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Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a guided, 2.5-hour 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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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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 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

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This trip was amazing, we were lucky and saw very active northern lights the night that we decided to go! We had booked it for the next night, but decided to go the night before we booked because the sky was clear and they were predicting strong northern lights. The company is very flexible and they provide warm overalls, which is important out on the water.

Heather N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The wintersuits were warm, and we got to see the lights! Our trip was postponed from 10 to midnight due to weather, but it was well worth it because we got a better view of the night sky.

DAWNA W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A fun tour even though we only saw 2 glimpses and a hint of green lights as we were starting to head back to the harbor. If you are proud to sea sickness, this isn't the tour for you.

melissaoswald44

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Boat trip was great, unfortunately not a lot of Northern Lights action. On our first boat trip there was too much cloud cover so we did not see any Northern Lights. We were given another complimentary ticket to come back as we did not see the Northern Lights. Our second boat trip was safe and good, with a slight glimmer of the Northern Lights. Again, not much action so we have another complimentary ticket should we return again to Iceland. Nothing wrong with the boat trip, you are just relying upon a natural phenomenon. Visited in October 2016.

Killian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Didn't get to see the lights but you can keep trying if that happens lifetime guarantee!. The first night was too choppy so they organised a bus to go into the countryside instead. They provided us with cosy overalls on the boat and gave us plenty information on both the bus and the boat actually. As the night wore on, they gave us a free hot drink - I don't think this was ordinarily included, it was just quite rough and cold so they were being nice. Even though I didn't get to see the lights, they tried their best and I had a great time.
The harbour isn't perfectly dark but they go out a fair distance and it's an experience unto itself.

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!

cmkacher

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.

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