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8 Best Iceland Northern Lights Bus Tours (Updated 2021)

The following are the Best Bus Tours around Iceland chasing the Northern Lights.

Iceland is the perfect place to explore the Northern Lights, the country is small making it relatively easy to circumnavigate. Cheap flights are available from continental Europe making the country an increasingly popular destination.

Bus Tours are a fantastic way to experience the magic that Iceland offers while trying to spot the Aurora Borealis along the way. The Golden Circle is a very popular short tour for people without much time to venture further afield. If you are lucky enough to have more time then the ring road tours are very popular. The ring road circles the entire country and offers amazing scenery from Volcanoes, Black sand beaches to mighty glaciers.

If you are looking to see the northern lights then you need to book a tour in the colder winter months when more darkness is available. There are some amazing tours that drive the countryside just trying to find the lights, or if you prefer you can book a long tour to see the rest of this beautiful country.

Related: Best Iceland Hotels for Northern Lights Viewing

#1 Icelandic Northern Lights 8 day Tour

Start and end in Reykjavik! With the discovery tour Icelandic Northern Lights, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Reykjavik, Iceland and 10 other destinations in Iceland. Icelandic Northern Lights is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

#2 Seven Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Tour In Iceland

If you wish to see for yourself the marvel of the Northern Lights, you don’t need to go so far as the Northern Pole. You can visit Iceland and still enjoy the best views of Aurora Borealis on this 7 Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Tour. Staying in Iceland for a week allows you plenty of opportunities to see the lights.

This 7 Day Winter Vacation will give you the opportunity to tour the three major national parks of Þingvellir, Snæfellsjökull and Vatnajökull. All three parks boast of splendid natural wonders. You can also enjoy unconventional outdoor adventures like ice caving where you can marvel at the colours and scenic landscapes as well.

For more enthralling experiences, you can consider exploring the Golden Circle in unique and exotic ways. Choose from either riding a horse or snowmobile on the picturesque landscape of glaciers or diving and snorkeling in the Silfra fissure between two continents. Book Now

#3 Five Day Northern Lights & Glacier Lagoons Tour

This fantastic tour from On the GO Tours starts and ends in Reykjavik! Spend 5 days searching for the Northern Lights with this Northern Lights & Glacier Lagoons tour. The tour package taking you through Reykjavik, Iceland and 6 other destinations in Iceland. Northern Lights & Glacier Lagoons – 5 days includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

#4 Northern Lights Minibus Tour in Iceland

This Northern Lights Minibus Tour leaves from Reykjavík and goes hunting for the Aurora Borealis in the company of new friends.  This 3 hour tour is a fantastic introduction to the Northern Lights and you will be picked up from your accommodation around 20:30.

The tour departs the bright city lights of Reykjavík into the darkness of the Icelandic countryside. The guides use up to date aurora forecasts to plan the best options of finding the lights. The Northern Lights Minibus Tour is a great way to hunt for the Northern Lights when you do not have time for a longer Aurora tour.

#5 Northern Lights of Iceland including the Blue Lagoon

This Northern Lights of Iceland including the Blue Lagoon tour from Trafalgar provides you with a comfortable way to experience the Northern Lights. The tour includes 5 nights accommodation, buffet breakfast daily and 3 nightly meals. You will start a tour of the Iceland capital of Reykjavik and visit towering waterfalls, spectacular volcanoes and the amazing blue lagoon.

Each night gives you the opportunity to experience the mystical Aurora Borealis as it dances across the Icelandic sky.

#6 Seven Day Akureyri & Reykjavik Complete Iceland

This 7-Day Akureyri & Reykjavik Complete Iceland tour starts with a included flight from Reykjavik to the northern Iceland city of Akureyri. The 7 day tours includes 6 nights accommodation and finishes back in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. The tour includes 3 nights in Akureyri and 3 nights in Reykjavik and is the perfect chance to experience the northern lights.

You can immerse yourself in the culture and interact with the Icelandic locals and enjoy the wonders of the Lake Mvatn. The lake is home to a vibrant selection of flora and fauna and geothermal activity such as the mud pools at Hverir, lava fields at Dimmuborgir and many more. The small group tour includes accommodation and transport from your room. An expert guide will take you in search of the Aurora Borealis and keep you informed on all the sites on your tour

#7 From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Northern Lights Combo

Get back to nature on a Golden Circle tour during the day, and then look for the Northern Lights in the evening. Marvel at the hot springs of Strokkur and Geysir, hear the roar of Gullfoss waterfall and more.

Depart Reykjavik to experience the geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. See boiling water spout from the earth at the great geysers of Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur Valley.

Experience the dramatic cascades of Gullfoss waterfall, fed by the glacial waters of the Hvítá River. Get different views of the impressive water as it plunges into a 32-meter deep crevice. Reconnect with nature in Þingvellir National Park, and discover where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are pulling apart.

Return to Reykjavík for a few hours at leisure before your evening Northern Lights tour. Head back out after dark to look for the dancing lights in the night sky. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the natural phenomenon is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole.

#8 Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North-Atlantic ocean, with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the backround, is something you won't ever forget.

This unique tour takes about 2 hours, departing from Reykjavik´s old harbour in a luxurious boats, either Rósin or Andrea. Enjoy great views of the beautiful coastline of the capital on the way out to search for the northern lights. In only 15-30 minutes you will be at a prime location away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras.

Please remember that this tour is highly dependent on correct weather conditions. Cancellation may occur if the circumstances are not in your favour. 

When the northern lights forecast looks good - but if it is too windy to go out on sea - guests will be taken out for a northern lights tour on a small private bus to hunt for the lights on land. They will be offered a spot on the next available northern lights cruise free of charge.

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