2.5-3 Hour Northern Lights Hunt by Boat from Reykjavik

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Sea Trips Reykjavík, Reykjavík, Iceland
2 hours
Minimum age


Sail the seas from Reykjavik in a hunt for the aurora borealis on this thrilling boat tour. All travelers coming to Iceland in winter hope to see the northern lights. With this opportunity, your experience will be particularly unique and special. 

You can start this tour by heading down to board the spacious, modern boat at the Old Harbour, or you can arrange pick-up near your Reykjavik hotel. The vessel you will be traveling on is equipped with a warm indoor seating area, a cafe, two observation decks, free Wifi, and coveralls to protect you from the cold, making it exceptionally comfortable.

When the time comes, you’ll set out from Reykjavik into the waters of Faxafloi Bay. The city skyline by night is beautiful. You’ll see Hallgrimskirkja illuminated, the glass walls of the Harpa Concert Hall alternating different colors, and countless twinkling lights of the residential homes and hotels. Furthermore, you may be able to see the dark silhouettes of some breathtaking natural features such as Mount Esja, the Reykjanes Peninsula, and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

You’ll get far enough from the city to have perfect viewing of the auroras. The only conditions required for them are a decent forecast with dark and clear skies. Once they descend from the canopy of stars above, you will be amazed by their diverse coloration, vividness, and the hypnotizing way they dance in the sky. 

There are many advantages to enjoying the northern lights in Iceland by boat. You have an uninterrupted dome of sky above you, meaning that no mountains or cliffs are blocking your view, and your spot will also not be spoiled by other tourists parking around you. Furthermore, you have a chance of seeing some wildlife as you travel, such as seals, seabirds, and dolphins. 

You’ll be on the seas for up to three hours, hopefully enjoying a life-changing show, before sailing back to the capital to walk or be driven to your accommodation.

Board a beautiful vessel and set out on an adventure to see the Northern Lights on a boat tour from Reykjavik. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Duration 2,5 – 3 hours 
Double observation deck 
Professional guides
Warm blankets & coveralls
Free Wi-Fi
Free parking
Drinks and snacks available for purchase
WC on board
Luxurious, warm interior
Pickup is available for extra charge 


Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting

What to bring

Warm clothes

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Should a poor forecast make the chances of seeing the auroras impossible, you will be permitted to join this tour another day for free.

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