1. Iceland
  2. Capital Region of Iceland
  3. Reykjavik
  4. Whales of Iceland

Reykjavik: 2-Hour Northern Lights by Boat with Backup Plan

Product ID: 149897
Chase the northern lights by boat, just 15 minutes from Reykjavik's Old Harbor. If the lights aren't visible because of clouds, you'll get a bonus experience instead.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

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  • Sail into Faxaflói Bay to search for the northern lights
  • Admire the aurora borealis from an ideal spot on the water
  • Take in a private tour at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition in cases of poor weather
Full description
Sail from Reykjavík's Old Harbor for a fantastic and unique experience chasing the famous northern lights. Your expert guide will explain the scientific facts about this amazing natural phenomenon, share stories and myths about the lights and answer all your questions. Please note that it's never guaranteed the lights will show up during the tour. 

Here's the bonus: In the event that the tour must be postponed because of cloud cover, you won't be let down. Another activity awaits you. You'll head to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition in Grandi, just minutes away from the harbor, where a guide will greet you for a tour of the exhibit. You'll see full-sized whale models and try out fun and interactive technology.

After touring the exhibit, including a fascinating 25 minute video, you'll end the night with a drink on the house and a complimentary ticket to try the Northern Lights Boat Tour again at the next available date. Please note that this tour is non-refundable, as an adventure is guaranteed regardless of weather conditions.
  • On board: Guided tour, warm overalls (children's sizes available), Wi-Fi, café and northern lights video
  • Whales of Iceland Exhibition: Exhibit entry and complimentary drink
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Aegisgardur 13, 101 Reykjavik.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that once you join the boat tour your ticket has been fully utilized and cannot be used to enter the Whales of Iceland Exhibition
• If the lights are not seen on your tour you will be given a complimentary ticket to try again on the next available boat tour
• If the boat tour is canceled due to weather you will join a private tour at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition
• It is recommended to wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The best experience and it was worth waiting to see the Northern lights after one hour patience. The guide did a great job and taught us new things about the sky and nature. I will recommend to my friends. I will post my photos on the website. Thanks for the memory

February 18, 2019

Don’t get me wrong, we went into this trip knowing we were unlikely to see the lights. I imagine if you do see them it’s bit better. Just be aware if you see nothing, its 2 hours of standing outside on a boat at night looking for them. Super windy, super choppy, never been so cold in my life!

December 8, 2019

Paid £60 to see no northern lights and was not provided with a ‘back up plan’ as stated in the description. Not enough seats on board and had to pay to download a phone app to potentially be able to see them.

November 22, 2019

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Product ID: 149897