Northern Lights Cruise From Reykjavik

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9pm or 10pm (Depending on season)
  • Departure Details :
    Special Tours, Ægisgarður 13, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Get a chance to see the magical northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, from a comfortable boat on this unique cruise from Reykjavik. Leave Iceland's coast to experience this natural phenomenon and get far away from the city lights. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you learn about the myths and scientific phenomena of the lights from your expert local guide.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples

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Board a comfortable viewing boat and leave Reykjavik's coast toward Faxafli Bay to begin your once-in-a-lifetime northern lights experience.

The northern lights (aurora borealis) create a natural light formation in the sky in the Arctics upper atmosphere, about 50 miles (80 km) high. The overwhelming appearance was named by the French philosopher Pierre Gassendi after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas.

Your expert guide will tell you all about the fascinating and beautiful northern lights, including the folklore and superstition behind them, as well as the underlying scientific facts that make this magical light show possible. Admire the stellar lights from the luxurious and cozy viewing area and warm yourself up with hot coffee, tea and chocolate and light refreshments (refreshments on own expense).


Tour guide

Warm coveralls



Food and drinks

Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (Extra Fees Apply)

Additional Info

Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Hotel pick-up: Available to book directly with supplier (Extra Fees Apply).

If you join the tour and there are no sightings, you will get another ticket to join on the next available day. No refund if you have already been on the tours and used the service. Customers are welcome to join again or swap the tour to a whale-watching tour. This offer does not expire and can also be used in the next few years.

If canceled due to inclement weather, you will be given the option to reschedule or receive a full refund (if you have not joined the tour previously). If conditions to see the lights still look good, but sea conditions are poor, you will be offered a Northern Lights by Bus tour instead. Please note that the coach tour is the same price as the boat tour, and therefore if you choose to join the coach tour in these circumstances, a refund will not be offered.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Mar-2020

    No Northern Lights, which was not the fault of the operator. However, I felt the MC was not being honest. I saw him "take" a picture in the opposite direction of where he said the lights would appear and then show that picture to everyone stating that he had caught the lights on camera. We all understood that it was cloudy and we probably would not see them, no need to make up a "sighting".

  • 24-Feb-2020

    Because of unforeseen circumstances due to the weather. Our sightseeing cruise got postponed twice. Katie was kind enough to call me ahead of time so we didn’t have to go to Reykjavik for nothing. In our 3rd night, we finally got to sail and towards the end of our cruise mother nature showed us the spectacular show we will never forget. During the cruise itself, the staff were very helpful in giving us tips on how to capture the Northern lights on our cameras.

  • 03-Feb-2020

    Never use viatour.
    They are the absolute worst cancel tour is constantly booked the wrong tours don’t book the right amount of people on the tours and then refused to refund your money

  • 18-Dec-2019

    The boat was comfortable and our guide was hilarious, and always made sure everyone knew exactly where to look. The lights weren’t strong that night but the cruise was lovely anyway, a beautiful view of the city at night.

  • 16-Oct-2019

    We were so lucky to have a clear night and excellent viewing. Our guide, Annika, was helpful in describing the lights, the sources of the colors, and the necessary settings that we would need for manual cameras. Her knowledge made it easy for me to set up my camera so that I was able to get some great shots of the lights.

  • 01-Aug-2018

    Great way to see the lights

  • 11-Jun-2018

    Would defo recommend. We went the first night but couldn't see the lights, so you get to come back as often as necessary to catch a glimpse. Some great photos on board when we did see them the second night. Staff very friendly and helpful with camera settings.

  • 24-Mar-2018

    We didn’t get to see the lights which was disappointing, but the tour guides tried their best to keep our hopes up.
    We were offered a complementary trip to go bag which was nice, but we decided to go whale watching instead.

  • 23-Mar-2018

    I cannot believe i saw the northern lights first time in my life. It was cold, even they gave us winter proof overalls.

  • 09-Mar-2018

    Quite good!

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