Northern Lights Boat Tour

Come sail away on a fabulous boat tour of Reykjavik’s Old Harbor to hunt the Northern Lights over the ocean! This is for anyone who has been captivated by pictures of the Northern Lights and longs to see them with their own eyes.

Take a lovely nighttime stroll through the downtown area as you make your way to the harbor, only 5 minutes from the city center (pick-up at your accommodation is available for an additional fee). You’ll be leaving the excitement of the bars and clubs behind, and going far from the light and warmth of the city shops and heading out to the open sea.

Be sure to get cozy in your favorite woolly sweater, for the wind on the water can be brisk. As you stand in the darkness with only your guide and a small group, you can imagine that you are Vikings returning from a voyage to Norway, witnessing this colorful sight for the very first time.

Though the Vikings had many explanations for the Northern Lights, they mostly thought of them in a practical way. In one example, they reasoned that the lights were caused by the sun moving around the other side of the earth. Other cultures attached supernatural or religious meaning to the dancing lights. Throughout the medieval period, they were considered bad omens or evidence of restless spirits. What will you see?

Don’t forget to bring your camera and try to capture the Northern Lights on film. In fact, it may be easier to get a good picture than to see with the naked eye. Auroras can be relatively dim, and the redder light is often at the limit of what human retinas can see. Cameras, on the other hand, are often more sensitive, and with a long-exposure setting and a clear dark sky you can pick up some spectacular shots.

Grab this opportunity to see the Northern Lights as the sea wind ruffles your hair! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Activities: Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Northern Lights
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 20:00, 21:00

Pickup starts 60 min before departure.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure.

Disclaimer for pick ups

Pick-ups must be booked with a minimum of one hour before the tours departure time, all pick-ups booked after that will be discarded.

  • Guided boat tour

  • English-speaking guide

  • Wi-fi on board

  • Snacks and beverages for sale on board

  • Warm flotation overalls

What to bring:
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (waterproof recommended)

  • Camera

Good to know:

If there are no sightings on the tour, you will get a ticket to join another tour on the next available day. All tours are subject to weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Your tour provider reserves the right to cancel the tour due to bad weather conditions and you will be notified as soon as possible if this occurs.

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