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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 February 2016

Great trip .The Northern Lights are not guarantee every night it depends on cloud cover etc but if they cancel the trip or you go out and dont see anything they let you go on another day free of charge so go at the beginning of your stay so you have time if you go again.Having said that we were very lucky and saw a good wonderful display from mother nature.Be aware your camera has to be set up right to capture the lights the crew can advise you and sometimes they post the nights photos taken by the crew on their facebook page. Wrap up warm and also put on the warm suits they let you borrow people who did put the suits on stayed inside most of the time because it was so cold.My wife and I stayed outside the whole 3 hours it was a trip I will never forget.When you get back to the harbour the minibus is waiting for you to take you home very well organised.

Margaret F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great trip to see northern lights. Hotel pick up was great and boat and crew were lovely. saw the lights after about 20 mins at sea and they were still there when we docked. One tip if you are not sure how to take pictures of the lights there is a professional photographer on board who can help you set your camera up.

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Saw the lights as we were setting off out of port, great experience and lovely crew.

Michael s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Well organized and pleasant. The tour announcer was delightful and added so much to the experience. He really gave his all and we appreciated it. Having to entertain a crowd for two hours in a monologue is not easy, but he did it smooth as silk.

Jing Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We went for the cruise as soon as we arrived in Reykjavik and it was REALLY cold. There are overalls and hot beverages on board and they were essential. The tour was fun and enjoyable when everybody was looking into the sky hoping to find the light. We didn't have any luck seeing the northen light due to poor weather but was offered a second chance for free. I highly recommend the cruise tour but do check the forcast before booking.

Sharlene G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Even though we did not really get to see the lights, the entertainment between the poetry reading and Maria was really great. We were given the option to go again but due to the weather were unable to but had an awesome 4 course dinner which was really great. Highly recommended.

Bryan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were initially hesitant to go out when the bus picked us up in the rain, but after riding out the bad weather on the boat, we were treated to some beautiful displays of Northern Lights. The crew was knowledgeable and friendly, and even helped me set up my DSLR for taking photos of the lights. The snow suits kept us warm on deck, and we ended up glad that we made the trip!

Amanda K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

All tours are well organised and really enjoyable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fantastic. Northern lights were out in full force. The perfect ending to our trip.

Denise H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Lots to see

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