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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a guided boat cruise from Reykjavik. The still waters of Faxaflói Bay make an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Northern Lights. Learn all about Mother Nature’s fireworks display from a guide, sip a warm drink on board (own expense), and enjoy hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected).
  • 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
  • 10% discount ticket to the Aurora Reykjavik Museum included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Being on the water gets you away from the crowds and light pollution on land.

What's Included

  • Use of thermal overalls - also available in children's sizes!
  • Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour
  • Free WiFi & heated indoor seating
  • Pictures taken on every tour, available to download free of charge
  • Crew members can be asked for photography assistance on board if needed
  • NEW - Special Tours App (available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
  • Food and drink (can be purchased on board)
  • Hotel transfers (can be added for an additional fee)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Special Tours
    Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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 your tour, return to the start point and finish with a hotel drop-off (if option selected).

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions.
  • If cancelled due to inclement weather you will be given the option to reschedule or receive a full refund (if you have not joined the tour previously). If conditions to see the lights still look good, but sea conditions are poor, you will be offered a Northern Lights by Bus tour instead. Please note that the coach tour is the same price as the boat tour, and therefore if you choose to join the coach tour in these circumstances, a refund will not be offered.
  • If you join the tour and there are no sightings you will get another ticket to join on the next available day. No refund if you have already been on the tours and used the service. This offer does not expire and can also be used in a few years.
  • Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (Extra Fees Apply).
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 198 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

By heading away from the city lights out into the sea, it gives you a very clear view.
277 reviews
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I recommend this trip!
LesleyAnne_G, Dec 2022
If you get the chance to book this boat trip I would highly recommend it. We originally booked for last night however the lights were not visible due to cloud cover. We were offered the chance to return on another trip for free and I'm so glad we did tonight as the lights were visible and wonderful to see!
Great value for money
Sarah_M, Nov 2022
The weather was good so the northern lights were visible and plenty of them. The tour guide was brilliant
Amazing lights
calum_s, Nov 2022
We were lucky enough to see the famous Northern lights on our first evening in Iceland. Travelling by boat and away from the city was the perfect location for them and what a display it was. Its hard to explain how good they were. If we were unfortunate and didnt see them it would of still been a fun trip with the guide being really informative. Wrap up as it gets cold out at sea!
No lights, but fun adventure!
Ellen_C, Oct 2022
Despite the wind and cold and rain and especially the clouds that rolled in instead of out…it was a fun adventure. The stories our guide shared and his humor way of story-telling were great! So was the hot chocolate with Bailey’s!
Worth the trip
Andrea_R, Oct 2022
Unfortunately we didn’t see any northern lights, but obviously that is not the crew’s fault. Despite that the crew was informative, nice, and tried to give us the best experience they could.
Michelle_W, Oct 2022
After it had rained all day, the clouds finally parted and we got clear skies and we had a beautiful light show.... Most of the lights you see cannot be seen by the naked eye. You have to use your camera, so make sure you have your camera ready at all times. The staff are super friendly and told us exactly where to look. Highly highly highly recommend putting on the jumpsuit. It's very cold and windy out on the water.
Unfortunate weather but operator should have cancelled.
James_K, Mar 2022
So .. it turns out - this is really weather dependent on the sun and in iceland ! So chances can be slim. Our first night was cancelled - so they offered a refund or deferral to second night. We (stupidily) went for the second night. The weather was worse on the second night, and solar forecast was very low - so I rang around 2pm to say - is it stil on ? and id prefer to cancel (as there was zero chance) and didnt want to be stuck on a boat for 2 hours in the rain. They said the 24 hour policy is no refund. Turns out - most other operators cancelled their trips but our crowd didnt cancel so we just lost the money. They really should have just cancelled it. My advice ? It a big boat - dont book this until the morning of the day - wait t see the weather. Otherwise you might end up paying when you dont need to.
4 travelers found this review helpful
A must do
abigail_n, Feb 2022
One of the best experiences of my life, everyone was so friendly and the man doing the voice over was very informative, the lights were incredible. 1000% recommended
Good trip but no lights
Christina_D, Feb 2022
Trip was good, comfortable and well organised but unfortunately we didn’t see the lights so that was a little disappointing.
2 travelers found this review helpful
The best experience ever
Van_T, Jan 2022
It was an amazing tour. The staff was very informative and told us when it was a good time to come outside to see the lights so we didn't have to freeze the whole time. The snacks were delicious. The waffle was amazing with hot coffee. They also provided free over the counter meds for those with motion sickness. I went whale watching with another company and it was horrendous. The boat was rocking the whole time and I threw up 3 times. They should have provided meds as well but didn't. I ended up not taking the meds because the ride was so smooth. Also, watching the northern in complete darkness out at sea was an amazing way to experience it. I have friends who didn't go this route that regretted it. Book with this company. Everything was well organized and smooth sailing :)
Terrible tour
Manisha_D, Dec 2021
The cabin crew and the guide was not informative at all.... One cannot even hear what they are saying from the cabin.... I agree that finding lights is sheer luck however the mismanagement from the crew made it worse... We tried to drift away from the city and we were circling around a spot for almost one hour with barely any audible update from the crew.... By the time we saw something the cruise started moving back.... Surprisingly we saw better lights on the way back home on top of the apartment.... Something which we would have seen better from the cruise if waited longer... All in all would not recommend this trip or cruise for northern lights..
1 traveler found this review helpful
Boat Cruise
Arax_B, Dec 2021
The tour was fine, the boat was fine but I did not see the Northern Lights and it is disappointing to keep going on tour over and over, and waste 3 hours every night until you see them, so I tried twice and still no luck. The locals recommend doing it by land not boat
2 travelers found this review helpful
Fantastic trip.
Stephen_P, Dec 2021
A really enjoyable boat trip, staff were very helpful. Food and drink is quite expensive so try and bring your own. Saw the Northern Lights at the very end of our boat trip.
Well worth the wait
Caroline_A, Nov 2021
Our original tour was postponed due to unfavourable weather. This was communicated very well to us. We rebooked for a few nights later when the kp rating was 4. The lights took a long time to show themselves but finally got going about 23.30 when we should have been heading back to harbour. The crew kindly lengthened the trip so we could all enjoy the spectacle (and then apologised for making us late home!) Due to Covid rules, the boat wasn’t full so we had plenty of space on the top deck. It was a calm still night so no one needed the extra overalls offered. We were extremely lucky with the conditions and the cruise was an easy way of seeing the lights but the skies were not as dark as I thought they would be - not helped by a very bright moon! - but in the end it didn’t matter. Thanks very much to Special Tours for a memorable night.
Good tour, great people!
Kari_B, Nov 2021
It was a cool tour. We saw some lights but then went back into the ship as the wind was very cold. The people running the boat were great!
It was a bust. Cloudy...
Teresa_A, Oct 2021
It was a bust. Cloudy and no northern lights. Boat trip was good. Said we could try again at no cost but weather did not cooperate.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Cold night in the bay
Edward_S, Oct 2021
Friendly people Exhaust fumes Glad they are offering a redo if the weather improves Could use more guidance on photography
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great times seeing the lights!
Hillary_D, Oct 2021
We saw the Northern Lights! It had been a very rainy and cloudy day, so we were a little nervous, but were reassured that should we *not* see them, we could come back another night. Leaving the harbor, we made friends with other tour goers, and our excellent guide Iga kept us all entertained with facts and stories about the Northern Lights as we sailed out into the darkness. It took a few hours, but the sky began to clear and we were able to see stars. Right around the time it was to turn around to return to port--we saw the lights! Our captain and crew then gave us more time out at sea to capture pictures and view the lights as the grew across the sky. We were so appreciative of Iga and her crew's willingness to extend our time so we could enjoy this phenomenon!
A fantastic trip. We were...
Anna_B, Oct 2021
A fantastic trip. We were incredibly lucky to see the northern lights very quickly and dancing around the sky. Both guides were brilliant, entertaining and knowledgeable. It does get pretty cold at night time but they provide warm suits for everyone onboard.
Appreciated the Staff Staying Longer
Kimberly_H, Oct 2021
We were pretty sure that we weren’t going to see anything that night with the cloud cover. However, close to midnight the clouds finally moved on and we were able to see the green tint in the sky. Appreciated what the staff did in staying later and the information they gave on shooting photos to capture the lights. :)
2 travelers found this review helpful


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