See the Northern Lights from the open waters of Faxaflói Bay, on this boat cruise that sets out from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour. If you’re staying in the capital but wish to escape the city lights to bask in the glow of the Aurora Borealis, this is the excursion for you.
Your adventure begins at the scenic Old Harbour by Reykjavík's city centre. The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre lights up the area with an incredible glass panel display, as you board your boat and set sails for Faxaflói Bay.
Prepare to see the Reykjavík shoreline in all its glory, until you escape the lights and are greeted by the darkness of winter. If the skies are clear, you will see the stars of the night sky shine brighter than before, with the only beacon of light being the luminous Imagine Peace Tower, where it rests in the island of Viðey.
Then, prepare yourself for a stunning display of the Northern Lights, as they dance in an array of different colours, ranging from green and pink to purple and yellow. You will spend over an hour in the waters, but don’t worry about getting cold, since the boat boasts a cosy indoor cabin with a bar which you can retreat to at any time.
Your expert local guides will share captivating stories and mythical folklore about the Northern Lights from different cultures around the world, as well as explaining the quintessential science behind this incredible natural phenomenon of the Arctic night sky.
Now, the lights show up on their own accord and can never be unquestionably guaranteed, but by reading the cloud forecast and solar wind occurrences, the lights are often able to be calculated regarding their appearance.
If, however, the Aurora doesn’t show on the night of your cruise, don’t worry, you will receive a free voucher to try again on any other night. Make use of the darkness outside Reykjavík’s shores and book your Northern Lights cruise now. Check availability by choosing a date.
If you want to know the status of the Aurora forecast of the night of your cruise, contact the tour operator directly.