Northern Lights Boat Tour from Reykjavik

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.
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.
Northern lights over the Reykjavik coast at night
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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: Sep. - Apr.
  • 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

  • Warm flotation overalls

  • Sea sickness pills

  • Pick-up (available for extra charge, please specify during booking)

  • Snacks and beverages for sale on board

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 can use your ticket number to reschedule your reservation and join another tour for free.

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, if the tour is cancel you are entitled to get full refund if you did not join this tour before or change your reservation to another day.

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.

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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
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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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This tour was not the way to start off my trip in Iceland. I received an email the day of the tour stating that our tour was actually going to be provided by someone else, and the email also left confusion as to the pick up arrangement that my friends and I had booked. I called the service provider to confirm the details and spoke with a woman who was all business and seemed eager to get me off of the phone, but at the time I didn't think much of it. My friends and I arrived 15 minutes prior to our pick up and sat in full view of the various city buses after following the directions which we got from Google Maps. We waited for our pick up time and then an additional 20 minutes in the cold after before we called the provider. The person on the phone was rude and informed me that our pick up time (8pm) wasn't actually our pick up time, but rather we could be picked up time, but rather the time that the tour started picking up passengers and that we could be picked up anytime within a 45 minute window. She then promised that she would contact the bus driver and have him call me; then she promptly hung up on me without another word. Still, the driver circled back to get us (though we had to flag him down on the street) and we made it to our boat (apparently the bus stop is not the place where the actual buses stop, but rather a separate area on a street where only tour vans stop and there is only one sign which is easily obstructed). Unfortunately, we didn't see the Northern Lights, despite repeated assurances from those on board before and during the trip that it was a cloudless night and we were likely to see them. To make matters worse, what was meant to be a small tour was actually a full whale watching boat with no seats on the deck so even if the Northern Lights had appeared, we would have been unlikely to see them. I'm sure that the captain was giving off helpful information over the loud speaker, including what to do since this tour supposedly allows you to rebook at no fee to go out until you see the lights, unfortunately, we couldn't hear a word of it. Then, to make matters worse, our driver on the ride home kept making a point to tell people other bus stops that they could get off at, promised to stop, and then drove past the bus stops. It was very confusing and anxiety inducing to say the least. After all of the stress caused by this tour, my friends and I don't want to rebook, we want a refund.
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