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Northern lights by boat with replacement activity

Duration: up to
Language: English
Availability: Sunday to Thursday
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

Do this because

Maximize your chances of viewing the magical northern lights

Enjoy a replacement activity if the tour is postponed due to weather conditions

Receive a complimentary ticket for the northern lights boat tour on the next available date

What to expect

Sail out from Reykjavík in search of the beautiful Aurora Borealis! It only takes you 10-15 minutes to sail into the dark, away from the light pollution from the city, to a perfect location for viewing the magical northern lights and starry sky.

An expert guide will explain the scientific facts about this natural phenomenon, and answer any questions you might have during the tour. It is never guaranteed that the lights will show, however, if you don't see them you get a complimentary ticket to try again. In addition, this tour offers you a replacement activity in case the tour has to be postponed.

Head out to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition in Grandi, just minutes away from the harbor area. Your guide will take you into the wonderful world of the giant whales, where you will be able to view full-sized models and try out some fun and interactive technologies.

Towards the end of the exhibition, you will then be taken into a movie hall where you’ll see a 25-minute video of the dancing northern lights, full of beautiful imagery, facts and stories. Finish the night with a drink on the house at the on-site café, where you’ll also get the opportunity to explore the exhibition further.

Now - the best part is yet to come: all passengers will also receive a complimentary ticket for the northern lights boat tour on the next available date! (included in the price!)

The boats are spacious with warm indoor seating areas, an onboard bar and plenty of space for everyone outside on our viewing decks to gaze into the night sky. You will be provided with free usage of warm overalls to keep cozy and warm on winter nights.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

All gear/equipment is sanitised between use

Visitors are required to bring and wear masks

What’s included

Guided boat tour

Warm overalls (overalls also available in children’s sizes!)

Wireless internet on board

Café/bar and souvenir shop

Alternative activity: Guided Northern Lights and Whales Exhibition with a drink

25 min northern lights video

Complimentary ticket for Northern Lights by Boat (on the next available date)


Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Meeting point:

Tour starts from the local operator Special Tours office located at Geirsgata 11 Reykjavík 101.


  • In September and April the tour operates from Sunday to Thursday at 10.00pm
  • From October to March the tour operates from Sunday to Thursday at 9.00pm


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Important to know

  • When buying this ticket, you are guaranteed a night of fun no matter what happens – this ticket is therefore non-refundable
  • If you go on the northern lights boat tour on the booked night your ticket is fully utilized and you are not entitled to a trip to the museum on other nights
  • If the northern lights boat tour is canceled you will automatically be booked on the museum tour and then also have a chance to join the boat tour at the next available date (30 day rescheduling period)