Northern Lights by Boat from Reykjavik - E0102

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

Fully licensed travel agency & tour operator

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: 1,5-2,5 hours

Available: Sep - Apr

Age limit: No limit

Difficulty: Easy

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


  • Guided boat tour from Reykjavik Harbor
  • Warm overalls
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Café/bar & souvenir shop
  • Northern lights video
  • A bathroom on the boat

Meeting location:

Old Harbor in the downtown area at the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Ægisgarður 13, 101 Reykjavík


  • 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

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.

Admiring Lady Aurora from out boat

Admiring Lady Aurora from out boat

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, we will show our very own original Northern Lights video, full of interesting facts and folklore! It 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 tour guide will help you enjoy the lights and cruise to the fullest by giving you information about the auroras as well as answering any questions you may have.

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.

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 windy and chilly. We also have overalls for children. The whole tour will last around 1,5-2,5 hours depending on when and where the lights appear on that particular night.


The Northern Lights are quite tricky to catch on camera but our expert guides will take pictures on the tour which you can find in Special Tour's daily diary to see the photos!

Meeting location

The meeting location is at the Old Harbor in the downtown area at the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Ægisgarður 13, 101 Reykjavík.

A crazy northern lights show

A crazy northern lights show

NOTE: As the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we cannot guarantee that we will see them. If the lights fail to make an appearance you can try again the next day or any other day at your convenience. You are free to go as many times as needed (within two years) to catch the show - at no extra cost!

Our Northern Lights watching boat

Our Northern Lights watching boat

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