4 star rating: Recommended 75 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • 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

Recent Photos of This Tour

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 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great trip, a long night waiting for the northern light but was well worth it!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The original booking was canceled due to weather. There was one night where it was supposed to be "the night" to see the northern lights and the company sent two boats out, one at the normal time of 9pm and an additional one at 11:30pm. The normal cruise was fully booked and we were the 11:30pm cruise. It was well worth it! The boat does provide warm suits if you get cold. We had layered up and did not need them, but most people did use them. The lights were fantastic and lasted for the entire time we were out on the boat including directly above our heads. There is a guide who gives information about the lights and where to look, but we had so many they weren't hard to find. There is also a lower deck with seats and drinks for purchase if you need a rest.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This your was amazing. Despite zero visibility and snow for a while our captain preserved. Just as we were going to return to the harbour the lights appeared in all their glory.
We spent over an hour watching them form and dance across the sky. It was amazing and I'm so pleased I chose to go

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was fantastic, well organized and great attention was given to details.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Sadly trip not running for both nights tour operator very efficient at notifying us. Viator refunded money. Would book through them again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

From USD $ 66.42

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 5477NORTHERN


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message