Northern Lights Bus Tour


If you want to chase the Northern Lights without having to worry about icy roads or difficult conditions then this is the tour for you. Budget friendly and great for solo travelers. 

Even though big bus tours is not our preferred method to see the Northern Lights we also know that when you are pressed for time, you don’t feel comfortable with driving in winter conditions or when you are traveling solo these tours might be exactly what you are looking for. With guaranteed departures (if whether and conditions allow) and the possibility to go again if the tour is not successful this might be where you get most bang for your buck.

We also recommend these tours for those wanting to see the northern lights from Reykjavík: Northern Lights by boat and Glacier walk and Northern Lights. If you feel OK about driving in winter conditions and you prefer to explore on your own we offer great prices on car rental, especially for shorter rentals in winter.


Good to know

The itinerary depends on weather and conditions but the tour will take you to a location in comfortable distance from Reykjavík. The tour depends on weather and sightings are not guaranteed (the northern lights are a natural phenomenon after all) but if the tour is unsuccessful you are welcome to join another tour free of charge.

It’s also good to keep in mind that the northern lights are very rarely like you see in all those beautiful photos floating around the internet. Those photos are usually taken in special circumstances (during solar flares for example) or have been edited for maximum brightness. The northern lights are still breathtakingly beautiful, we just don’t want to you get disappointed if the photos and what you actually see doesn’t match.

Travelers with young children are advised to take the 19:30 departure which is available from mid October through mid March.

What to wear

This is an outdoor activity, in winter (in Iceland), so we recommend you dress warmly. You will thank us later if you bring  a good pair of mittens, hat and last but not least warm socks. People often forget the toes, don’t forget the toes!

Free pickup is offered from approved hotels, hostels and guesthouses in downtown Reykjavík

If you are staying in an AirBnB apartment or a hotel that is not included in the pickup list, it’s best if you find the next approved hotel and book your pickup from there.

If you are not sure what is the nearest pickup place, just be in touch and we’ll help you choose.



Reservations can be canceled 24 hours prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to departure will be charged full price.


This partner reserve the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for losses or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departure of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, war or other causes outside the control of The partner. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveler.

Pick up and drop off service

  • Pick up for day tours is operated by several smaller coaches throughout the city centre up to 30 minutes before departure. Please be ready in time for your pick up in front of your hotel or guesthouse.
    Main departure point for this tour is from the BSÍ Bus Terminal.
  • Drop off starts after indicated arrival time. Please note that drop off locations may not be directly in front of your hotel/guesthouse dictated by actual conditions (e.g. narrow streets, coach size, roadworks, etc.).

Return times

Please note that indicated return times refer to guided tours only, drop offs and pick ups are not included. Additionally, during winter return times can vary due to weather conditions.

See here our full terms and conditions.

Partner tours

This tour is a Partner Tour

What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.

We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.

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