Northern Lights by Boat
Experience a hunt for the Northern Lights at sea!
The original Northern Lights by Boat tour in Iceland!
Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North-Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background is something you won't forget!
We sail out from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik and in only 15-20 minutes we will be in a prime location away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras! The guide will share with you facts on the science behind this magical phenomenon that the Northern Lights are and tell you about the stories & myths from different cultures around the world. The tour takes about 2-2,5 hours depending on how early/late the lights might appear.
We recommend putting on our free overalls on-board that will keep you nice and warm out on the deck, listening to what the guide has to say about the lovely colours dancing in the sky.
Throughout the tour we show our very own original Northern Lights video, full of interesting facts and folklore! So if you are cold you can grab a drink at the bar and cozy up inside watching the video or just simply enjoy the view of the city lights in the distance with your friends/family.
Useful tip: We always have a crew member taking pictures on the night so instead of taking a long time figuring out the right settings for your camera, enjoy the moment and email us for the pictures the next day! (If you are eager to learn we can also assist you in getting the settings right)
Rating: 4 stars
"Amazing crew - great experience"
- Guided boat tour
- Warm overalls!
- Wireless internet on board
- Café/Bar & Souvenir shop
- Our very own Northern Lights video
- WCs on board!
- Availability: 1st September - 15th April
- Duration: 2-2,5 hours
- Departures: See Schedule
- Guidance: English
- Additional information: We recommend warm clothes, good footwear as the decks can be slippery/icy & patience in the hunt for the Northern Lights.
Please have a read through our terms & conditions
What if the weather is not favourable?
These tours are subject to correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. We reserve the right to cancel the tour due to unfavourable weather conditions if need be. Take a look at our terms & conditions for further information.
If the northern lights boat tour is cancelled, but aurora conditions are favourable, we offer a replacement northern lights tour by bus, plus a chance to join the boat tour the next available day (even if you see the lights on the bus)
If the tour does not operate at all (boat or bus) during your stay due to unfavourable weather conditions, you can exchange your ticket/voucher with one of the following options*:
- A Whale Watching Tour
- A delicious dinner at Kopar, one of the most popular restaurants in Reykjavik
- Or a full refund. (*All options cost the same amount or more as your northern lights by boat ticket).
If you join the tour (boat or bus) and there are no sightings you will get another ticket to join us on the next available day. This ticket is valid indefinitely - so if you dont have another chance this time around we welcome you back when you visit Iceland again!
Dress tip: Dress according to Iceland weather and dont forget your hats & gloves. Our staff always do their best to keep the boat decks clear of ice/snow - but we do recommend wearing good shoes on the tour as the weather can change quickly.
[IMPORTANT INFORMATION]We always try our best to give our passengers the best possible chance to see the Northern Lights - however it is important to know that we can never guarantee sightings, this is a hunt for a natural phenomenon.
We use the weather forecast to find out the cloud cover on the night & the strength of the lights. We will always sail out when there is a chance of visibility as we do not want our passengers missing out on a chance to see the auroras.
We kindly ask you to be positive, embrace your patience and keep your fingers crossed!