The Northern Lights Hunt takes you out of Reykjavík city lights to see the dancing lights of the aurora. Locations visited are different from day to day depending on the forecast. On the tour we offer our guests warm blankets, hot drinks and light refreshments while waiting for the show.
The Northern Lights tour is dependant on weather, cloud-coverage and aurora activity. It is therefore impossible to guarantee sightings but the Around Iceland team is known for putting in the extra effort when it comes to „finding“ the lights. By evaluating conditions every day and sometimes even often during the day we increase our chances when going out but we also reserve the right to alter, postpone or even cancell the tour for the safety of our clients.
If we go out and no lights can be seen you are welcome to join another Northern Lights Hunt free of charge. Just contact our sales-desk and we will book you on the tour next time we go out.
But what are the northern lights..?
The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.
The connection between the Northern Lights and sunspot activity has been suspected since about 1880. Thanks to research conducted since the 1950’s, we now know that electrons and protons from the sun are blown towards the earth on the ‘solar wind. The charged particles are largely deflected by the earth’s magnetic field. However, the earth’s magnetic field is weaker at either pole and therefore some particles enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gas particles. These collisions emit light that we perceive as the dancing lights of the north.
Around Iceland’s professional guides have extensive experience when it comes to finding the lights. They will share not only local knowledge but great stories and personal recommendations.
Travel with Around Iceland will make your experience unforgettable and feeling like a local during the tour.
English speaking guide
Note: Warm clothes recommended
Around 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.