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  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $90.40

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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.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Treat a loved one on a special occasion
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).

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:

Central Reykjavik hotels

Departure Time:
Hotel pickups commence approximately 60 minutes prior to stated departure time.
2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:

Returns to original departure point

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9pm Cruise
Code: 2100

Cruise departing at 9pm

USD $90.40
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10pm Cruise
Code: 2200

Cruise departing at 10pm

USD $90.40
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Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Warm coveralls
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date, a tour by coach or a full refund. (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.Customers are welcome to join again, or swap the tour to a whale watching tour. This offer does not expire and can also be used in a few years.
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: melissaoswald44, 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.

Reviewed by: Killian M, 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.