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Enjoy a meal at one of Reykjavik’s top restaurants and seek out Aurora Borealis on this 4-hour dinner and Northern Lights cruise from Reykjavik. Take a seat at your table in the Kopar restaurant in Reykjavik’s harbor, famous for its focus on fresh ingredients. Enjoy a delicious 9-course meal of Icelandic specialities such as marinated scallops, lamb fillet and caramel cake. Afterward, hop aboard your sightseeing boat on the pier and cruise onto the waves in search of the shimmering blues, greens and purples of the spectacular Northern Lights. 

Highlights

  • Dinner at Kopar Restaurant and Northern Lights cruise from Reykjavik
  • Experience a gourmet 9-course dinner at trendy Kopar
  • Enjoy dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • Try innovative delights such as cod tongue and redfish with mango
  • Take a Northern Lights cruise to see the natural light show
  • Learn the science and folklore around the lights from a video and commentary

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Ancient Icelandic legend had it that the Northern Lights would ease the pain of childbirth, providing the pregnant woman didn’t actually see one of the natural displays.

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What You Can Expect

Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

Enjoy a 9-course dinner in the renowned Kopar Restaurant

On the day, make your way to the restaurant at Reykjavik Old Harbor. The cutting-edge restaurant is famed for its use of fresh, local Icelandic ingredients from the sea and land.

Order your drinks at own expense, and then enjoy your 9-course meal from the Adventure Menu. Made up of delicate creations that aim to surprise your taste buds, the menu is rarely ever the same, but you can expect specialities such as cod tongues in orly (beer-flavored dough) and redfish with mango. Read on for a sample menu.

After your meal, leave the restaurant and walk to the pier where your cruise boat awaits. Step aboard and cruise out to sea to look for the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis.

Enjoy views of illuminated Reykjavik and its mountainous backdrop as you cruise to a prime Northern Lights viewing spot, far from the city’s lights. Scan the skies for the dancing ribbons of light, and learn about the science and Icelandic folklore associated with them from the onboard video and guided commentary. With a little luck, you’ll catch a spectacular display, although sightings can’t be guaranteed.

After roughly 2.5 hours at sea, return to the harbor where your experience ends.

Sample Menu:
Nine courses including dishes such as:
  • Cod tongues in orly with sherry- and garlic-flavored cream cheese and a lemon dip
  • Marinated scallops in their shells with scallop ceviche, dill cream and salmon roe
  • Redfish cooked two ways, served with snap peas, mango and peanut butter
  • Monkfish served with bacon, pesto, basil sauce and tempura broccoli
  • Lamb fillet with mushrooms, port and garlic, accompanied by mushrooms, potatoes and béarnaise sauce
  • Daim bar cheesecake with raspberry sauce, Skyr (traditional Icelandic yogurt) sorbet and white chocolate
  • Warm caramel cake with peanuts, salted caramel ice cream, mascarpone cheese, white chocolate mousse and caramel sauce

Customer Reviews

jb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The food in Kopar was wonderful and took the stress out of finding somewhere to eat on our first day of arrival. The staff on the boat were really knowledgeable and very excitable when the lights appeared, which incidentally appeared at sunset. We were very lucky and saw a beautiful display.

Justyna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The Kopar restaurant is very nice and the food was lovely. The table was booked automatically two and a half hours before the boat departure, however, I would recommend changing it to about three hours since we had to rush with our desserts. Unfortunately, after getting to the boat it turned out that the cruise had been canceled due to cloudy weather and we were booked for the next day. It would have been nice if they let us know a little earlier. The following evening the sky was cloudless and we manged to see a nice display of northern lights even though we've been told that it may be too late for it this time of year. The thermal overalls provided on the boat kept us nice and warm during the cruise.

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