Northern Lights Cruise | Luxury Yacht Excursion

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Information

Duration

2,5 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size
Available

Sep - Apr

Minimum age

7 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up, Self Drive

Languages

English

Operator
Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

2,5 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size
Available

Sep - Apr

Minimum age

7 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up, Self Drive

Languages

English

Days

Day Tour

Departures

Reykjavik

(1)
5.0/5

Highlights

  • Northern Lights
  • Yacht Cruise
  • Reykjavik from sea
  • Imagine Peace Tower
  • Faxaflói bay

About Tour

Experience the Northern Lights in Ultimate Luxury aboard a Cruise

Prepare for an unforgettable adventure on the Northern Lights Luxury Cruise in Reykjavik. Don’t miss out on witnessing the magical Aurora Borealis while you’re in Iceland. Beyond its stunning landscapes and icebergs, Iceland offers the incredible display of the Northern Lights, a natural wonder that graces the skies above the Northern Hemisphere’s magnetic pole.

Discover the Wonders of the Aurora

Picture yourself under the night sky, captivated by the enchanting bands of neon green, blue, red, or even pink, gracefully dancing across the horizon. The ethereal display of these bands and their mesmerizing movement is truly a breathtaking sight. The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, represents the exquisite harmony of art and science. These luminous bands are the result of solar particles interacting with Earth’s magnetic field, occurring about 60 miles above the planet’s surface.

Embark on a Luxurious Northern Lights Adventure

Iceland is renowned as one of the best places to witness these dancing lights. Step aboard a cruise along the beautiful coastline to chase the Northern Lights. Enjoy a cozy evening sail, feeling the crisp ocean breeze and marveling at the starry night sky, all while anticipating the appearance of the Northern Lights. Trust us, the sight of the Aurora Borealis is absolutely worth the anticipation. You’ll have an up-close encounter with this marvel of nature, creating a once-in-a-lifetime memory. Departing from Reykjavík Old Harbour, the cruise lasts around 2.5 hours. Along the way, you’ll enjoy captivating sights, the nighttime beauty of the coastline, and of course, the mesmerizing lights against the dark backdrop of the sky. Remember to bundle up with warm clothing and head coverings, as the chilly wind can be quite intense.

Northern Lights dancing above the skies and the peace tower on the Northern Lights Luxury Cruise tour

Included

  • English speaking experienced Northern Lights guide and expert
  • Northern Lights hunt
  • Yacht Cruise along Reykjavik city
  • Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and Icelandic pastry – Kleina
  • Free WiFi on the yacht
  • Complimentary tickets to try again in case of no northern lights seen on the tour. 

What to bring

  • Dress according to weather.
  • Good shoes.
  • Headwear & gloves
  • Camera (optional)
  • Tripod (optional)

Good to know

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik is not included but it is available at extra price when booking
  • Pick up for the tour starts 45 minutes before departure. 
  • In case that you don’t see the Northern Lights on the tour, you can reschedule the tour for another night free of charge. 
  • Reservation for this tour is necessary. 
  • Our team offer a special recipe of hot chocolate along with light refreshments to keep you warm.

Meeting Point

  • Reykjavik Old Harbor

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

The meeting pint is at Reykjavik Old Harbor.

Pick up is available for extra charge. You need to book your pick up when booking the tour. 

Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.

Check the booking engine to see if your accommodation is available for pick up. If not, find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:

Pick up starts 45 minutes before the departure of the tour. 

If the tour gets cancelled due to weather, you can choose between rescheduling the tour or receiving a full refund. 

Free cancellation up to 1 day before the tour. If you cancel within 1 day notice, a 100% fee will be charged. 

However, we always ask you to cancel the tour as soon as possible so we can adjust the schedule for the day depending on how many people will be joining the tour. 

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

 

However, we have experienced northern lights experts that will spend all day checking up on the aurora forecast to see where they are most likely to show up and how likley it is that they will show up. 

 

If we don’t think the northern lights are likely to show up, we will cancel the tour and you can get a full refund or reschedule for another evening. 

Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

 

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. This tour is listed as easy so if you do not feel uncomfortable going on a boat tour, this tour should be ideal for you. 

If you are unfortunate enough to miss out on them on our tour, we offer you to rebook the Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge on another evening of your trip.

 

Because of this, we recommend that you book the northern lights tour early on your trip to Iceland so you will be able to reschedule the tour if you don’t see the norhtern lights on your first attempt. 

The northern lights guide can help you with setting up your camera so you can capture the northern lights. 

 

You can also read the article about Northern Lights in Iceland or Capturing the Northern Lights be more specific on how to capture the northern lights on a photo. 

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

The Northern Lights season is 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.

No, it’s not necessary but it will increase your chances of getting the best view of the lights. 

 

It can be hard to find where the northern lights are most likely to show up. The northern lights experts that will take you on the tours have years of experience when it comes to this. They will take you to the location where you are most likely to get the best possible view of the northern lights each night. 

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