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  • Location:Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

See the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, from a comfortable boat on this unique cruise from Reykjavik. Leave Iceland’s coast to experience this natural phenomenon far away from the city lights. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you learn about the myths and scientific phenomena of the lights from your expert local guide.


  • 2.5-hour cruise from Reykjavik to see the northern lights
  • Hear myths and scientific explanations about aurora borealis from your expert guide
  • See the breathtaking natural phenomenon from the water, away from the city lights
  • Savor hot drinks (own expense) and enjoy complimentary warm coveralls

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What You Can Expect

Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

Board a comfortable viewing boat and leave Reykjavik's coast toward Faxaflói Bay to begin your once-in-a-lifetime northern lights experience.

The northern lights (aurora borealis) create a natural light formation in the sky in the Arctic’s upper atmosphere, about 50 miles (80 km) high. The overwhelming appearance was named by the French philosopher Pierre Gassendi after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas.

Your expert guide will tell you all about the fascinating and beautiful northern lights, including the folklore and superstition behind them, as well as the underlying scientific facts that make this magical light show possible. Admire the stellar lights from the luxurious and cozy viewing area and warm yourself up with hot coffee, tea and chocolate and light refreshments (refreshments on own expense).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I choose the boat for two reasons. First, to see the city lit up from the sea. Secondly, because I thought it would be a nice change from another coach trip. Happy to say I saw the lights and stayed nice and toasty in the overalls they provided!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Trip good but northern lights disappointing. Thought we would see bright lights like the photo but instead it was a greyish cloud :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We were so lucky to be able to see the lights on our very first night in Iceland! Crew was great, offering to help with camera set ups and keeping the boat steady and pointed in the right direction so we could get the best shots! It was freezing cold but we were provided with survival suits which definitely kept us warm! Highly recommend this trip for a unique experience viewing the lights!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Another bucket list tour. They boat was roomy and comfortable. Make sure you grab a coverall when you arrive on board and try to sit on the top deck. It was cold but soooo worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome trip, very interesting and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A well organised and presented trip out to see the northern lights. Unfortunately for us the Aurora didn't perform the night we had booked for - but they gave everyone a complimentary drink and free tickets to try again on another night. We went out again the next night and were treated to a superb display. The boat was well equipped and clean. The crew were extremely helpful and knowledgable about the Northern Lights and the best settings to capture them on your camera. George even entertained us with some poetry. Worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. We were lucky to see a lot of activity.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Just Wow. So very lucky to have seen the best northern lights in quite a long time. The staff made sure you were warm an comfortable. There was a gentleman on standby to sort all camera issues or set up for novices struggling. I loved every minute of this amazing trip a real must do :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We were very lucky and saw the lights

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