks to Makrem and the help of Mother Nature it finally came true.

The minibus gives you the opportunity to move easily and comfortably and is nice to appreciate the lights without a big crowd in front of you.

Pickup was easy and Makrem is funny and interesting.

5 stars. Definitely recommended.
Written 1 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Allure517
3 contributions
Great Experience
Feb 2020
The minibus has the capacity to go where large buses do not, making a wonderful experience to view nature and the beautiful night sky. Wonderful guide. Explained how the phenomenon happens and what we were looking at.
Written 23 February 2020
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Alicia Davies
Holmfirth, UK10 contributions
Northern Lights
We did the small group minibus trip and so glad we did. We were picked up from our hotel around 9.30pm by Makrem our guide.From the word go he explained everything to everyone on what to expect and the possibilities of seeing the Aurora Borealis, he also explained which camera and phone settings everyone needed to grab a photo of these amazing lights. You really need an iPhone 10 or above for the settings....you need the long exposure setting, there are app’s you can download before you go. He also explained what camera settings you needed also, if you have a tripod take it it’s worth it, your hands just aren’t steady enough to keep the phones or camera steady. We were lucky enough to faintly see the lights and Makrem took some great photos for everyone. We would definitely go with this company again and would recommend. One last thing......we had really warm walking gear on, I can’t tell you how cold it gets out there wrap up and then wrap up again. Great trip with a great guide. Would recommend.
Written 16 February 2020
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aliross1209
Glasgow, UK30 contributions
great trip
Feb 2020
Very good trip, we managed to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights due to cloud cover. our guide was very good with lots of knowledge of the Aurora Borealis and helped many people on the tour to set up their cameras.

I would say to anyone planning this trip is to take some warm clothes as it can go on quite late at night, also take some food and drinks with you as well.
Written 12 February 2020
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Kim Mc
9 contributions
Brilliant
Feb 2020 • Couples
Could not have wished for a better guide, ziggy was well informed and passed all his knowledge on to us, he was patient and so informative, explaining why the lights happen and how to photograph them, also taking all the group pictures many times, then sharing them with us after the trip via email. We were so lucky
Written 11 February 2020
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Farida
4 contributions
Amazing lights with great tour hosts
Feb 2020 • Friends
Makrem picked us up promptly from our stop and took us on a comfy mini bus. We were very fortunate to see the lights more or less as soon as we arrived. He was fantastic throughout, super informative and just really lovely. We only had our phones, but he showed us the app to use and helped everyone with their camera settings. He also had a professional camera and took pictures for 2000ISK per photo. We didn't have cash on us, but he was kind enough to meet us the next day to pick it up from us. Wonderful tour and really lovely people. Highly recommended - I'll definitely use them again!!!
Written 8 February 2020
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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
Okay but I feel that we were rushed. In my opinion, the time allocations for each locations are not properly allott
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Best of Iceland in one day
Staff is kind and helpful. A Free pick up from our accommodation was easily scheduled while booking on the app, the
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Great experience!
Our tour guide gave it 150% percent. She was fantastic! She was experienced, knowledgeable, generous, funny. And
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Laid back tour
Excellent tour laid back tour featuring 4 natural sites. Our guide picked us up from hotel in downtown Reykjavik.
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Pleasurable experience
My family and I had a great experience on the Golden Circle minibus tour. Our guide Maggi was knowledgeable, courte
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Great Trip With Conscientious GUide
We had a great time on our trip through the Golden Circle. The company facilitated us despite the fact we were the
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An experience we will never forget!
Today we did the tour with Makrem. Due to covid we were the only two on the tour. I really appreciated the fact the
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Fantastic tour guide!
Excellent experience on the minibus tour, would highly recommend. Guide Wally was affable and eager to share anecdo
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Best Golden Circle tour
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