Northern Lights hunt

Cruise in comfort on this exciting hunt for the Northern Lights!  Taken in a superbly designed jeep, there is no better way to take in one of the world’s greatest wonders.

 

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Tour description

Cruise in comfort on this exciting hunt for the Northern Lights!  Taken in a superbly designed jeep, there is no better way to take in one of the world’s greatest wonders.

Taking this trip could not be easier. You will be picked up from your accommodation or prearranged meeting point between 21:00 and 21:30, before heading out of Reykjavík in hunt of the Aurora Borealis! The search will last for four hours, throughout which your expert guide will find gaps in the cloud and signs of the lights.

Being in a super jeep does not just allow for more comfort; it also gives you the best opportunities to reach points that larger buses cannot. This means you can avoid the best-known viewing spots, so when you watch the lights, it will be as quiet, dark and peaceful as possible. It also means you will get a unique perspective of the beautiful landscape surrounding Reykjavík at night, as you wind up mountain passes and cross shallow rivers.

When to go on a Northern Lights hunt?

The Northern Lights hunt runs every day from mid-September to mid-April, so long as the conditions are promising. The tours are not operational when the forecast is poor or if there is too much cloud cover, as the guides know your time in the country is precious.

There is no way to guarantee that the northern lights will show, even under optimal circumstances, but if they do not, you will get another try without any additional charge. The adventure, however, is worth taking in spite of this slight risk; even though the Aurora is what we are hunting for, the nighttime views are incredible and your informative guide is sure to keep you entertained.

So do not hesitate, jump on board for an intimate, awe-inspiring experience that you will never forget! Check availability now by choosing a date.

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36 reviews for Northern Lights hunt

  1. Clive and Anne from Australia

    We had a great Northern Lights Tour with Valthor on Wednesday night. The super jeep was very comfortable and loved the group size of 6. It made the evening much more fun as we got to know everyone and even shared photos. We saw the lights and Valthor was very informative and also showed us a DVD on how the Northern Lights happen. Would highly recommend Gravel Travel.

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  2. Carman from Ohio

    Wow! It was a challenge to see the northern lights since we had continous clouds and rain for many days. Valthor wanted to find them for us and put the super jeep to work , 4 wheeling to a remote location. He was about to abandon the search when he suddenly spotted them.
    Once we jumped out of the jeep, we were treated to a 50 minute light show, the best our guide had seen this season. Our wishes and prayers answered.

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  3. Carman from Ohio

    We could not have seen the Northern Lights without our tour guide, Valthor. He took us outside of the city, up a mountainside in the super jeep. It had been rainy and cloudy for many days but Valthor found the break in the clouds and spotted the beautiful Aurora Borealis.
    Our show lasted almost 50 minutes and was beyond our expectations. Thank you Valthor for a once in a lifetime experience.

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  4. Xuan Mai RETO-NGUYEN

    agreable excursion. Valthor notre guide nous a conseillé pour prendre de bonnes photos. Malgré une faible activité, notre guide a su trouvé les aurores boréales et nous emmener dans des endroits paisibles. Un point positif est que la sortie se fait en petit groupe ( nous étions 6). Je recommande vivement!

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  5. Darryl Hazelwood

    Brilliant

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  6. sebastian levy

    Awesome experience and great service! we had a cancellation due to weather and he was very good in following up for the reschedule. he tried very hard to get us to the best place ti see the Northern Lights and he Did it!!! amazing experience… he took many pictures of us and send us via email and post them in FACEBOOK.

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  7. Amelie et Matthieu

    Valthor est un guide enthousiaste et persévérant. Il a su amener le groupe dans un endroit paisible afin de pouvoir trouver des aurores malgré la faible intensité du phénomène cette nuit-là. La visite est faite en petit groupe ce qui est très agréable. Valthor prend le temps pour les photos et pour expliquer les techniques de prises de vue, il laisse à chacun la possibilité d’apprécier le moment vécu à son rythme.
    Valthor, thanks a lot for the birthday gift 😉

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  8. Charlotte

    I joined the tour last week. It was absolutely one of the life time experience to join this highland tour! here are the highlights: 1) so fun to take a ride on super jeep. The jeep picked me up directly in front of city hall, near where I stayed. During the pick up, all other tourists who were waiting for tours, were all amazed this car and took pictures of it. 2) The guide was same as the driver, very responsible for us, and telling all kind of interesting stories whenever we drove through a town or nature view. 3) this is a small group, We had almost 3 hours on highland for ourself, to do anything we would like to do, some taking pictures, some hiking around, some chating with guide. 4) this is a small group tour, the money totally worth it.

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  9. Stacey Allison

    After a wonderful day with Valthor on the Landmannalaugar tour (highly recommend!), my best friend and I ended up doing the Northern Lights tour that night with Thor. Valthor and Thor were both terrific drivers and guides, and we had a great time. Lots of laughs and fun! Thor found a great spot, and we did see the lights even though it was very early in the season and they were muted. Would love to do the tour again in winter when the lights are really in full effect. It’s nice to support a small local business as opposed to Grayline or other big corporations, and we highly recommend the small-group experience of Gravel Travel!

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  10. Brittany and Josh from Florida

    Had a great time with Thor. The super Jeep was comfortable and he was able to find us just the right place for viewing. Definitely would recommend!

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  11. April and Alex

    We had an amazing northern lights tour with Valthor! We were extremely lucky and were treated to a fantastic northern lights show. The tour was really well run, the jeep is really impressive, and Valthor kindly shared his professional photos with us. An absolutely incredible night that I will remember forever. Thank you!

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  12. April and alex

    Absolutely incredible! Valthor took us to see the most amazing norther lights show 🙂 the jeep was fantastic, Valthor was very professional and kindly shared his wonderful photos with us. It was a truely incredible evening that I will remember forever, cannot rate highly enough 🙂

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  13. Thomas Bork

    Fun Tour

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  14. Nicholas Pizzo

    We got great photos of the northern lights from Thor

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  15. Kee So

    We were unlucky enough to see the Northern Lights on the first time but we offered a second try. We eventually got to see the Northern Lights on the second try. Guide was friendly and we liked it a lot

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  18. Jayne Charles

    You can never guarantee seeing the Northern Lights so we figured booking this tour with a small group in a jeep might shorten the odds – being able to be more flexible, travel further, get in and out quicker etc. It was simple to book and they are nice people to deal with – being really understanding when snow disrupted travel back home and it was touch and go whether we even got to Iceland, they were prepared to be flexible on the dates/cancellation. Happily not needed as we made it there on time.

    We were a group of 8, picked up from various points in the city, and we headed North through a tunnel under the fjord. The sky was very clear, which was lucky, but there was a full moon, which wasn’t. The driver/guide Ragnar (sorry probably spelled that wrong) was a really nice guy, knew his stuff, and spoke better English than a lot of English folk. He stopped at various destinations and we got out and scanned the sky for signs of activity. Being out in the wilds at that time of night was an unforgettable experience in itself – as so often happens in Iceland you have the sense of being close to massively powerful natural forces: stepping briefly away from the sheltered side of the jeep a vicious blast of wind huffed from the iciest corner of some primordial lung came barrelling off the hills; it felt strong enough to pick me up and dump me somewhere in the North Atlantic. I was glad of the many layers I was wearing!

    After a few hours of not spotting the Lights we were headed back towards Reykjavik; I think everyone’s thoughts were on the advertised free second go if you don’t see them. Suddenly Ragnar spotted something in the sky and 8 people vacated the jeep in record time. So we saw the Northern Lights – it wasn’t a long show; less than 10 minutes, maybe less than 5, but they were there, and when we were all safely back in the jeep, as if in celebration, Queen’s “Don’t stop me now” came on the radio, and we had the volume way up high. One of those trips you only make once but you always remember. Cheers, Gravel Travel!

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  19. Konrad Starczak

    Amazing! Vlathor, our guide, took us outside of Reykjavik in the super jeep and was very realistic about our chances of seeing the Northern lights as the weather was unfavorable several days before. Luckily, we got to see a spectacular show of beautiful green lights. it was breathtaking!

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  20. Chia Li

    It was just amazing! The tour guides were nice and took good photos.

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  21. Melissa Hsiao

    Our guide delivers very good insight and shows us how to trace Aurora even not so strong. Based on very good experience, he found a place far away from cities, however, cloudy followed along with weak Aurora. Therefore, we got another two places to try. At last, we got the best view in my life. I would like to say, northern lights are not always easy to find , weather, city lights, clouds, place, your lucks, are issues. An experienced guide will increase your possibility to see what you want. Investment is necessary…

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  22. Jeremiah Bengtson

    Had a great time with the Gravel guys. Would recommend to anyone.

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  23. Mindi Meeks

    Our tour with Valthor was great! Be aware that your jeep may be in a location with several other jeeps from other companies. It’s still better than being with several other tour buses, but it’s not quite what we expected. Having said that, we got exactly what we wanted from the experience, and we would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the Northern Lights in Iceland!

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  24. Erin Roth

    The Northern Lights were out of this world!!

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  25. Stephanie Taylor

    Fantastic experience with IceThor1!!! The super jeep is the way to go when hunting for the Northern Lights and our guide was very sweet, information and fun. I highly recommend Gravel Travel for this experience if you find yourself in Iceland. Thanks for the experience of a lifetime!

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  26. Stephanie Castor

    Great trip! Thor was very knowledgable, informative, accommodating and personable. He took us to the perfect spot and we were able to see the lights – yay!! He let us spend a lot of time taking pictures and viewing the lights and was willing to take as many pictures of us as we asked. Wonderful experience!

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  27. Jason Le Grange

    Amazing experience! Best service and amazing finding of Northern Light!

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  28. Anna Blaszczyk

    Both Thor and Ole were super enthusiastic and had a lot of interesting facts about the Northern Lights to share. Even though the forecast was not necessarily favourable for that night, we still got lucky and even saw some movement! With our tour guides help we got a lot of nice pictures. The tour was worth its price, definitely can recommend!

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  29. Deborah Smith

    I had an amazing adventure with Thor on our tour. He was determined to find the Northern Lights for us and he did! Thank you for helping me work on my bucket list!

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  30. Kevin Voeller

    Despite poor weather Gravel Travel found some Northern Lights for us. Their photographer was also terrific getting the hard to see light to shine in photos that are freely posted.

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  31. Rhoanda Montes

    Thor was a wonderful guide. He was prompt, courteous and very informative. We were very lucky on the night we went out because the northern lights were visible and we were able to take some great photos.

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  32. Winifred Stevens

    I have tried to get pictures of the Aurora for 2 years and finally got some great ones thanks to our driver who was so helpful and knowledgeable. The trip was the highlight of my stay in Iceland.

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  35. elita liwis

    Great experience. Superb service. Highly recommend.

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  36. Robert Blake

    We took the Super Jeep HUNT for the northern lights tour on Aug 31,19. The vehicle was great. Our guide was terrific and took us way out from the lights of the city – he was staying in radio communication with the base so he could hear where sightings were happening.
    We were successful in finding the northern lights and they were impressive to watch ( on my bucket list for 60 years!) Our guide set up his camera, already prepared for night time exposures and took pictures of all of us with the lights behind us. The pix turned out great and we have already shown them to our friends and family. We were picked up and returned to the cruise port. The tour was on time and very very well worth the cost. I have no complaints and nothing but praise for the Gravel Travel Group.
    I highly recommend this tour.

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