Northern Lights by boat (with a backup plan)

Winter Daily About 2 hour Reykjavík with pick up optional Very easy

The Northern Lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) are Iceland’s main attraction during the cold winter months. The Auroras are a magnificent phenomenon, and an absolute must-see for every traveler.

This tour starts in The Whale Watching Center, located onboard an old fishing vessel permanently docked at the pier. Once onboard prepare to be amazed by a multimedia light-show, including stunning images, time-lapse footage of the lights and information about the science behind Northern lights.

On the cruise, the boat heads towards Faxafloi bay in search of Aurora Borealis but these are best witnessed under dark, clear skies. The most spectacular Northern lights shows, include a constant change in shape, size and color intensity, although sightings like this are never guaranteed.

However, in cases of non sightings the tour operators offer a complimentary return ticket, thus giving everyone a good possibility of a Northern lights experience.

As well as a complimentary return ticket this tour also offers a backup plan; in case the boat ride has to be cancelled (most likely due to weather) we’ll head indoors to a Northern Lights themed visit at the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. The visit includes a guided tour of the 23 life-sized models of all whale species found around Iceland and our BRAND NEW 25 min. Northern Lights documentary. After the film you have a chance to have a Q&A session with your guide and a complimentary drink of your choice is available at the bar.

Tour highlights

  • Northern Lights sightseeing in Faxafloi Bay
  • A night-time Iceland cruise searching for Aurora Borealis
  • Multimedia Northern Lights Show
  • The Whale Watching Center at the Old Harbor Reykjavik


  • 2-3 hour Northern Lights by Boat tour as well as the following-
  • Pictures taken on every boat tour, available to download free of charge.
  • Guaranteed Backup Plan if the boat tour is cancelled on the evening you are scheduled!
  • Warm overalls (also available in children’s sizes!)
  • Heated indoor seating areas
  • Professional English guidance
  • If the Northern Lights boat tour is cancelled then you’ll have admission to a Northern Lights themed visit to the Whales of Iceland exhibiton as well as the following-
  • Live-guided tour of the exhibition
  • Q&A session with an experienced guide
  • 25 min. Northern Lights video on a brand-new 8 meter screen
  • Complimentary drink of your choice
  • Keep your ticket for the Northern Lights boat tour – just let us know when you’d like to reschedule!

Not included

  • Food and drink (unless specified)
  • Hotel transfers (can be added for an additional cost)

Good to know

  • If the boat tour is confirmed, check in is 30 minutes before departure. If the boat tour is cancelled, your back-up activity Auroras at Whales of Iceland is already confirmed. Check-in begins at 20:45 for the back-up activity.
  • Meet up location: Special Tours Ticket Office, Ægisgarður 13, Reykjavík 101, IS.
  • All passengers will also receive a complimentary ticket to try our northern lights boat tour on the next available date! (included in the price!).
  • Please note that sightings of the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed. If nothing is seen on your tour, you will receive a free ticket to join another tour.
  • This tour is non-refundable.

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