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Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland

Old Harbour in Reykjavik | By Aegisgardur, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 560 8800
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Ranked #128 of 258 Activities in Reykjavik
Owner description: Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience...
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Owner description: Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik, seeing the aurora borealis on the North-Atlantic Ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background is something you won't forget. Free pick-up, warm overalls and free hot drinks are provided. This tour is highly dependent on correct weather conditions and therefore we reserve the right to cancel if the circumstances are not favorable.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Taking a boat out from the city proved to be a great way to see the Northern Lights. You could walk around outside on two decks. There was inside seating with a snack bar. They picked us up at our hotel entrance and took us back after the tour. If you did not see the lights, you could use your... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

We thank you for your review and for joining our northern lights by boat tour from Reykjavik! Its so very true that its nice to be able to stay inside or outside as you please, check out the snackbar/café and get the cozy warm overalls, they are a must!:P Its a different way of viewing the northern lights, and when... More 

London
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The phenomenon that is Aurora Borealis was an awe-inspiring experience I'll hold dear for the rest of my life. The boat tour was cancelled due to rough conditions out at sea, however, the alternative proved better - considering the difficulties of keeping your camera/tripod still on a rocking boat. The offer of another tour ticket (should you not experience the... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and happy that you got to experience the wonderful Northern Lights on our tour, even though it was not possible on the boat that night. Its great to be able to get good photos for memories, and as you said sometimes its difficult when the boat is not completely still - although we do have... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Obviously there is no way of guaranteeing seeing the northern lights, but my wife and I went on the Northern Lights by boat trip in September. The crew were extremely helpful, and the feeling of being at sea on a fast boat in the dark was great fun. And for about half an hour we did see the lights which... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

We thank you for your kind review and for joining our Northern Lights by Boat tour here in Iceland! We are always glad when our customers get to see the magical northern lights, as it is of course a weather dependent activity. The great thing about taking the boat tour is that you can stay inside, outside - get our... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
33 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Very impressed with the organisation of this tour. The first night we were due to go out by boat the trip was cancelled by boat - but we still went out on a coach tour in search of the lights. The all in one waterproof and very warm protective suits are AMAZING! Much need though - couldn't have done this... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review and for joining our Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and got to go on both the bus and the boat - of course we hope that all our customers get a chance to go on the boat if weather allows:) - and great that... More 

New Haven, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Everything during our Iceland trip was wonderful except for our experience with Special Tours. We were booked to see the Northern Lights by boat, but instead received an email saying it was too windy and they would be taking a bus instead, or wait to take the boat another day. We opted to take the bus that night because it... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and for joining our tour. Our sincere apologies for the experience you had on our tour - as that is absolutely not how we want people to experience them - but we always welcome any comments that our customers have and thank you for pointing these things out as we will of course take this... More 

Kolkata
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We took a boat tour with Special Tours and had a spectacular viewing of the Northern Lights! It is better to go out into the sea, far away enough from ambient city lights. They take good care of you on the boat, with hot drinks and enought coveralls if you feel the cold. But believe me, when you see the... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

We thank you for your kind review and are very happy that you got a chance to join us on the Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik Harbour. We have gotten great feedback from our passengers regarding going out on a boat to view the magnificent northern lights, so we are excited to start again as soon as its dark enough,... More 

Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We decided to go to Iceland on a bit of a whim. Over all a fabulous trip. The one thing I did want to see was the norhtern lights. The tour that we picked was the Norther Lights by Boat. The first night was cancelled due to weather conditione. We ad one opportunity left. The days was overcast so we... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

We thank you for your kind review and are very happy that you got a chance to join us on the Northern Lights boat tour from Reykjavik Harbour. We sure have had lots of comments like these, where people are happy to go out on the boat where they can stay inside or outside however they like during the whole... More 

London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We booked this via the viatour. Then rang through to the Special Tours guys to ensure our pick up would be OK as we booked about 8 hours before the tour started. We arrived at the harbour having been picked up in a minibus, and boarded the whaler boat (which we later learnt was bigger than the one normally used... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

We thank you for your kind review and are very happy that you got a chance to join us on the Northern Lights boat tour from Reykjavik Harbour. We appreciate your comments and we are continuously working on improving our tours and customer service as we are very passionate about providing the best possible experience for our customers. Great that... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

We booked the Northern Lights by Boat trip for the first of our 3 night stay in Reykjavik, but arrived in freezing temperatures and biting winds. Special Tours called that afternoon and rearranged (weather permitting) to go out on our last night, having told us the next night wouldn't be any good night for possible sightings. How right they were,... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

We thank you for your kind review and are very happy that you got a chance to join us on the Northern Lights boat tour from Reykjavik Harbour. We are glad that you got such a spectacular show, and worth the wait I bet:) We try and keep our customers well informed on our tours as we do rely on... More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

Special Tours were brilliant-we arrived in Iceland on Friday night in pouring rain, not expecting to see the Lights anytime soon, although we had booked on the Northern Lights by boat tour that night. Special Tours allowed us to defer our tour until the weather was good, keeping us well-informed by email throughout our stay. Finally, last night, on our... More 

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and for joining our tour. Im am happy to hear that it cleared up for the northern lights during your stay:) - We always try and make sure to keep our customers up to date every night regarding the weather conditions, as the Northern lights are very dependent on the right conditions, especially having clear... More 

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