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Reykjavík: 2-Hour Northern Lights Cruise

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Reykjavík: 2-Hour Northern Lights Cruise

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Admire nature’s own spectacular light show on a 2-hour cruise from Reykjavik Harbor, sailing out towards the unknown in search of the Northern Lights. See their brilliant colors flashing across the evening sky, with views of Reykjavík in the background.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Admire nature’s spectacular lightshow and see the magnificent Northern Lights
  • Sail out of Reykjavík into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay
  • Get fantastic views of Reykjavik, enchantingly lit up for the night
Full description
The stage is set to experience one of nature’s most magnificent phenomenon on this tour of the Northern Lights in Iceland, starting with an informative talk before boarding the Elding II in Reykjavik Harbor. Docked just a few steps from the meeting point, where you can watch time lapse videos and look at images and information boards about the lights, Elding II boasts a nice heated lounge where you can sit down to enjoy light refreshments, or head out to the viewing platform wrapped up in the provided warm overalls. Settle down for Mother Nature to start her tricks as your guide keeps you well informed and calls out once the Northern Lights begin. Of course, nothing in nature is guaranteed, but the expert guide and captain will always check the weather and forecast before the tour to optimize your chances of a view. With the glow of the city in the background, set out in search of the spectacle from the darkness of Faxaflói Bay. On a clear night you may be lucky enough to see them swirling and dancing across the sky in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes.
  • Warm overalls, raincoats and blankets on board
  • Naturalist guide to enhance your experience
  • Hotel pickup (available for an extra charge)
  • Other refreshments on board
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the Elding Whale Watching boat in Reykjavík Old Harbour, Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  Once in the harbor you can visit the Northern Lights Centre and watch time lapse videos, or just look at the images, information boards and gifts on sale
  •  Like other natural phenomena the Northern Lights don't show according to the wishes of humans. They can only be seen when the conditions are right
  •  Photographing the Northern Lights requires some skill. Some people have mastered the techniques for years. Most say that it is not impossible to photograph the Northern Lights from a boat, but it is more difficult. This tour is not therefore recommend for those especially hoping to photograph the Northern Lights
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It’s hard not to have high expectations... after all, nothern lights are spectacular. However, when you’re freezing cold, and not seeing it with your naked eyes for hours can have a mixed feeling more leaving towards disappointment. That being said, the crew provided warming overalls, adjusted my camera settings and although the lights weren’t super strong and the moving boat made my pics blurry, I was happy to have seen the lights a bit.

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January 27, 2018

Amazing!! Couldn't see The Northern Lights on land but we saw them out at sea! We saw them on the first night of our holiday too which was amazing! Very impressed! At first we only saw faint white lines but after about an hour we saw the Northern Lights as you see them on TV! Breathtaking! The guides were very helpful and full of information too.

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September 17, 2017


Everything was excellent. The Northern Lights even started before we left the Harbour. Guide was fantastic helped everyone with camera settings as well as giving us lots of information. We were also provided with warm boiler suits which we needed as it was so cold. There was a warmer cabin downstairs and also a bar for snacks and drinks.

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April 8, 2017

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