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Northern Lights Boat Tour

This stunning northern lights hunt will take you on the ocean wave. See the aurora borealis dance high above the Atlantic ocean with spectacular mountains behind you.

Boat Tours Northern-Lights

Watching the spectacular jewel bright northern lights from a boat is really so special. Out on the North Atlantic you are so much a part of the nature which created these dancing wonders of the north. See the aurora borealis overhead as their brilliant hues are enhanced by the water!

  • Availability

    September - April

  • Duration

    2 - 2.5 hours

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    No min age

  • Ratio


  • Departs from

    Reykjavík Downtown Harbor

  • Price from

    10.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Northern Lights
Boat tour from the old harbour
Northern lights boat tour
Northern lights video
English language guide
Warm Overalls
Café/bar and souvenir shop

You meet us at the Old Harbor in Reykjavík, some people refer to this as Reykjavík Downtown Harbor. You just need to look out for Special Tours.    

In just 15 to 20 minutes our expert crew will take you across those bracing North Atlantic waves to a place which is far enough away from the light pollution of Reykjavík. We carefully check the aurora and cloud forecasts to make sure we go to the best place.

The northern lights are a truly spectacular and unforgettable experience. The magic moment when they begin to show is always spellbinding. Often they are soft at first, before breaking out into more vibrant and dramatic swirls of color rippling across the sky. Whether they are at their most dramatic or not they are always very special, not least because they are usually only seen in places which are in fairly close proximity to the poles. Iceland has a greater occurrence of aurora colors within the red spectrum than any other country. Blues, violets, roses and reds may be seen, although these shades are less common than green and yellow tones.

Whilst you are waiting your northern lights guide will explain the science behind the majestic and magical aurora borealis. He/she will also tell you all about some fascinating northern lights myths, stories and legends from cultures around the world. We show our own specially made video in our café/bar. This is packed full of interesting folklore, facts, and, of course, very colorful and magnificent northern lights images.

We offer overalls to keep you comfortable on deck whilst you are waiting for the lights to appear. There is also our cozy bar/café, video show and souvenir shop to keep you entertained if you want to be in the warm for a while. As soon as those colors begin to appear, rest assured, we will fetch you!

We do our utmost but we can never guarantee the northern lights will appear. The colors are formed by certain reactions when particles emitted by sun collide with the earth´s atmosphere. These particles are transported by the solar wind to those areas around the north and south poles, explaining the presence of the lights in these regions.

How is it best to be ready for a pick up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

What if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen?

A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.
Note that you need to contact us at info@adventures.is to re-book.

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour gets cancelled?

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

In all cases you will need to contact our sales desk via email (info@adventures.is) or phone +354-562-7000.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 the latest. If the tour is canceled, you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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