Sail into Iceland's dark seas on a fabulous boat tour from Reykjavik's Old Harbour to hunt the northern lights over the ocean. This unique tour is perfect for anyone who has marveled over pictures of the northern lights and longs to see the spectacle for themselves.
To begin this excursion, you will take a lovely nighttime stroll through the downtown area to the harbor, only five minutes from the city center. You can arrange pick-up and drop-off from meeting points near your hotel for a small cost if you wish while booking.
Be sure to get cozy in your favorite woolly sweater, for the wind on the water can be brisk. However, you can borrow overalls for even more comfort and enjoy hot drinks on board.
As you set off, you can either keep warm in the cabin or stay on deck to watch the beautiful city skyline shrink as you head further out to sea. Reykjavik is spectacular during the day, but even more so at night with the sparkling lights of the many buildings and the vivid colors of the illuminated Harpa Concert Hall.
Once you are far enough away from the light pollution of the capital, it is time to look up to the sky. Your captain will ensure you find the most cloudless spot for a show that hopefully fills the whole sky.
Watching the northern lights from the ocean has many advantages. For example, you will be far from other tour groups hunting the same opportunity and don't need to worry about mountains or other structures blocking your view.
You are also guaranteed near complete darkness for the best experience.
The aurora borealis can appear in various shades, most commonly green and purple, but are always stunning. They also vary in how they move, dancing with great speed, undulating like gentle waves, or descending like rain.
Each experience is different, making this a tour that rewards those who book it multiple times.
Many cultures attached supernatural or religious meaning to the dancing lights. To some, they were considered bad omens or evidence of restless spirits, while others saw them as a grand dragon in the sky or a ball game between deities.
Don't forget to bring your camera and try to capture the northern lights on film! Your guides can help you with this. After two hours on the sea and hopefully an incredible light show, you'll return to the harbor.
Grab this opportunity to see the northern lights from the Icelandic seas for a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience. Check booking availability now by choosing a date.
If you did not choose pickup service, please meet us at the Reykjavik Old harbour pier 30 minutes before departure.
If you chose the pickup service, pickup starts 60 min. prior departure, please be ready at the pickup point at this time.
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.