Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

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Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik information and booking

2 hours 30 minutes
Departs from
Central Reykjavik hotels
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
September 1 - October 15: 10pmOctober 16 - March 14: 9pmMarch 15 - April 15: 10pmHotel pickups commence approximately 60 minutes prior to this time.
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Tour description provided by Viator

See the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, from a comfortable boat on this unique cruise from Reykjavik. Leave Iceland’s coast to experience this natural phenomenon far away from the city lights. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you learn about the myths and scientific phenomena of the lights from your expert local guide.

Board a comfortable viewing boat and leave Reykjavik's coast toward Faxaflói Bay to begin your once-in-a-lifetime northern lights experience. The northern lights (aurora borealis) create a natural light formation in the sky in the Arctic’s upper atmosphere, about 50 miles (80 km) high. The overwhelming appearance was named by the French philosopher Pierre Gassendi after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas.Your expert guide will tell you all about the fascinating and beautiful northern lights, including the folklore and superstition behind them, as well as the underlying scientific facts that make this magical light show possible. Admire the stellar lights from the luxurious and cozy viewing area and warm yourself up with hot coffee, tea and chocolate and light refreshments (refreshments on own expense).

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Warm coveralls

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks