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Northern Lights by Boat with Backup Activities for Bad Weather

The aurora making an appearance over the Faxaflói bay, near Reykjavík.
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2 hours
Sep. - Apr.
Minimum age


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.

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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



Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting

What to bring

Warm clothes
Good shoes

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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