Follow the Northern Lights

Starting from: Reykjavik or Keflavik

Season: 1st Sep-10th Apr

Duration: 6+ days

Driving distance: Unknown

Highlights: Northern Lights!

Available as a self-drive or private guided tour 

Follow The Northern Lights - this is our signature northern lights tour and the best way to maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights while in Iceland.

Most northern lights tours follow a fixed sightseeing itinerary and hope to catch the auroras in the evenings at pre-fixed locations. We turn this idea on its head: Since hunting down the fickle auroras is the priority, we closely monitor and follow the aurora forecasts to maintain a flexible sightseeing & overnight schedule.

During the day you will visit the beautiful natural sights of Iceland which are in the region where you are travelling. We will make sure you visit all the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known local favourites.
In the evenings, you will be in the areas where the northern lights are most likely to show.

Your hotel bookings are made at a short notice, about 1-2 days in advance depending on the forecast, by our office staff so you can focus on enjoying the holiday.

During the night you should have higher chances of seeing the northern lights, which is why our Follow The Northern Lights tour format is the optimal way of hunting for auroras in Iceland!

The itinerary is completely flexible as we only determine 1-2 days in advance where to travel and where to stay. We will make use of our Iceland travel expertise, road conditions & weather forecasts, and the short-term aurora forecasts to guide you to the region(s) or place(s) in Iceland that maximise your chances of catching the northern lights during your trip - and enjoy amazing sightseeing around Iceland as you travel between overnight locations.

Longer tours in the same format are possible - more days will increase your chances even further and there is no shortage of exciting natural sights to discover in Iceland. Shorter tours than 6 days are possible but then it will be more difficult to hunt for the auroras in the regions that are furthest away from Reykjavik.

We highly recommend:
- A longer trip as opposed to a shorter one, to further increase your chances of seeing the northern lights during the trip and make the most of your time in Iceland.
- A private guided tour with our local driver guide, because of the more focused day travelling and the often difficult winter driving conditions during northern lights season.

Price for self-drive: from 95,000 ISK per person on a twin-sharing basis in winter

- 5-day 4x4 SUV car rental (including CDW insurance, GPS, airport pick up and drop off, unlimited kilometres and emergency service)
- Digital map for each day
- 5-night two-star hotel accommodation (double or twin room with private bath and breakfast)
- Detailed day wise sightseeing itinerary
- Contact person in Iceland

Price for private guided tour: Contact us with details of group size, language and requirements.

For self-drive, since the northern lights are only visible during late summer and winter, we highly recommend a 4X4.
For private tours, we offer a variety of comfortable vehicles for different group sizes with a local guide.

We offer a wide variety of handpicked quality accommodations from star category hotels to guesthouses and apartments, all well rated and located so as to balance your daily driving time. Although to follow this itinerary there will typically be a smaller set of options in the ideal location each night.

We provide daily itineraries and digital maps as you go along.
Our detailed itinerary is completely tailored to your specific interests. It will include comprehensive information on the must-see attractions and offbeat sights you will visit, a day-wise outline and directions on Google maps.

We can also include tours and activities of your choice, self-guided walks and hikes, and restaurant recommendations. Typically this requires adding extra time to the trip.

And of course, we are always available for questions or assistance during your trip.

Additional information for your Iceland trip will be sent to you after the booking. This will include details about weather and clothing, currencies and payments, electricity system, food and water, safety, contact info, and other useful tips.

The minimum driver age for is 20 years for smaller cars and 25 years for jeeps. Drivers must bring an international driving licence or a local driving licence written in a Roman script. Winter driving experience is strongly recommended.