Northern Lights in East Iceland
Experience the vivid treasures of the cosmos with this unforgettable tour, hunting the Aurora Borealis in Iceland’s darkened wilderness. This tour is perfect for anyone who has never witnessed this spacetime spectacular, as well as those looking to recapture the magic of their first sighting.
East Iceland is an area largely undeveloped and is, therefore, home to wide expanses of wilderness and clear night skies unburdened by light pollution.
You will depart from the small town of Breiðdalsvík, travelling by Super Jeep to wild areas inaccessible to other less capable vehicles. Your driver will navigate the Super Jeep, all the while keeping his eyes on the skies, looking out for the shimmering ribbons of solar flares.
As your journey progresses, your experienced and knowledgeable driver will be eager to teach you the science and cultural history of this rare, natural phenomenon, as well as answer any questions you might have.
When you finally arrive at a destination that looks promising, the Northern Lights will reveal themselves to you in a spectacle that defies the imagination. For enthusiastic photographers, this is truly an experience not to be missed.
Shimmering lights—from neon green and scarlet to white and purple—will dance across the nighttime sky in a miraculous display that defies the imagination. It is no wonder that people in ancient times believed the Northern Lights to be the spirits of their ancestors; the elegance of their movement is truly a sight that boggles the mind.
So don’t delay, hop aboard this spectacular Super Jeep sightseeing tour to experience the miracle of the Northern Lights yourself. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: Nov. - Apr.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
- Highlights: East Iceland,
Stretching from the wide Eastfjords mountain range, set with many small fjords, through the fertile Fljotsdalsherad district and towards the highlands, East Iceland is a vast area of incredible nature, striking contrasts and fascinating history and culture.
East Iceland is characterised by a large number of fjords, surrounded by high villages. Fishing villages can be found by most of them.
From Seydisfjordur a ferryboat goes to Scandinavia, and the town also hosts the popular annual festival LungA. Neskaupsstadur features two highly popular annual festivals, Neistaflug and Eistnaflug, as well as being the home to a highly interesting museum and close to fascinating nature.
The main airport of East Iceland is in Egilsstadir, the largest town of the East and its main centre for service, transport and administration.
Further inland is the fertile agricultural district Fljotsdalsherad (see the link above). Natural birchwoods are in the area, the most famous being Hallormsstadaskogur, the largest forest in Iceland. Big rivers run through the district and by their estuaries many seals may be found.
Up in the mountains is also the Karahnjukar Hydroelectric Power Station, the construction of which led to hot debates and continues to do so. The station serves the aluminium smelter by Reydarfjordur.
The impressive mountain Snaefell is close by, Iceland's highest freestanding mountain. East of Snaefell is the highland oasis Eyjabakkar, one of the largest nesting place for the pink footed goose in the world.
Of particular cultural note in Fljotsdalsherad is the cultural and history center Skriduklaustur. In the middle ages a monastery stood there, and in the 20th century, Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson lived there. Gunnar wrote such masterworks as Adventa (e. The Good Shepherd), Svartfugl (The Black Cliffs), Saga Borgaraettarinnar (Guest the One-Eyed, made into the Danish film Borgslægtens history in 1919) and the autobiographical novel cycle Fjallkirkjan ('The Church on the Mountain' published in English as Ships in the Sky and The Night and the Dream).
Other notable attractions of the beautiful Fljotadalsherad district, of which there are many, are listed under the Egilsstadir section.
Reindeer roam the mountains of East Iceland and a large number of migratory birds land near Hofn in Hornafjordur, in the Southeast, on their way from Skotland, returning back to Scotland in late summer.
Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier stretches to the boarders of East Iceland.Breiðavík
Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by: Jóna Þórunn.
Unlike many of Iceland’s beaches, the sands here are golden, giving it an ambience that is differs from the rest of the country; in bright weather, it almost looks tropical. By the shore, there is a quaint church, and there are options for accommodation here in summer.
Staying in this area is excellent for birdwatchers who wish to see the millions of birds from dozens of species that nest and feed nearby, including puffins from May to August.
Departure time : 20:45
Fully guided tour
Search for northern lights where they can best be enjoyed.
Pick up outside of Breiðdalsvík
What to bring:
Good to know:
● We check weather conditions every day at 19:00 to estimate the possible visibility.
● If the weather does not permit visibility we reserve the right to cancel the tour for full refund or modify it into a different excursion if preferred.
● Reservation is necessary.
● Please note that we can not guarantee that we will see the Northern lights, they can only be seen on a clear night. We will do our very best to evaluate it each day and we will cancel the tour if it is very unlikely that we will see Northern lights.
● Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour.