Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavik

Blue auroras are incredibly rare, but do occur over Iceland in winter.
Luminous auroras swirl in green and purple shades over the shores of Iceland.
Your whale-watching vessel will be reutilised for the purpose of aurora hunting.
Looking to the night sky and witnessing the Northern Lights is the greatest joy of Iceland in winter.
The rocky coast of Iceland illuminated by the aurora borealis.
Northern lights above Grótta lighthouse.
Based on 4 traveller reviews

Come sail away on a fabulous boat tour of Reykjavik’s Old Harbour to hunt the Northern Lights over the ocean. This tour is perfect for anyone who has been captivated by pictures of the Northern Lights and longs to see them with his own eyes.

Take a lovely nighttime stroll through the downtown area as you make your way to the harbour, only 5 minutes from the city centre (pick-up at your accommodation is available for an additional fee). You’ll be leaving the hustle and bustle of the bars and clubs behind, going far from the light and warmth of the city shops and heading out to the open sea.

Be sure to get cosy in your favourite woolly sweater, for the wind on the water can be brisk. As you stand in the darkness with only your guide and a small group, you can imagine that you are Vikings returning from a voyage to Norway, witnessing this colourful sight for the very first time.

Though the Vikings had many explanations for the Northern Lights, they mostly thought of them in a practical way. In one example, they reasoned that the lights were caused by the sun moving around the other side of the earth.

Other cultures attached supernatural or religious meaning to the dancing lights. Throughout the medieval period, they were considered bad omens or evidence of restless spirits. What will you see?

Don’t forget to bring your camera and try to capture the Northern Lights on film. In fact, it may be easier to get a good picture than to see with the naked eye.

Auroras can be relatively dim, and the redder light is often at the limit of what human retinas can see. Cameras, on the other hand, are often more sensitive, and with a long exposure setting and a clear dark sky you can pick up some spectacular shots.

Grab this opportunity to see the Northern Lights as the sea wind ruffles your hair. Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 2,3 hours
  • Activities: Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Hvalfjörður, Northern Lights, Esjan, Reykjavík Harbour
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 20:00 21:00,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Guided boat tour

  • English-speaking guide

  • Wi-fi on board

  • Snacks and beverages for sale on board

  • Warm flotation overalls

What to bring:
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (waterproof recommended)

  • Camera

Good to know:

If there are no sightings on the tour, you will get a ticket to join another tour on the next available day. All tours are subject to weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Your tour provider reserves the right to cancel the tour due to bad weather conditions and you will be notified as soon as possible if this occurs.

Please be aware that due to environmental reasons during certain times of the year our trips may be delivered on a shared boat with one of our partners. At Reykjavik Sailors we are committed to ensuring the environment is kept pristine by making sure fewer boats are on the water during slower periods.


Average rating 5 / Number of reviews 4

Dear sir/ madam I am writing to you because unfortunately there has been some Confusion over the pick up point for this tour, on Friday 29th we sat at bus stop no12 to which there are directions via a hypo-link on the e-voucher which can be found on the email I’m replying too, however we have been told since that there are 2 bus stop number 12’s one for the regular bus service and another directly outside the Storm Hotel which ironically we were staying at, which is for sight seeing tours. On the night of the 29th we sat for a very long time in the cold and made several phone calls to your office and were told the bus would be along soon, we waited and waited but nothing turned up again we phoned and were told it would come round for us again, eventually at 8.55pm we received a phone call to say the boat was about to leave and we had missed the trip, as a consequence we didn’t get a chance to see the northern lights which was the main reason for our trip. Please would you be kind enough to check your system and confirm firstly that your email directed us to the wrong bus stop and then be kind enough to refund our purchase completely. I look forward to hearing from very soon about this matter. Kind regards Tim Peirson

A fantastic evening and Northern Lights out in full glory. Guide, captain and crew were very welcoming and worked hard to get us to the right place.

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