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Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Take a nighttime cruise from Reykjavik for a chance to see the awe-inspiring Northern Lights from the water. Head away from the city and gaze up at the dark sky, where Mother Nature shows off with this natural light display, also known as Aurora Borealis. The boat features outdoor viewing decks and an interior cabin where you can purchase drinks, if you wish.
  • Northern Lights cruise from Reykjavik
  • Don't miss the chance to see Aurora Borealis from the water, an amazing vantage point
  • Watch the natural light display from the boat's three outdoor decks
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on board
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Informative, friendly and professional guide
Warm flotation overalls
Heated indoor cabins with toilet facilities
Wireless internet
Seasickness tablets, if needed
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Snacks and beverages (sold on board)

Departure Point

Hlésgata 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please be at the departure point the latest 30 minutes before the scheduled cruise time.
  • Please, CHECK YOUR VENDOR account or at tour operator DAILY DIARY before you come to tour operator office; all the important daily information of all our tours will be notified via vendor and on tour operator website. We recommend to contact tour operator if you wish another way to get in touch with you.
  • Please note: Northern Lights is a natural activity governed by the laws of the weather. If the trip is canceled due to bad weather, full ticket price will be refunded If you don't see any Northern Lights, you have the option to take the tour again any time for free.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please be aware that due to environmental reasons during certain times of the year our trips may be delivered on a shared boat with one of our partners. At Reykjavik Sailors we are committed to ensuring the environment is kept pristine by making sure fewer boats are on the water during slower periods.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Sailors

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik.

Traveler Tips


  • "The overalls provided are a must as it's very, very cold but a cruise is better than a coach trip in my view." See review
  • "It was freezing cold that night but still worth it." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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The boat was cold though they gave...
PJ H
, Apr 2018
The boat was cold though they gave us protective gear to wear - but that was to be expected. What was not expected is that we did not go too far from the harbor and stopped so close to houses on a hillside that at one point I was blinded by a car's headlights which is not ideal you want to be in as dark a place as possible. The guide, though he was on our deck, was impossible to understand by any of us in the group of 8 ages 13 - 57 and spoke in a monotone - so it was not easy to even know what we were supposed to be looking at or for. Needless to say, we did not see any northern lights. When we tried to take advantage of the opportunity to go again if you don't see anything in the next two years guarantee, 5 of us heard back from the tour operator in a timely fashion,but 3 of us did not hear back until 8:16 pm when we needed to be on the boat by 9:30 - which was not enough time to get there. Overall felt like a scam where they pile up as many people on the boat as possible even if the probability of seeing anything is low and then don't really anticipate you will take advantage of the guarantee. My mother went on a different trip to a summit on land and they took her back 3x til she saw the lights and it was a better experience. I would not recommend this trip to anyone.
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The boat ride was cold even though...
PJ H
, Apr 2018
The boat ride was cold even though they provide special protective suits. That was to be expected. But the boat went not that far from the harbor to an area where there were so many lights on the hillside in front of us, at one point I got blinded by a car's headlights - so it was not conducive to seeing anything. Top that off with a monotone guide who, though he was on the deck with us, could not be understood by any of the 8 of us in our party - from age 13 - 57 - so it was really difficult to even know if we were supposed to be looking at one area or not. Needless to say, we did not see any northern lights. When we contacted the tour operator through Viator to take advantage of the you can try again within 2 years if you don't see anything guarantee, one of the reservations for 5 of us got approval at a reasonable time - but 3 of us did not hear back until 8:16 pm when we needed to be at the boat by 9:30 - which was way too late to travel there. All around it feels like a scam - they pile people on to boats even when there is no chance of seeing anything and then hope you don't take them up on the chance to try again. My mother went on a tour that took her on land to a peak and she was able to see them better - so overall, I think this boat is not a great option, and I would definitely not recommend it or do it again.
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The cruise was very nice with a...
Samir
, Jan 2018
The cruise was very nice with a beautiful boat and gracious staff. We were not able to see the lights but they offered to take us at any point in the future to hopefully see them!
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This was incredible! At first the...
Ryan C
, Jan 2018
This was incredible! At first the lights were faint, but then they came out in force and were dancing across the sky! I was surprised at how close to Reykjavik we could still see the lights as we came back in to the harbor. The tour operators even stayed out a little later than usual because the auroral activity was so good even though the KP was only 1.67 and the moon was still bright. And the hot chocolate on the boat was delish! Highly, highly recommended.
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very poor tour ,we traveled only two...
AURELIO L
, Jan 2018
very poor tour ,we traveled only two hour just the time to go far from the port and to come back,no pick up,no organization ,hmmmm i did not like it
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Fortunate enough to see a glimpse of...
keri.jones2
, Jan 2018
Fortunate enough to see a glimpse of the northern lights on the way out of the harbour. The overalls provided are a must as it's very, very cold but a cruise is better than a coach trip in my view.
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We were prepared that we might not...
claudialeaf
, Dec 2017
We were prepared that we might not see the Northern Lights, and sure enough, we didn't, despite a positive forecast. The Reykjavic Sailors' admin person and ship's crew were friendly and did their best to keep us informed and entertained, although obviously there's little to see except coastal lights at night. Our main issue with the trip was with the dangerous, un-gritted surfaces on the approach to the Reykjavic Sailors' offices, which made it necessary to take a cab adding to the cost of the trip on the way back. Also the offices were quite hard to find in the dark, so the whole approach to the trip was actually quite stressful. I'm over sixty but reasonably fit and mobile - can't imagine how it would work for someone with less mobility.
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We were very fortunate to see this...
sam7737
, Dec 2017
We were very fortunate to see this incredible show of nature. An hour and half into the tour, we only saw weak form of northern lights. Two shooting stars crossed the sky, my daughter prayed to see the lights. It showed up almost immediately from 3, 4, 9 and 11 o'clock of the sky, slowly forming and bursting. It was absolutely spectacular and wonderful to see the wonder of the nature. The show continues even as the tour ends and the boat pulls in the harbor. The staff is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They were caring and handing out motion sickness pill The sea was very rough. For a big man like me, my advice is to take 2 pills. We had a wonderful time. The best place to see Northern Lights is in Iceland!!! A truly incredible experience.
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Eh. We didnt see the lights which is...
Elizabeth W
, Dec 2017
Eh. We didnt see the lights which is nature, not the tour. But the boat itself is kind of boring. There were snacks and some booze for purchase but one of our fellow travelers described it best I feel like Im on a floating cafeteria.
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we were lucky to see the northern...
Saltanat R
, Nov 2017
we were lucky to see the northern lights on our first day! The weren't very vivid though, but still. The Guide was very nice and told a lot of useful information and stories about Aurora Borealis. It was freezing cold that night but still worth it.
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