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Northern Lights And Stargazing

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Duration
time-raw5 hours
Difficulty
Very Easy
Pickup Option
Free Pickup

Become an important member of a team of sky explorers. As we introduce you to the dark Arctic night away from city lights, the sky will take you on a journey with its dancing Northern Lights and other awe-inspiring sky events.

What to expect?

Northern Lights & Stargazing in a small group
We pick you up and whisk you away from the city lights to where we predict the best sightings according to weather forecast. We always aim to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds to enjoy the Northern Lights in serenity. At our chosen spot, while waiting for the lights, we use our powerful stargazing telescope to explore crude details of the planets in our solar system, their moons and deep space phenomena light years away.*

Your Chances of Seeing the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and displays can never be guaranteed. For a sighting we need three things to come together: solar storm, darkness and a clear sky. Overall, on any given night during dark hours in Iceland, your chances are about 50/50. We maximise this chance by going out when auroral activity and cloud cover forecasts are favourable. Our sighting rate is 90%.

Tour Schedule

  • 18:30: We make our Go/NoGo decision based on the last weather forecast for the evening. If we need to cancel due to weather we send you an e-mail.
  • 20:00-20:30 (Oct-March) 21:00-21:30 (Sept & April): Pick up.
  • We drive to where conditions are predicted best.
  • At location, assess the conditions, stay or move on.
  • While waiting, we explore the sky through telescope.*
  • If the lights do show up, we take photos of you under the glow.
  • Once you are nearing frostbite, we serve hot chocolate and Kleina.
  • We stay out until midnight, if no lights are seen we extend 30-60 minutes.
  • The drive back to Reykjavík is normally 30-45 minutes.

*Please note: The Northern Lights, or their magnitude, can never be guaranteed. Stargazing conditions depend on several factors like cloudiness, humidity and wind. Objects visible on the night sky depend on Earths position in its orbit around the Sun.

What is included?

Pick-up

Driver

Local English speaking guides

Stargazing

Home made hot chocolate and Kleina (local delicacy)

Photos of you with the lights

What do I need to bring?

You should dress prepared to be standing outside in the cold for a long time. Woolen undergarments. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Thick winter-coat and trousers (ski outfit perhaps). Winter boots and thick woolen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens. Bring heat-pads if possible.

Additional information

  • Tour time: 3-5 hours

  • Group size: min 2, max 14

  • Optional extras:
    Rental tripod: check that your camera has a tripod mount option
    Warmer pads: provide external warmth for 5 to 8 hours

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.

    • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the experience.
    • Quality Assurance: Travelade only works with selected local partners we trust to provide high quality service.

Meeting point

At your accommodation

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