Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

Reykjavík, Iceland

From $87.83

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a guided 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 (if option selected).
  • 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
  • 10% discount ticket to the Aurora Reykjavik Museum included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Being on the water gets you away from the crowds and light pollution on land.

What's Included

  • Use of thermal overalls - also available in children's sizes!
  • Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour
  • Free WiFi & heated indoor seating
  • Pictures taken on every tour, available to download free of charge
  • Crew members can be asked for photography assistance on board if needed
  • NEW - Special Tours App (available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
  • Food and drink (can be purchased on board)
  • Hotel transfers (can be added for an additional fee)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Special Tours
    Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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 your tour, return to the start point and finish with a hotel drop-off (if option selected).

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions.
  • If cancelled due to inclement weather you will be given the option to reschedule or receive a full refund (if you have not joined the tour previously). If conditions to see the lights still look good, but sea conditions are poor, you will be offered a Northern Lights by Bus tour instead. 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. This offer does not expire and can also be used in a few years.
  • Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (Extra Fees Apply).
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 198 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

By heading away from the city lights out into the sea, it gives you a very clear view.
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Northern Lights on board
Carol_K, Mar 2023
Great crew and knowledgable guides . The lights don’t always appear to order, luckily they came out just as we we about to abort the evening, and then crew extended the trip to allow full viewing .
Great evening on the boat
Louise_W, Mar 2023
Great night on the boat, crew were friendly and happy to wait longer to see the lights once they had heard they may appear. Fantastic night
Quite the hostess
Luke_E, Feb 2023
The staff Friendly, informative and helpful. Difficult to see them on the cruise might have a better chance on a snow mobile but can't fault the service itself
Fab tour
Georgina_G, Feb 2023
Great tour, well organised and very informative guide Lukas was fab and so was the rest of the staff. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse or two of the lights which was amazing
Disappointing and not just because of no northern lights
Martin_I, Feb 2023
Disappointing and not just because we saw no northern lights. The boat we were placed in was very small and cramped. Nothing like what was described to us. Very little explanation at the beginning, just everyone struggling to put on the weather-proof suits on a shaky boat with little space to move. The toilet seat even had tape on the seat. The promised hot chocolate/bar/cafe advertised was simply a tiny dark kitchen in the back with nobody attending it, no explanation as to whether or not we had to pay (there was a cash register), with chocolate bars, doritoes and Swiss mix powder choco and a hot water kettle, no milk. Nobody made use of it. Little to no explanation by the guide up on the deck, she missed the 2-3 sightings of lights while distracted hanging out with the crew inside the captain’s room. We froze, didn't get to see any lights and lights and the last 40 minutes were simply miserable, with the boat rocking excessively due to the speed and the weather conditions. Overall a waste of 90 dollars with and a very unpleasant experience. The hospitality displayed as well as the boat itself felt more like a third world country product, sadly.
Looking for Northern Lights in the rain
Yolanda_S, Jan 2023
We scheduled this Northern Lights cruise hoping for good weather. The day of the cruise it was pouring rain and there was absolutely no chance of anyone seeing the Northern Lights. Other northern lights tours canceled when the weather made the viewing impossible. We sat on the boat for two hours listening to the Captain giving trivia about the Northern Lights and telling lame jokes. What a waste of money and time. They should have been honest, canceled and refunded our money.
Northern Lights by boat
Maureen_J, Jan 2023
We went in the boat as we thought there would be less light pollution however this was not the case.
Northern lights cruise
ajtplumbing, Dec 2022
Sailed at 9pm back in for 11:30pm Didn’t take long for the lights to appear. Crew were helpful with best ways to take photos When you put the cold weather suits on go larger
They deliver on the lights
Patrick_W, Dec 2022
They predicted the aurora that they hit it. Never a guarantee but these guys give you the best chance of seeing the lights.
We saw the lights!
Dawn_H, Dec 2022
We travelled on the boat called Andrea. It's a good size boat with a lot of seating on lower deck. The guide was very chatty and knowledgeable. We were fortunate enough to see the lights and the guide explained how to take the best photos. We also saw shooting stars and constellations as it was a very cold, clear note. Great trip.
I was so lucky to see the...
Alejandra_V, Dec 2022
I was so lucky to see the Northern Lights. They were AMAZING!! This has been one of the best experiences in my life!! The boat and the guide were good. However, that night was so windy and the boat was moving a lot, a bit scary. Besides, it was difficult to take good pictures... I would prefer to do the tour by car.
I recommend this trip!
LesleyAnne_G, Dec 2022
If you get the chance to book this boat trip I would highly recommend it. We originally booked for last night however the lights were not visible due to cloud cover. We were offered the chance to return on another trip for free and I'm so glad we did tonight as the lights were visible and wonderful to see!
Great value for money
Sarah_M, Nov 2022
The weather was good so the northern lights were visible and plenty of them. The tour guide was brilliant
Amazing lights
calum_s, Nov 2022
We were lucky enough to see the famous Northern lights on our first evening in Iceland. Travelling by boat and away from the city was the perfect location for them and what a display it was. Its hard to explain how good they were. If we were unfortunate and didnt see them it would of still been a fun trip with the guide being really informative. Wrap up as it gets cold out at sea!
No lights, but fun adventure!
Ellen_C, Oct 2022
Despite the wind and cold and rain and especially the clouds that rolled in instead of out…it was a fun adventure. The stories our guide shared and his humor way of story-telling were great! So was the hot chocolate with Bailey’s!
Worth the trip
Andrea_R, Oct 2022
Unfortunately we didn’t see any northern lights, but obviously that is not the crew’s fault. Despite that the crew was informative, nice, and tried to give us the best experience they could.
Michelle_W, Oct 2022
After it had rained all day, the clouds finally parted and we got clear skies and we had a beautiful light show.... Most of the lights you see cannot be seen by the naked eye. You have to use your camera, so make sure you have your camera ready at all times. The staff are super friendly and told us exactly where to look. Highly highly highly recommend putting on the jumpsuit. It's very cold and windy out on the water.
Unfortunate weather but operator should have cancelled.
James_K, Mar 2022
So .. it turns out - this is really weather dependent on the sun and in iceland ! So chances can be slim. Our first night was cancelled - so they offered a refund or deferral to second night. We (stupidily) went for the second night. The weather was worse on the second night, and solar forecast was very low - so I rang around 2pm to say - is it stil on ? and id prefer to cancel (as there was zero chance) and didnt want to be stuck on a boat for 2 hours in the rain. They said the 24 hour policy is no refund. Turns out - most other operators cancelled their trips but our crowd didnt cancel so we just lost the money. They really should have just cancelled it. My advice ? It a big boat - dont book this until the morning of the day - wait t see the weather. Otherwise you might end up paying when you dont need to.
A must do
abigail_n, Feb 2022
One of the best experiences of my life, everyone was so friendly and the man doing the voice over was very informative, the lights were incredible. 1000% recommended
Good trip but no lights
Christina_D, Feb 2022
Trip was good, comfortable and well organised but unfortunately we didn’t see the lights so that was a little disappointing.