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Reykjavik Northern Lights Cruise

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Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
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  • Glide through the Old Harbour of Reykjavik on a wonderful Northern Lights cruise
  • See the spectacular Aurora Borealis in a peaceful setting
  • Enjoy a complimentary hot drink and don warm overalls to keep the chill at bay
  • English-speaking expert guide

The Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular shows on Earth. Observe the green and pink lights dance across the dark sky aboard a comfortable boat.

Sail out from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour and see the bright lights of the aurora borealis. The phenomenon is created when electrically charged particles from the sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere. The displays can appear in many colours and forms – pale green and pink are the most common colours but also shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet have been reported.

Northern Lights are generally best viewed in areas with little or no population because of the lack of light pollution from cities. Small communities in the North tend to be the best, making Iceland one of the best places to go hunting for the spectacular light show put on my Mother Nature.

You will be provided with warm overalls and a hot drink to keep the chill at bay.

Customer reviews

This cruise was definitely worth the money. The operators were great. The only down side was that if anyone has mobility issues it can be a tough go. Steep gangway and a large...

Pauline R Campbell Canada
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You will be picked-up from your hotel in Reykjavík or make your own way to Reykjavik’s Old Harbour for your Northern Lights Cruise.

Before boarding your boat, the stage will be set with an informative Northern Lights Show. When on board, there are excellent viewing platforms where you will be able to enjoy the spectacular light show wrapped up in warm overalls provided by the tour operator, and with a free hot drink in hand. If you wish, you can also sit down in the heated lounge and relax. There are light refreshments available on board and your expert guide will make sure your evening goes smoothly.

After your magical cruise you will be transported back to your hotel. Alternatively, you can make your own way back to your accommodation if you wish.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher

Due to weather conditions if the boat does not operate, you will be offered the chance to go on the Northern Lights tour by bus (if the bus tours operate) or you can choose to go on the cruise on a different day. The bus tour does cost less and the appropriate amount will be refunded.
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off service (Option based)
  • Northern Lights Show
  • Northern Lights Cruise
  • Complimentary warm drink
  • Use of warm overalls
  • English-speaking guide
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
15 Sep - 15 Apr: Daily
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Start time
15 Sep - 15 Oct:
Hotel Pick-up: Between 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Tour start: 10:00pm
16 Oct - 14 Mar:
Hotel Pick-up: Between 8:15pm - 8:45pm
Tour start: 9:00pm
15 Mar - 15 Apr:
Hotel Pick-up: Between 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Tour start: 10:00pm
Meeting point
Northern Lights Cruise with Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik 45 minutes before your selected tour time. (please provide the details of your hotel when booking)
Northern Lights Cruise without Transport: Make your way to Reykjavík's Old Harbour at Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík.
Ending point
You will be transported back to your hotel at the end of the tour or you can make your own way back to your accommodation if you wish.
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera to capture the sights!

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No cancellation fees

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We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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