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Reykjavik Northern Lights Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a sublime extravaganza of changing colors and shapes dance across the sky
  • See the spectacular Aurora Borealis in a peaceful setting
  • Understand the science behind Northern Lights
  • Glide through the Old Harbour of Reykjavik on a wonderful Northern Lights cruise
  • Complimentary warm overalls to keep the chill at bay
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    1.5 - 2.5 hours

    Start time

    01 Sep - 30 Sep:
    Hotel Pick-up: Between 9:15pm - 9:45pm, Tour starts at 10:00pm
    01 Oct - 14 Mar:
    Hotel Pick-up: Between 8:15pm - 8:45pm, Tour starts at 9:00pm
    15 Mar - 15 Apr:
    Hotel Pick-up: Between 9:15pm - 9:45pm, Tour starts at 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.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    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 to keep the chill at bay.


    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. 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service (Option based)
    • Northern Lights Show
    • Northern Lights Cruise
    • Use of warm overalls
    • English-speaking guide
  • Please note & Additional info

    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.

    Hotel pickups will start approximately half an hour before the tour start time.

    Northern lights are a natural phenomenon and very unpredictable. Weather is an important factor for the Northern Lights Cruises and we may have to cancel the tour. If the northern lights are not seen on your tour, you will be given a complimentary ticket, which is valid for two years.

    Additional info

    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.

    We recommend wearing good sturdy footwear and warm clothing including; thermals, hat, scarf and gloves

  • reviews
    • Great tour

      You get to see the city by night, that alone was great. The guides try really hard to find the lights, we were about to go back when we saw them! It is very cold so I recommend...

      Silvia, , 22/Feb/2017
    • A must do tour

      Even if like us, you don't see them the first time, you can keep going back as long as the trio goes ahead. Great communication, you get an email after 4pm to let you know if the...

      Andrew McClatchie, , 05/Feb/2017
    • Great tour & the northern lights were amazing

      We were very lucky as we got to see the northern lights even before we left the harbour! The cruise was very enjoyable, dressed in our warm overalls and with our baileys hot...

      Paula Quinn, , 11/Apr/2017
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