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Photo of greenish Aurora borealis from a kitchen window
Aurora Borealis taken with inexpensive camera

Aurora Borealis waves at a vortex node overhead
Vortex node -supernatural butterfly wings


Ideal for a small group (2-4 persons) wanting to find and enjoy the Aurora borealils in a warm, comfortable vehicle.

A new 11-yr upward cycle in solar storms has begun, resulting in greater frequency of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. A nice display was visible on November 14, 2010 just outside of Reykjavík, during ideal conditions: clear sky and modest moonlight. The Aurora Borealis (and Aurora Australis in the south) are caused ions ejected by solar storms, that line up at the magnetic poles of the earth and glow at night. Clouds, moonlight and light pollution can make it hard to see them.
f-stop Tours is now offering evening tours of a maximum of 3.5 hours in search of the Northern Lights, when conditions (solar activity, clear skies and little moonlight) are encouraging. These are specific, private tours intended only for seeing the Northern Lights and hence departure times are after dinner and flexible to meet individual schedules. From December through March this might typically be 8:00 pm-11:30 pm.

Because of the unpredictable nature of the Northern Lights, we feel it is not practical to book this tour many days or weeks in advance. Instead, feel free put in a request and wait to see if weather condtions might be suitable for a given evening during your stay. In either case, if you have sent in a request, Mike will let you know whether or not there will be a tour by 6 pm of the day involved. Those interested in the Aurora Borealis Evening Tour, can contact Mike, either by telephone or e-mail (see below). If conditions seem right, we will book by taking a phone credit card order for the tour, which confirms the tour. Price, per person, for the tour, is 17,500 Icelandic krona, with a minimum of two (2) and maximum of four (4). This is a competitive price, though proportionately a bit more costly than our day tours, due to the evening hours and driving in darkness with winter road conditions. Sorry, but we cannot accept cash payment for this tour.

We wish to emphasize that it is impossible to guarantee seeing the Aurora. We are pleased to offer this tour, but if the chances are hopeless or not good, we will say so frankly, and not book a tour. At f-stop Tours, our goal is to not only meet, but to exceed your expectations, and not to book as many tours as possible.

A useful website to see weather conditions in Iceland is run by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. However, please realise weather predictions and reality may sometimes differ. But, for predictions, especially of cloud cover, you can use the day slider below the map, click here.
If you do not have access to the internet, your hotel concierge or receptionist will be happy to give you a weather update for the day.

Just to show you don’t need fancy camera gear to get a tolerable shot of them—Mike took the upper left image hand-held, with a Pentax Optio W60 point-and-shoot digital camera. Night Shooting mode (ISO 6400). for 4 seconds, braced against a thermal-pane kitchen window. Moments later they were gone.

 

Note: FEEL FREE TO e-MAIL AN ADVANCE REQUEST FOR THIS TOUR, BUT IT WILL ONLY RUN IF CONDITIONS ARE GOOD .
Price: 20.000 Icelandic krona per person, minimum of 2. Reasonable surcharge for fewer.
Included: Certified English-speaking driver-guide, round-trip ground transportation.
Not included: food or refreshments
Duration: 3.5 hrs. MAXIMUM.

Price change due to inflation and govt. fee hikes.

 

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