Northern Lights by Boat

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience, not to be missed! Watch the city lights fade away as you sail from the coastline of Reykjavík to search for the beautiful aurora borealis.

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  • Duration: 2 Hours
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Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavík to search for the aurora borealis! Watch the city lights fade into the background as you head out into the North-Atlantic with beautiful mountains across the bay. Our expert guide will tell you all about the northern lights, including myths and legends from around the world & the underlying scientific facts that make this magical light show possible. This tour is 2-3 hours long depending on sightings, and our crew can provide photography assistance on board. 

Travel in comfort and style to reach the perfect location to view the northern lights out in Faxaflói Bay on this 2-3 hour tour.


  • Guided boat cruise to search for the Northern Lights
  • Learn about the myths, legends and science behind the auroras
  • Hot beverages and refreshments sold on board

Important information

This tour is dependent on weather conditions and sightings of naturally occurring phenomena cannot be guaranteed.

Our experienced captains make the decision to sail each day based on the most up-to-date forecasts.

We can never guarantee sightings on the tour, but if nothing is seen we offer a FREE ticket to try again - valid indefinitely! 

What’s included

  • 2-3 hour Northern Lights by Boat tour
  • Experienced guide on every departure
  • Warm overalls (also available in children's sizes!)
  • Heated indoor seating areas
  • Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour!
  • WC's, snack bar & WiFi on board
  • Pictures taken on every tour, available to download free of charge
  • Friendly crew can assist with photography and camera settings if needed

What do I need to bring

We recommend wearing warm clothes & sturdy shoes. Don't forget your camera!

Customer Reviews

Great trip out at night to look for the Aurora Borealis


Great trip out at night to look for the Aurora Borealis. Crew was FANTASTIC! Plus seeing the aurora within the first 5 minutes was also pretty cool. Would highly recommend them.

Trish S • 17 Mar 2018

Fantastic experience.


We had a fantastic experience on our Northern Lights Tour. Our hotel staff told us how to get to the harbour, which was only a ten minute walk from our hotel. When we got to the Special Tours kiosk, we were checked in and we walked to the boats. Staff was welcoming when we chose the boat we wanted to go on. We asked where to find the overalls, chose our size, and headed to the top deck. We were lucky to see the beautiful show in the sky. Etienne told ya where to look. The staff also helped us set up our camera for pictures. The show was spectacular and overall the evening was fantastic! Thank you Special Tours!

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Alyshia A • 17 Feb 2018

Amazing tour! Perfect amount of time


Amazing tour! Perfect amount of time - 2.5 hours or so with comfortable warm overalls. Easy pick up and drop off bus. The best part was our guide, Tina, who was friendly and available for helping set the camera up to capture the Northern Lights. Our initial tour was canceled due to weather and they were more than willing to reschedule us for the following night. We got some spectacular photos of the Aurora Borealis on our last night in Iceland. Thank you!

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Alyssa C • 30 Jun 2017

$ 101 2 Hours , Easy

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