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Seek out the Northern Lights on a guided boat cruise from Reykjavik. The tranquil waters of Faxaflói Bay make an ideal spot for stargazing and seeing the sometimes elusive Northern Lights. Learn all about Mother Nature’s fireworks display from an onboard guide, and enjoy a hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off, too.


  • 2.5-hour cruise from Reykjavik to see the northern lights
  • Hear myths and scientific explanations about aurora borealis from your guide
  • See this natural phenomenon from the water
  • 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

Choose from one of two evening start times when you book. After a hotel pickup from Reykjavik, step aboard a sightseeing boat and cruise out into the waters of Faxaflói Bay to search for the Northern Lights. 

The natural phenomenon occurs when particles in the Earth’s atmosphere collide, producing vivid colors in the sky. Learn all about the Northern Lights from your guide, and separate scientific facts from fictional myth. Get out on deck to stargaze outdoors, or hunker down in the viewing area with a hot drink. Refreshments are available to purchase, if you wish.

After 2.5 hours on the water, return to the start point and finish with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Ali United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Worked out perfectly. We saw the show from the boat bingo. September is a very good time of the year to see the dancing Northern Lights!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We saw a truly spectacular display of northern lights on a clear night in the bay of Reykjavik. The warm jumpsuits were great to have as we watched from the top deck of the boat. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave a great explanation of the science behind what we were experiencing. Great tour!

Carolyn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The night was perfect. There was only a sliver of the moon showing so it was perfectly dark for viewing stars and showers of green light. The girl narrating from the bridge was very knowledgable about the night sky and the man reciting the poem was delightful! We all were very blessed to be there!!

Jeffrey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My tour was nothing short of spectacular! We went very late in the season and were not expecting to see any lights. Turns out we saw lights from the beginning to the end of our tour. The stories, poems, and songs were an additional bonus. I highly recommend this your to anyone who goes to Iceland!

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

You're at the mercy of Mother Nature on this one...but we lucked out and saw a great show! The tour operators were great - just be sure to get there early to get a good seat on the top deck! It gets crowded.

Urszula M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our Cruise was cancelled the first night but there was no problem to move it for other day or get the money back, so we moved for the next night, we had a fantastic time. It's worth going at this Cruise. It's something you have to see for yourself :

Lawrence C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We were very luck to see the Northern Light display as soon as the boat left the harbor far enough.

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

These tours, like everything we did in Reykjavik, were really well organized and friendly. The boats provide coveralls to keep you warm - these are 1 very needed and 2 in good condition - make sure you wear plenty of layers as well though.

The trip only runs if there's at least some chance you'll see lights. We got super lucky and went out on a night when there was a truly awesome northern lights show. Obviously, there's nothing anyone can do to guarantee you get to see them, but I really got the impression that effort was being made to ensure we got the best possible experience.

Tina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic trip. Very cold but definitely worth it as saw a wonderful display of the aurora borealis. You have an option of a larger boat which is a bit slower but more comfortable or a smaller boat which is faster. Warm coveralls to help with the cold and a snack bar on both means you can keep warm with a hot cup of something wet. We selected the smaller boat which was faster and fun when they sped up on the way back. Definitely a must when in Iceland.

Julia Deutschland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We saw the Northern Lights!!!! So amazing. We really enjoyed the cruise. Totally worth the wait and the cold. However, it may be a bit difficult to take nice pictures with a standard camera as the boat moves a lot with the waves. So, if you are there for the pictures, maybe the bus tour is more recommendable.

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