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Northern Lights and Stargazing


CERTIFIED OPERATOR     Tour operator: Happyworld     5 hours     Travel method: Jeep / 4x4

 

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.

Tour time: 3-5 hours

Group size: min 2, max 14

Pick up time: October – March: 20.00 – 20.30, September & April: 21.00 – 21.30

Destination: Our final destination is dictated by weather and where sightings are most likely.

Included: Pick-up, driver/guided tour, stargazing*, hot chocolate & kleina, photos.

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

Photography: We take photos of everyone for free. We can assist with which settings to choose on your camera but you need to be comfortable with your buttons and menu.

Optional extras

Rental tripod: check that your camera has a tripod mount option.

Warmer pads: provide external warmth for 5 to 8 hours.

*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.







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Minimum age: 12 years
Difficulty:   VERY EASY



What is included

Pick-up, stargazing, home made hot chocolate and Kleina (local delicacy), photos of you with the lights, local English speaking guides.

What do I need to bring

You should dress prepared to be standing outside in the cold for a long time. Recommended clothing:
Woollen undergarments. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Thick wintercoat and trousers (ski outfit perhaps). Winter boots and thick woollen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens.

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Duration

300 minutes

What is included

Pick-up, stargazing, home made hot chocolate and Kleina (local delicacy), photos of you with the lights, local English speaking guides.

Difficulty

VERY EASY

Minimum age

12 years

What do I need to bring

You should dress prepared to be standing outside in the cold for a long time. Recommended clothing:
Woollen undergarments. Warm, thick sweater (fleece or wool). Thick wintercoat and trousers (ski outfit perhaps). Winter boots and thick woollen socks. Warm hat and thick mittens.