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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


  • 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.

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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