Northern Lights & Stargazing
Northern Lights & Stargazing
Horse Riding & Northern Lights Hunting by Boat
Horse Riding & Northern Lights Hunting by Boat
3-Day Private Tour of Iceland | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and the South Coast
3-Day Private Tour of Iceland | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and the South Coast
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Northern Lights by Boat with Backup Activities for Bad Weather

Northern Lights by Boat with Backup Activities for Bad Weather
The aurora making an appearance over the Faxaflói bay, near Reykjavík.
A model of a whale in the Whales of Iceland museum, lit in blue.
A whale watching boat, also used to scout for the northern lights, lying at the Reykjavík Harbour.
A piece of a life sized model of a whale at the Whales of Iceland exhibition.
Northern lights shining in the sky on a dark winter night in south Iceland.
A mother and her child making memories at the Whales of Iceland exhibition.

Don’t be left with nothing to do on a winter night in Iceland, by booking this Northern Lights cruise that guarantees a back-up tour if the weather is unfavourable. This is the perfect way to make sure you won’t be disappointed by a planned night in Reykjavík.

All going to plan, you will take the tour detailed below, but in case of bad weather, you will instead go for a guided tour to the Whale of Iceland Exhibition by the harbour. This fantastic museum has life-sized models of all 23 whale and dolphin species seen around Iceland. You’ll get a complimentary drink, and, of course, a ticket to try northern lights hunting another night.

If the sky is clear and the forecast good, however, you’ll board a ship at the same harbour, and set off onto Faxaflói Bay. As the sky darkens, you’ll keep your eyes peeled for any sign of the incredible, ethereal aurora borealis.

When they start to descend, you’ll be in awe of their surreal beauty. Greens, purples, and a range of other colours swirl and dance amongst a canopy of stars like something from another world. The sea is one of the best places to watch nature’s greatest show, as the only light pollution will be from the distant city lights of Reykjavík.

While you wait for the lights (or after them), you are welcome to stay warm indoors on the boat; there is a large, heated cabin with comfortable seats, complete with restrooms and a cafe.

After two hours, hopefully, complete with a fantastic show, you’ll be returned to Reykjavík’s harbour. If you were not lucky enough to see the auroras, you will get a ticket to try again.

Witness the Northern Lights, or visit a fantastic museum and try again the next night, with this flexible tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Dec.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói
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.

  • English speaking guide

  • Free wi-fi on board

  • Warm overalls

  • Free ticket to try again if there are no sightings

  • Guaranteed night of fun if tour is cancelled due to weather conditions

  • Food & drink

  • Transfers

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

Please note that these tours are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. If we do not have suitable weather conditions for the boat tour, we still guarantee a night of adventure at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. You are automatically moved to this tour and will receive a ticket for the boat tour on the next available day.

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