Northern Lights by Boat from Reykjavik - ST03

Sail Away from the City Lights for the Ultimate Viewing Point of the Auroras

This boat tour will take you to sea, away from the city lights, in search of the magical Northern Lights whose dancing colors have left people awe-inspired throughout the ages. We will sail from Reykjavik harbor, escaping light pollution and allowing us to see this spectacular celestial light show in all its regal glory. When the multicolored lights dance across the sky and illuminate the mountains below it is a truly breathtaking experience that will remain with you for the rest of your life.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Available: Sep - Apr

Age limit: No limit

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Northern Lights seen from sea
  • Boat tour
  • Reykjavik Harbor
  • Unique view
  • Sail away from the city lights
  • Must-see in Iceland


Guided boat tour from Reykjavik Harbor, warm overalls, free WiFi on board, café/bar & souvenir shop, northern lights video and WC on the boat.


  • 10 p.m. - September & 15th of March until 15th of April
  • 9 p.m. - October until 15th of March


If you don't see the northern lights then you get a FREE ticket to try again!

10 990 per adult

Youth (7-15): 5 495

Children (0-6): FREE

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Tour Description

There is nothing like seeing the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky, a heavenly light show whose colors are as close to a supernatural experience as it is possible to have. When you see them, you will be moved by their profound beauty and the divine way their colors dance across the sky. It is a breathtaking experience, which everyone who has ever had it agrees is almost ineffable and will certainly stay with you for the rest of your life. The reflection of the lights on the water, the way they illuminate the mountains and the way they prance across the sky is unforgettable. Seeing the Aurora Borealis should be on everyone's bucket list and a must-see for anyone visiting Iceland during the Northern Lights season.

Northern lights boat tour from Reykjavik

Sail away from the city lights to see dancing lights!

Tour Itinerary

Our adventure will begin at the Old Harbour in Reykjavik, when we board our traditional Icelandic vessel and cast off in search of the elusive Aurora Borealis, cutting a smooth furrow through the North Atlantic until we reach a location that is far enough away that it is not affected by the lights of the city. On the way, our friendly guide will tell us all about the phenomena that cause the Northern Lights and teach you about some of the myths and legends that are associated with them. The whole tour will last around 2-3 hours depending on when and where the lights appear on that particular night.

We strongly recommend that you dress up warm and take advantage of the free overalls that we have onboard because the Icelandic winter can be very chilly (we also have overalls for children). There is also a bar onboard, offering hot and cold drinks and a fact-filled video that teaches you everything that you could possibly want to know about the Northern Lights.


The Northern Lights are quite tricky to catch on camera and we always have a member of the crew snapping photos, which we would be delighted to share with you the next day. If you are keen to take them yourself then we can help you to get the right camera settings.

Please note:

If the northern lights boat tour is canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions, but aurora conditions are favorable then you can join on the northern lights tour by bus AND get the chance to join the boat tour on the next available day (even if you see northern lights on the bus tour).

If during your stay, the tour does not operate at all (neither by boat or bus) due to unfavorable weather conditions, you can exchange your ticket with one of the following options: 1) A Whale Watching tour 2) A night of fun a the Whales of Iceland Exhibition (while keeping your boat ticket) 3) A full refund.

If you join the tour and there are no sightings, you can get another ticket to join on the next available day. This ticket is valid indefinitely, in case you don't get the chance to see the lights on this visit, you can always return to Iceland!

Selfie on a Northern Lights boat tour from Reykjavik

Selfie with the Northern Lights!

Disclaimer: This tour is operated by a trusted partner in Reykjavik.

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