Northern Lights Cruise & Dinner

1. Oct - 14. Mar Daily About 5 hours Reykjavik Old Harbour Very easy

This Northern lights cruise and dinner combo commences at a local restaurant and ends in a cruise on Faxafloi bay, in search of the phenomenon that is one of the biggest draws to visiting Iceland, the Aurora Borealis.

The tour begins at RIO restaurant– located only 5 minutes from Reykjavik city center and about 50 meters from the pier. Here are the times depending on your travel dates when your table at RIO Restaurant will be booked:

1 – 30 September at 20:00
1 October – 14 March at 19:00
15 March – 15 April at 20:00

The Northern Lights Cruise starts two hours after your table time.

At RIO Restaurant you can choose between a salmon, cod or a nut steak plus one side dish. After your meal than please head down to Elding’s ticket office down at the pier to collect your cruise tickets. Than you will just walk a few meters to the visitor centre, which is on board an old converted fishing vessel which is permanently by the pier. After a 10 minutes Northern Lights show you will go on board the cruise ship on the hunt for the Northern Lights.

This offers dark and quiet surroundings, and a higher chance to see the Northern lights, as the Aurora Borealis are best viewed under dark, clear skies

Tour highlights

  • Dinner at RIO Restaurant, a local restaurant close to the harbor
  • Multimedia Northern Lights Show in the Whale Watching Center
  • A three hour Northern lights cruise in Faxafloi bay
  • Northern lights / Aurora Borealis show from an open top viewing deck


  • Dinner at RIO restaurant
  • 3 hour Northern Lights cruise
  • English speaking guides
  • Multimedia show
  • Use of warm overalls

Good to know

Your meal is typically booked 2 hours before the northern lights cruise starts (unless stated otherwise on your voucher).

A guide will meet you down at our whale watching center, which is a 5 minute walk from the restaurant.

No pick up is available but a drop off service is available for an additional fee.

It can be very cold at sea, so we recommend dressing in warmly and you can also use our warm overalls. We recommend hats, gloves, base layers and sturdy footwear.


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