Chasing the Northern Lights in Luxury Cruise
Get ready to have the most enriching and unforgettable experience of your lifetime on the Northern Lights Luxury Cruise. Yes, when in Iceland, Aurora Borealis must be there in your “must visit” list, you just cannot afford to miss this. Iceland is not just known for its picturesque views, floating icebergs, spectacular landscapes, and panoramic views. It has much more to offer and this includes the magical experience of the Northern Lights, which can be seen above the Northern Hemisphere’s magnetic pole.
Know More About Aurora
Just imagine sitting and gazing the magnificently beautiful natural phenomenon that showcases the magical bands of neon green, blue, red, or sometimes pink, fluttering over the sky. The spontaneity with which the bands disperse and the sheer magnetism is indeed a sight to behold. Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights is a kind of natural scientific phenomenon that marks the coexistence of art and science. The smooth bands of the aurora are a result of numerous solar particles shooting directly into the magnetic field of the earth; the phenomenon occurs approximately 60 miles above the earth’s surface.
Aurora Borealis in a Luxury Cruise
Iceland is listed amidst the most desirable and the most preferred places to have a clear view of the dancing lights. The beautiful coastline awaits you as you hop on to the cruise to chase the Northern Lights. A cozy evening cruise with the clean ocean breeze and gazing the starry night sky, while waiting for the Northern Lights to appear. Trust us, Aurora Borealis is worth the wait. You will have a closer view of nature’s wonder and surely it is once in a lifetime experience. The cruise will take you from the Reykjavík Old Harbour and the journey is of approximately 2.5 hours. You will witness interesting sights, the beautiful coastline at night, and of course the dancing lights against the clear dark background. Don’t forget to carry the warm cloths and headcovers as the wind can be brutally cold.
English Speaking Experienced Northern Lights Guide & Expert
Northern Lights hunt
Yacht Tour along Reykjavik city
Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and Icelandic pastry Kleina.
Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik – available at extra price when booking
Free WiFi on the yacht
Complimentary tickets to try again in case of no northern lights on the tour.
What to bring
Warm clothes – it gets cold during the night.
Headwear & Glvoes
- Reykjavik Old Harbor
Good to know
- Pick up is available from Reykjavik. Book pick up when booking the tour.
- 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.
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.