Embark on a thrilling day of whale watching and Northern Lights from Reykjavik!
This family-friendly tour combines two popular activities: whale watching and our magical aurora tour. Join us on a whale watching cruise departing from the old harbor of Reykjavik in the afternoon, and once night falls, hop on a minibus to hunt for the legendary Aurora Borealis.
This trip combines our Whale Watching tour from Reykjavik and Magical Auroras – Northern Lights tour. Book this tour to save on both activities!
Whale sightings are extremely common in Iceland, where marine life is very active! Take a boat tour from Reykjavik and spot frolicking dolphins or whales in their natural habitat while coasting through Faxaflói Bay. As weather and sea conditions play a significant role in what we see, you can’t be sure what you’ll find–but each day is sure to be special and unique. No two whale-watching trips are ever the same.
The sea creatures we usually see on our tours are minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. Our fun and knowledgeable guides will entertain you with fun facts about Icelandic marine life.
Afterward, you’ll have a few hours to prepare for our Northern Lights minibus tour. Our Magical Auroras tour departs from Reykjavik in the evening, driving deep into the countryside and away from city lights. This way, you’ll get the best chance to catch the solar activity of this natural phenomenon at its glittering best. Watching this paint the star-studded sky in shimmering colors is something you won’t soon forget.
Your guide will take free photographs of you and the aurora so you can keep the memory of this awesome night alive!
For the Whale Watching adventure, pick-up starts at 12:00 p.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated. For the Northern Lights adventure, pick up is at ...)
For the Whale Watching adventure, pick-up starts at 12:00 p.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated.
For the Northern Lights adventure, pick up is at either 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) or 21:30 (9:30 p.m.) (depending on the season) from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures pick-up list.
Amazing Icelandic Experience 2020
Reviewed on February 11, 2020 by melgarner Review from Tripadvisor
Golden Circle, Magical Aurora, Scuba/Diving Silfra Fissure and Whale watching. We booked Arctic Adventures for our trips round Iceland. Can’t recommend them highly enough. The tour guides and drivers were very knowledgeable of their speciality and the surrounding areas we travelled in Iceland. Pick and Drop off were always on time and at the chosen place requested. We did not have enough time to complete our Icelandic experience so will be back in 2021 for more. Thank you Guys
Whale watching and Northern Lights
Reviewed on November 22, 2018 by Traveler745513 Review from Tripadvisor
A great company, we booked them while back in England due to their reasonable price, we got a fantastic day when we arrived, everything was spot on, to being informed about pick up times and weather conditions for the northern lights, highly recommend this company when in Iceland as they cater to every need and do a great job
Amazing experiences with small groups!
Reviewed on October 08, 2017 by captainunderbelly Review from Tripadvisor
I booked multiple tours through Arctic Adventures. It was really clear and easy to book, the only thing that was difficult was choosing between all the incredible activities! :D Each guide was exceptional and very friendly and relatable. I particularly enjoyed the small group experience, we didn't feel rushed and had the opportunity to explore each point of interest as individuals as well.
My Northern Lights tour was cancelled due to excessive cloud cover, and I couldn't go whale watching because the waters were very rough and the operator was advising sensitive customers to reschedule. In both scenarios Arctic Adventures handled it and issued me a full refund within a week. Great customer service! I look forward to my next trip to Iceland when hopefully I'll have better luck catching the Northern Lights!
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.
There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.
A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.
Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.
If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.
Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length
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.
Please contact our Customer care to re-book your tour.
When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable 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.
Please contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.
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 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, 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.
Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.
The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.
If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.