Northern Lights small group tour, with hot chocolate, pastries and photos

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From $114.86

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Watching the Northern Lights is top of the bucket list for many visitors to Iceland and this evening tour from Reykjavík maximizes your chances of catching nature’s dazzling light show. Venture out into the countryside after dark, stop at remote viewpoints according to the Aurora forecast, and tuck into Icelandic pastries and hot chocolate as you wait for the Lights to make an appearance.
  • Northern Lights small-group tour from Reykjavík
  • Visit Northern Lights viewing spots in the countryside around Reykjavík
  • Maximize your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis with the help of an expert guide
  • Warm up with hot chocolate and tasty pastries while you wait
  • Small-group limited to 19 people ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Hot chocolate and Icelandic pastries
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Photos (if conditions allow)
  • Use of Icelandic woolen blankets
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Snacks

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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Pickup details

If you are staying in downtown Reykjavik and you do not find the name of your hotel in the list, we will need you to use the bus stop designated to your accommodation. These bus stops were created by the city of Reykjavik to limit traffic of buses and larger vehicles in the sometimes narrow streets in the older parts of Reykjavik. To find the right meeting point you can click on each of them and the list of hotels will show under the tab.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that the access to restroom facilities out of urban areas is very limited while on the Northern lights tours.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Even with the best of guides and a detailed forecast, sightings are never guaranteed. If we don’t find any lights while on tour, you can join us again another day for free (upon our availability). You will not be entitled to get a refund, though.
  • A refund is only possible if the tour never operates while you are in Iceland and you never get the chance to join the tour which sometimes happens due to unfavorable weather conditions.
  • The tour is operated in a minibus and does not exceed more than 19 passengers.
  • Availability for tour cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of shown availability
  • This tour takes place at night, please dress up accordingly with warm garments. Bring along a hat, gloves and a scarf. Waterproof clothing is always recommended while touring around Iceland.
  • Please check your email inbox - we will send you an email on your departure day in the afternoon to inform you if the tour goes ahead or if it is cancelled.Make sure to check the spam inbox too.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Not worth money
sarah_f, Mar 2023
Terrible trip! Driver stopped at one location only didn't even search for us to see the northern lights! Only saw a brief glimpse of then through his camera lenses on a picture. Very disappointed, only good thing was the free hot chocolate and pastry but not worth the money we paid!
Amazing Lights!
Susan_K, Mar 2023
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide, Simon (aka Spicy Viking), picked us up at the designated time and took us to a wonderful, remote location where we viewed the most spectacular northern lights display! He also took great photographs of everyone in the group with the northern lights as our background. Simon’s relaxed and entertaining style made for a most enjoyable outing. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Susan_K, Thank you so much for your 5 star review! :) Simon is such a fantastic guide and so knowledgeable about the Northern Lights. We truly are so lucky to have him on our team! We hope to see you again in the future! Kidnest Regards, EastWest Team
Terrible !
Amna_S, Mar 2023
We barely saw the lights, you could only see it through night mode on the camera. The tour guide said we couldn’t take the tour again bc it showed up in the photos. We only went to one spot and the tour guide didn’t even properly find the lights.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Amna_S, Thank you for your review - we are deeply sadden to hear that your expectations were not met during the tour. Our tour guides do know that though sightings are shown on the camera, that does not automatically mean that the tour is marked successful. We would love to hear back from you so that we can investigate this matter further - please email We look forward to hearing from you. Kindest Regards, EastWest Team.
kp363559, Mar 2023
Our host Simon was great, very entertaining. Saw it was only KP1 for our trip so went not expecting much. It was a very quiet night for the aurora. Have to say Simon wasn't giving up and being patient paid off. We go a short show which was fantastic. Hot chocolate was a really nice touch and there were loads of blankets for those not dressed appropriately.
19 March 23 Northern Lights Tour :)
Kerry_C, Mar 2023
Our tour guide 'Devon' was amazing! He was fun and certainly knows his stuff on the Northern lights and everything really. He went out of his way especially to take us to the best possible place to have a sighting of the northern lights, which we did and what a privilege to see them first time visit to Iceland, All the photos we have received are fab! We'd definitely recommend East to West tour booked with Viator and with 'Devon' as the tour guide...... thank you! You are the best :) xx
Wonderful experience with...
Niamh_G, Mar 2023
Wonderful experience with Jon pall, thanks so much for your perseverance and photos! Thoroughly recommend this trip
Amazing experience
Alannah_L, Mar 2023
Honestly one of the best experiences in my life ! I couldn't recommend it more ! The tour was great and our tour guide Devin was really knowledgeable and very funny . He took incredible photos of us and definitely made the whole experience memorable. We received our photos really quickly and they all came out perfect.
Northern lights show time
Julie_S, Mar 2023
Fantastic evening Jon- Pall went the extra mile to find some clear skies . We were all rewarded by his efforts. Some people were jumping up and down with delight at seeing such a good Aurora display. Jon - Pall took individual photos of all our group with the Aurora Borialis behind them. Small group tours as by far the best. We meet up with some other people on returning to our hotel who only saw a faint green glow in the sky they had been on a large coach with another company. Jon- Pall also sent a link to download all the photos he had taken from our evening out Perfection . Jon- Pall is a credit to the company.
10/10 would recommend!
Joseph_C, Mar 2023
A fantastic experience! Incredible views of the northern lights, great guide and a great group of fellow light dealers.
Great Tour
Kim_C, Mar 2023
Our guide was delightful. He provided excellent background information on the Northern lights and history of the Vikings. Additionally we were treated to an amazing soundtrack of music. Our guide worked so hard to take us to various spots where we could catch a glimmer of the lights. Sadly, the weather did not cooperate. Despite not seeing the lights we had a great adventure 💚
Saw the lights so worth it!
Alicia_d, Mar 2023
The driver (completely forgot his name unfortunately) was great and accomodating with taking photos of everyone in the group. We were lucky to see the lights and he kept stopping for us to get photo ops wherever they appeared again. The hot chocolate was greatly welcomed when it was -11c outside!
Success on a very cold night
Jacqui_S, Mar 2023
Baldwin was great! We went out on a super cold evening (-9 C) and he made sure that everyone stayed warm in the van, unless there were reasons to come outside. We were one of very few groups to see the lights on our evening and he did his best to capture our pictures and the stars as well. His childhood knowledge of the area we went (Thingvellir) resulted in us having the area to ourselves and not returning disappointed!
Fantastic trip
Emma_S, Mar 2023
Baldwin was a fantastic host! Engaging and funny and passionate for his job! He enhanced the experience
Great tour highly recommend
Kathy_R, Mar 2023
Devin was very knowledgeable and took us to some great spots where we were the only ones. We had hot chocolate to warm us up along with blankets and pastry. We had the best time. Would totally recommend this trip. This was our first night in Iceland and we had a great display of northern lights.
Amazing tour for Northern lights
Colin_R, Mar 2023
Tony was an excellent guide very knowledgeable and funny. He knew exactly the best places to see the lights and his hot chocolate and pastries were delicious. If I come back to Iceland I will be booking this tour again.
Carol_L, Mar 2023
Baldwin was a great guide. Amazing night. We were lucky that the activity was strong. Enjoyed the small buss.
Amazing experience!
Kelly_O, Mar 2023
We had Tony as our tour guide for a Northern Lights tour on 3/14/23 (Small group) It was my first trip to Iceland and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. He was knowledgeable about how the lights operated, where the best chances to see them were by taking us on a journey into complete darkness. It worked out well because we were lucky enough that it was a clear night and they were beautiful! He did explain he could not guarantee we would see them as they are unpredictable and I appreciated the transparency. He even took the opportunity to take photos for us. Thank you Tony for a great northern lights experience 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Stephen_N, Mar 2023
Fantastic tour and guide and an amazing light show . Wrap up warm was very cold but worth it so much so we booked again tonight
First attempt to see the...
Jessica_S, Mar 2023
First attempt to see the Northern Lights on 3/6 was disastrous -our guide wasn't very helpful or informative, never got his name, he forgot to give us the pastries, and the entire night was cloudy but he still kept us out for the full duration. Second attempt on 3/7 with Baldvin was awesome!!! Baldvin was wonderful - very funny and kind and informative. He made sure we were all comfortable and captured lots of great pictures.
Nancy_F, Mar 2023
One of the main things we came for to Iceland was watching the Northern Lights and it was one of the best decisions to get it done in a small group. Our tour guide Olaf was amazing, took us to 4 different locations and seemed really informed since the start point. He knew exactly which spots should we stop on and after minimal attempts of seeing the lights in each spot, we had a final stop where we saw the lights dancing!! It was a really fun tour and Olaf took a lot of pictures for us at each spot (don’t expect high resolution pictures if its windy and too dark though, its still gonna be something nice for memories). Olaf did give us enough time to enjoy the lights and take pictures, we didn’t feel in a rush at any point, in fact he was asking us to go down to enjoy the lights but it was really cold lol. One advise would be come really well dressed and take into consideration that it’ll be freezing outside (warm up your hands and feet). Lastly, the tour was well worth the money. Also, please be aware that seeing the lights is completely up to chance but I would recommend booking the first day you arrive and keep trying throughout the rest of your trip if you didn’t have any luck seeing the lights from the first attempt. March is a good month as we’ve heard a lot of days had good occurrences.