Water activity

Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland
Water activity

Northern Lights by Boat in Reykjavik

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland
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From US$ 87.31 per person

Likely to sell out

Join us for a boat tour off the coast of Reykjavik in the North Atlantic ocean, and take in the majestic Northern Lights as they sparkle in the night sky. This 2-hour boat tour takes off from Reykjavik's harbour to a perfect spot for admiring the auroras.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail into the ocean off the coast of Reykjavik to spot the Northern Lights on this 2-hour night tour
  • Set sail from a convenient spot just 5 minutes away from the city centre
  • Admire the Aurora Borealis from an ideal spot on the water, just 15-30 minutes away from the coast
  • Take in amazing views of mountains and city lights
Full description
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 backround, is something you won't ever forget. This unique tour takes about 2 hours, departing from Reykjavik´s old harbour in a luxurious boats, either Rósin or Andrea. Enjoy great views of the beautiful coastline of the capital on the way out to search for the northern lights. In only 15-30 minutes you will be at a prime location away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras. Please remember that this tour is highly dependent on correct weather conditions. Cancellation may occur if the circumstances are not in your favour.  When the northern lights forecast looks good - but if it is too windy to go out on sea - guests will be taken out for a northern lights tour on a small private bus to hunt for the lights on land. They will be offered a spot on the next available northern lights cruise free of charge.
  • Warm overalls (includes children's sizes)
  • WiFi & heated indoor seating
  • Photos of the tour available to download for free
  • Experienced guide
  • Ticket for second trip if nothing is seen
  • App available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink

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Meeting point

Reykjavik Old Harbour.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • If you don't catch the lights during your tour you will receive a complimentary ticket to try again
  • You will be contacted if the tour is cancelled however it is strongly recommended that you double-check the weather condition for the day of your tour
  • Knowledgeable guides are available to answer any questions you may have
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 89 reviews

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We got a table inside and we're able to stay warm. When the time came, we were told that the northern lights were visible. We went outside and saw a dazzling display. We went inside as we got cold and back out to take more pictures. It was at the top of the bucket list for both me and my wife. It was a magical night that we will never forget.

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March 27, 2023

our northern lights tour was cancelled on our 1st night (Jan 1st), we were informed very early in the day thanks to Special tours and were given a back up plan at the whale museum and also rebooked for 2 nights later 3rd Jan for the boat tour. we were so fortunate to see the lights with the cloud cover that was there. the tour overall was enjoyable.

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March 27, 2023

This was an amazing experience - well organised and entertaining. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. It can get very cold on the top deck, but overalls are offered and one can purchase hot drinks and snacks on board. We saw the lights within 15 minutes of leaving the harbour and for me it was a better experience than the bus tour we took the next day. Highly recommended!

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March 27, 2023

Product ID: 26020