Northern Lights Yacht Cruise

Reykjavík, Iceland

From $89.00

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


Most people chase the northern lights in a car but you can see this natural phenomenon aboard a yacht. Depart from Reykjavik’s Old Harbor and sail past small islands until you reach an area with little to no light pollution, spotting whales and dolphins along the way. Watch the colorful lights dancing across the sky on the observation deck and warm up with a drink from the onboard bar.
  • Get uninterrupted views of the aurora borealis on a cruise
  • Receive a ticket for another day if the lights are not seen
  • Admire Reykjavik’s coastline and local wildlife from the boat
  • Stay connected and upload live photos with onboard Wi-Fi

What's Included

  • Drinks and snacks are available for purchase
  • Spacious observation decks
  • Panoramic views
  • Professional guides
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Restroom on board
  • WiFi on board

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Sea Trips Reykjavík
      Ægisgarður 5b, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

      We are located at the Reykjavík Old Harbour close to the city's center. It is the main port of departure for whale watching and northern lights tours. *Please arrive at the meeting point 30 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 125 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.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Very Good
    Nathaniel_S, Mar 2023
    Managed to see the lights without the boat moving! It was a very good night to see the lights. Had a good experience overall.
    Seeing the Northern Lights march 22 2023
    MaryAnn_L, Mar 2023
    Very cold night…hopeful about seeing the Northern lights….and we did. The tour leader/commentator was great…talked about the northern lights and how they are created and helped to guide in the viewing and finding of them. Crew was fantastic, drinks were good …great evening!
    Fantastic way to see the Northern Lights
    Abbie_M, Mar 2023
    We were very lucky to see the Northern Lights on our first night in Iceland. Amazing! Loved the yacht cruise - great guide, knowledgeable and helpful with getting the best photos possible. It was great to get away from the light pollution of Reykjavik to enhance the whole experience. It was absolutely freezing though so definitely wrap up!!
    Northern Lights by the Yacht
    Denise_H, Mar 2023
    We were on the yacht, which we had an Amazing time seeing the Northern lights. There is a little tip when going to see the Northern lights is to put your phone on Night mode and you will get the Anazing picture of this Wonderful wonder of the World. Well worth seeing.
    Good trip
    Vince_H, Mar 2023
    Great trip. Guide very good.would recommend. Maybe a free drink on the Boat to get things going. Good value for money at Sea for Two hours.
    Was not what we expected....
    Molly_G, Mar 2023
    Was not what we expected. No lights not a lot of fun. Guides nice but left feeling waste of money nothing extra
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your tour did not meet your expectations and that you did not see the Northern Lights. Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can be unpredictable at times. Despite our best efforts to provide the best possible viewing experience, we cannot guarantee sightings. We are glad to hear that you found our guides to be nice. We hope that you will give us another opportunity to provide you with a better experience in the future. All the best Iceland Discover
    Not worth the money. Worst trip!
    Agnes_R, Mar 2023
    I am disappointed. I did not have a great experience. I didn’t see the lights. I was running all around the boat to see and didn’t get anything. The worst part was that when I confronted the guide she offered to send me the lights from last week. This was one of my dream failed.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    We are sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience with us and that you were unable to see the lights. Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can be unpredictable at times. Despite our best efforts to provide the best possible viewing experience, we cannot guarantee sightings. Regarding your concerns about the guide's response, we would like to clarify that she offered to send you the lights from the previous week, as the lights are a natural phenomenon and not always guaranteed to appear. We hope that you will give us another opportunity to provide you with a better experience in the future. All the best Iceland Discover
    All the lights
    darren_p, Mar 2023
    Nice boat, wonderful guide tells you what to look for and where they are. We were fortunate to have a great show that night
    Good times even without the lights
    Anthony_N, Mar 2023
    Saw them really well the night before but day of cruise we missed out. Still a fun time. They do offer a free comeback trip I'd you miss the lights
    It was quite a...
    Jackie_D, Mar 2023
    It was quite a disappointing trip really. I know that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon & there is no guarantee that they are going to be seen. I’m sure it happens quite regularly that lights are not seen but at almost a €100 each for the trip some kind of interaction/entertainment could be provided. Not even a drink was included in the fare!! Just sitting in the boat for 2 hours.
    Go In With The Right Expectations
    Robert_D, Mar 2023
    Not sure what other people expected. The tour operator makes it pretty clear that, being a natural phenomenon, highly dependent on weather and other conditions, the Northern Lights may not be visible. Also, they do their best to make it up to you by giving a free voucher to try it again. As for my experience, I found the cruise enjoyable and beautiful. The crew was very nice. Sure, it was a little on the crowded side, but again, expected. Blankets were available, they explained just about the right amount. I guess they could’ve talked about landmarks you couldn’t see or make out, but that would’ve been frustrating. We had a lot of fun.
    Good experience but very crowded
    Montana_L, Mar 2023
    This tour was a great way to see the northern lights. The crew was fairly friendly and the lady who was the guide was lovely. She provided tips on how to get better photos and informed us of when the lights were changing/which end of the boat was best to see them when they changed. Only downside was they crammed the boat full of people so it became quite difficult to move about, take photos, and find seating. It’s also quite cold (we just went the other day in March) so bundle up! :)
    Jody_M, Mar 2023
    Didn’t see lights first night and went back the second and saw AMAZING lights. Very nice staff. Easy tickets for next night.
    Northern Lights spectacular
    Debbie_M, Mar 2023
    Wrap up warm it’s very cold out on the water. You can buy a drink on board while heading out, about an hour. Then can be crowded on deck when told the lights are starting their show, everyone goes out at once. When you see the lights via your camera it’s a surprising feeling, as to the naked eye it looks like grey swirls in the sky but through the camera they are green, mauve, red and blue. Truly a sight to behold. Everyone is very animated at this point as it is spectacular. We stayed out for about an hour & twenty then as the lights moved off we headed back to land. It is what Iceland is all about so a must on the list of top things to do.
    Amazing tour
    dawn_W, Mar 2023
    Great tour! Crew was awesome Amazing to see the Northern lights . Would love to go back and do again
    Worth every penny.
    Saumil_P, Mar 2023
    We hit the spot and the entire two hour cruise had northern lights from start to finish. Highly recommend this tour. Your get to go another day if you don’t hit the jackpot.
    Fantastic light show
    Melissa_V, Mar 2023
    We took this trip on 10th March and really enjoyed it. The location was easy to find and we departed on time. It was freezing out on deck and very windy so wrap up extra warm! It was rather busy on board but there are lots of seating areas and the bar serves really nice hot chocolate. We were so lucky to see the Northern Lights and were treated to a great show. Would 100% recommend this tour as part of your iceland trip!
    Super trip
    Sally_R, Mar 2023
    The lights showed .. the information was great to of how they form. The yacht was amazing, and staff were great and helpful
    A bucket list trip
    Samantha_A, Mar 2023
    The boat was lovely and warm with a nice bar service, the staff were friendly & informed us as soon as we were on the Northern lights. We cancelled our initial trip as the weather was bad and they moved us without hesitation.
    Northern Lights in early March
    Andrea_L, Mar 2023
    Our night sky was a bit covered but we were able to get a few good shots. Being able to check the northern lights off my bucket list is an amazing accomplishment.