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Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

1. Iceland: Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Embark on an evening trip to see the Aurora Borealis. Hear fascinating facts about them from your guides, visit the Aurora Museum, and search to see the lights firsthand. Depart the bright lights of Reykjavík city center to see the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the “Northern Lights,” it is one of the most spectacular shows during winter months. Head for wherever meteorologists have predicted the lights will be at their best. To get stunning views of the sky you will aim for areas with no artificial light. Hear explanations of how the Aurora Borealis is caused as a result of the gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere colliding with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Benefit from an itinerary that includes stops for you to go outside and take photographs. The locations visited differ from day to day, but you will head in the direction with the most chance of seeing Mother Nature at work. As the tour is weather-dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed, you are also invited to join another Northern Lights tour free of charge if the lights don’t appear.  Explore the Northern Lights in the Aurora Museum. The Northern Lights tour includes a complimentary ticket for a self-guided visit to the museum in Reykjavik, valid on the day you join the tour, from the time you receive confirmation that the tour is on.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

See a less-visited part of Iceland with a day tour from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar and Hjálparafoss. See a stunning double-pronged waterfall, hike through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and soak in a hot spring. Begin the day with pickup in central Reykjavík. Head east out of the city to Þjórsárdalur valley to stop at the roaring Hjálparafoss waterfall. Marvel at the two massive waterfalls that make up Hjálparafoss waterfall, framed by a stunning basalt formation. Continue to the 122-meter high Háifoss waterfall, Iceland's fourth largest. Next, head to Hnausapollur, an ancient crater lake formed by volcanic eruptions. Marvel at the turquoise blue hue of the water before continuing to Landmannalaugar. Enter the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and drive through colorful rhyolite hills, lava fields, and geothermal activity. Join your hiking guide for a moderate hike through this beautiful landscape. Soak your feet in a hot spring before returning to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik: Whale Watching and Dolphin Luxury Yacht Cruise

3. Reykjavik: Whale Watching and Dolphin Luxury Yacht Cruise

The tour begins with a cruise along the beautiful coastline of Reykjavik before heading out to Faxafloi Bay in search of whales. The minke whales and humpback whales are the main goal of this tour, the giants of the ocean. With a bit of luck, you may even spot a group of white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. There's also a good chance that you'll observe different sea birds and puffins throughout the summer. During the summer, the puffins are frequently seen sitting on the ocean and diving for food. This activity enables you to escape the crowds and benefit from a yacht cruise with fewer passengers and more personal service on board. Ride on a stable boat with an on-board bar and lounge and spacious outdoor deck areas for maximum comfort.

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

4. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Embark on a guided tour from Reykjavik to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Witness the mighty Hvannadalshnjúkur mountain and black sand desert that sprawls between Skaftafell National Park and the lagoon.  Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascades to reach the other side. Continue to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall and admire the impressive 60-meter drop. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and stroll along the shores of the lake. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the area as 1,000- to 1,500-year-old ice breaks away from the Vatnajökull glacier and floats silently on the water. Recognize locations from some of the many movies that have been filmed in the area, such as Batman Begins and Tomb Raider. Stop at the spectacular Diamond Beach and admire the strand of black sand speckled with clumps of ice, giving an appearance of shimmering diamonds. In the warmer months, enjoy an added boat ride around the lagoon and witness the floating icebergs up-close.

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

5. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Tour

See the incredible northern lights from the panoramic decks of a luxurious yacht on this guided tour. This tour is perfect for those looking for an awe-inspiring experience watching the celestial display of the aurora borealis. Meet your captain and crew at Reykjavik's Old Harbor, where you'll board the luxury yacht. You will sail among the small islands in Faxafloi Bay and along the coast of Reykjavik before the yacht begins to sail away from the lights of the city. This will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the northern lights to the fullest. The panoramic triple deck area allows every passenger to enjoy the breathtaking colors of the aurora, and to capture some amazing photos of the green, pink, and white light. If you wish to stay inside during the trip, you will find a lovely bar and lounge area inside where you can relax in comfort.

Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Day Trip

6. Reykjavik: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufell Day Trip

Visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this guided day trip from Reykjavik. See everything Iceland has to offer in one trip including Berserkjahraun lava fields, Snaefellsjokull volcano, and Kirkjufell mountain. Learn the local legends and see a seal colony. Begin your trip in the local town of Borgarnes. Grab some snacks before heading to the peninsula and try to catch a peak of the ice-capped Snaefellsjokull stratovolcano. Arrive at the Berserkjahraun lava field, and learn the origin of its name. Next, head to Kirkjufell, famously known for its role on the "Game of Thrones" television show, and for being the most-photographed mountain in the entire country. Visit the neighboring waterfall, and be swept away by the magic. Then climb the staircase to the top of Saxholl (visited only from February - November), a 100-meter-high volcanic crater. Reach the top and be rewarded by the stunning views of this 3000-year-old feat of nature. Learn local legends and the history of strong Icelandic ancestry. Venture into the uninhabited settlement of Djupalonssandur, and test your strength as local men used to on the beach. Head to the fishing village of Arnarstapi and witness the beautifully eroded cliffs and the sculpture of Barour Snaefellsas. Finally, discover a more in-depth understanding of Icelandic history at Budakirkja, or the "Black Church." View historical artifacts from the 19th century. Continue to the enchanting golden-colored beach of Ytri-Tunga (only visited from February - November). Witness a huge seal colony, laying on the rocks and enjoying the sun.

Reykjavík: Northern Lights Cruise

7. Reykjavík: Northern Lights Cruise

The stage is set to experience one of nature’s most magnificent phenomena on this tour of the Northern Lights in Iceland, starting with an informative talk before boarding the Elding II in Reykjavik Harbor. Docked just a few steps from the meeting point, where you can watch time-lapse videos and look at images and information boards about the lights, Elding II boasts a nice heated lounge where you can sit down to enjoy light refreshments, or head out to the viewing platform wrapped up in the provided warm overalls. Settle down for Mother Nature to start her tricks as your guide keeps you well informed and calls out once the Northern Lights begin. Of course, nothing in nature is guaranteed, but the expert guide and captain will always check the weather and forecast before the tour to optimize your chances of a view. With the glow of the city in the background, set out in search of the spectacle from the darkness of Faxaflói Bay. On a clear night, you may be lucky enough to see them swirling and dancing across the sky in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes.

Reykjavík: Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Aurora Tour

8. Reykjavík: Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Aurora Tour

Make the most of a short trip to Iceland with a combined Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and Northern Lights tour departing from Reykjavík. Spend a magical day traveling through waterfalls, craters, and natural pools, then marvel at the iconic Northern Lights at night. Get picked up from your hotel and start the day by visiting the three main Golden Circle attractions. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park, witness several eruptions at Geysir, and stop by Gullfoss waterfall, a powerful multi-drop waterfall. Gaze at a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater at Kerið crater lake, before moving on to the renowned Blue Lagoon. Discover a unique thermal spa, featuring a vast geothermal pool, saunas, steam bath, and an in-pool bar. Receive an entrance ticket along with a towel, face mask, and free drink. Enjoy around 90 minutes of free time to relax and grab dinner at your own expense, then head out on your evening Northern Lights hunting tour. Travel far beyond the city limits, searching for darkness and cloud-free skies. Warm yourself while you wait with a hot chocolate drink. Drive to a few different locations searching for the aurora. Find them shimmering across the night sky in mesmerizing green shades. Allow your guide to assist you with photo settings for the perfect picture, then be dropped off back in the city.

From Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkeling with Underwater Photos

9. From Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkeling with Underwater Photos

Enjoy a guided wetsuit snorkeling tour in the Silfra fissure, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. Leave Reykjavik behind and discover this hidden natural wonder, where the 100-meter underwater visibility and bright colors make the experience almost unrealistic. Immerse yourself in the pristine water of Silfra—some of the purest waters on the planet. When snorkeling in Silfra, travel between two continents, ending the tour in a lagoon often called "the real blue lagoon" because of the bright blue color of the water. Snorkeling in Silfra fissure, where you are guided into this magnificent scenery, is a total must-see for all nature and adventure-thirsty travelers. Enjoy freedom in terms of movements and free dive by holding your breath. Stay dry underneath your drysuit or, for the more adventurous, choose a wetsuit to feel the natural cool waters. The wetsuits used are six millimeter in thickness and isolate the body well from the cold water. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and leave feeling reinvigorated

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Cruise

10. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Cruise

Sail along the beautiful coastline of Iceland from Reykjavik Old Harbor and then head out to Faxaflói Bay to experience the city lights from a different perspective. Step aboard a luxury yacht for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The main objective of your tour is to get away from the lights to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the darkness of the ocean! Climate conditions permitting, see the natural phenomenon caused when particles from the sun hit the earth’s atmosphere to create a stunning choreography of lights in the sky. Get your cameras ready for some spectacular photo opportunities - the vessel is very stable, making it very convenient when taking photos. Your experienced crew will keep an eye out for Aurora Borealis activity to find the best route to take. Sit back and enjoy the scenery from the vast darkness behind the small islands of Faxaflói Bay, including the island of Viðey where Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower lights up the night sky from October 9 to December 8 (and on a few other days of the year). See the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center with its distinctive colored glass façade inspired by the basalt landscape from a different angle. Marvel at The Sun Voyager ode to the sun statue by Jón Gunnar Árnason and the famous house of Höfði where an agreement was signed in 1986 to end the Cold War.   Escape the crowds and benefit from a comfortable yacht cruise with fewer passengers, as group sizes are limited to enhance customer satisfaction and create a more intimate experience. If it gets chilly, wrap up in the warm blankets provide and enjoy hot drinks or refreshments that can be bought from the bar while waiting for the Northern Lights to appear.

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We had Roberta as our guide during this tour and she was really superb! She shared some really funny anecdotes with us and made this trip all the more enjoyable. It was terribly cold that evening but we could see a slight aurora borealis. In order to warm up we had the right to a small campfire as well as a hot chocolate. At the end we were invited to repeat the experience for free because the aurora borealis was light.

trying to find the right bus was mayhem because the tour before us was late so there was a lot of people crowding trying to hear the names being read out. but once we were on, our guide was lovely and gave us alot of knowledge on reykjavik history and the aurora lights. he took us too a good spot, lit a fire and gave out hot chocolate while we waited, and then bam the sky lit up

Mia was full of enthusiasm during the trip and was very helpful to ensure we got the best out of our trip. it was a very cold night but welcomed the hot chocolate. this trip was rebooted oringally due on Friday, rebooted for Sat and again moved to Sunday but very easy to rearrange this.

One to tick off the bucket list. This was a really great tour and we were lucky enough to see the lights not once but twice. Our tour guide Frank spotted them again on our return back to Reykjavik and decided on a second stop. Freezing cold so wrap up but definitely well worth it

An informative trip in which we saw the Northern Lights! Our guide was friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.