Northern Lights Boat Cruise from Reykjavik

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Spend an evening sailing the beautiful waters of Faxaflói Bay on a Northern Lights boat cruise from Reykjavík!

Departing from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, this excursion will take you out between the Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes Peninsulas, into the cool breeze of the night. You’ll be in the perfect position to view the Aurora Borealis dancing amongst the stars, with nothing but the horizon in front of you and expansive skies above.

Wave goodbye to the city lights as you sail away from the coastline, en route to a location where uninterrupted darkness offers the opportunity to see this natural phenomenon in all its glory. The huge glass façade of the Harpa Concert Hall on the shores of Reykjavík will become nothing but a small, hushed glimmer in the distance as you make your way past the Island of Viðey, where the beam of light from the Imagine Peace Tower reaches high into the heavens during winter in Iceland. You’ll find yourself immersed in the spirit of the north as you turn your eyes towards the sky, in search of the enchanting green glow.

As you circle the bay on your Northern Lights hunt, your guides will share entertaining stories with you about Icelandic history, culture and the sagas. You’ll learn everything you need to know about the science behind the Aurora as well as what makes it so special to people living in the Arctic and Antarctic regions around the planet. Don’t worry too much if it gets chilly outside as you can always move within the spacious indoor cabin of the boat for a bit of warmth or to indulge in a nightcap with your fellow travellers at the bar.

While Iceland is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights, success involves a combination of luck, solar activity and favourable weather. Your guides will continually monitor the conditions to ensure that you’ll be well-placed in the best location at the right time to observe the wondrous colours of the Aurora Borealis illuminating the night.

In the event that the Aurora does not make an appearance on the night of your cruise, you will be offered a free return voucher to try again another time. This offer also applies if the conditions are not favourable for Northern Lights hunting on the night of your scheduled cruise.

Witness the magical beauty of the Aurora Borealis as you sail beneath a blanket of stars on this enchanting boat cruise from Reykjavík! Check availability by choosing a date.

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English guide
Wi-Fi onboard
Warm overalls
Bar onboard
Free voucher in case of no sightings



Sight Seeing
Boat Trip
Northern Lights

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Please note that these tours are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. The right is reserved to cancel the tour due to unfavourable weather conditions if need be.

If you want to know the status of the Aurora forecast of the night of your cruise, contact the tour operator directly.

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