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“Saw them with a good guide from Gateway to Iceland” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland

Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland
Old Harbour in Reykjavik | By Aegisgardur, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 560 8800
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Ranked #125 of 258 Activities in Reykjavik
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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.
Dublin, Ireland
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“Saw them with a good guide from Gateway to Iceland”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Standing in the dark at minus 8c in a strong wind was worth it to see the lights. Had a good display after a postponement a couple of days earlier. Although some people with a good camera could get colour on their photo, to the naked eye it was just a milky white. However it moved in sheets and whorls as expected and lasted a good while. A coffee in a filling station afterwards was very welcome. It would have been better to have been told that the lights are not always coloured to the naked eye. But have fulfilled a lifetime ambition.

Visited November 2012
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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Many thanks for your review.

Special Tours only operate Northern Lights tours by boat - therefore we can not comment on behalf of other tour operators offering bus tours. We are happy that you had a nice experience:)

We hope you had a lovely time in Iceland and will visit us again in the future!

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew
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“Fantastic Tour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Went out with my wife and parents to see the northern lights. Having wanted to see them for many years, I tried to steel myself for the fact that we might be unlucky with the weather. We were only in Iceland for two nights.
First night, an hour before tour, the weather was very poor- wet and overcast. Thankfully it miraculously cleared and we were away. Good organisation, very friendly and helpful staff. Aboard a lovely little boat, within minutes of leaving the harbour, we were all being invited to hit the upper deck to view the lights...and there they were.
For about an hour and a half to two hours, we had a fantastic show, a great experience. After that, small amounts of cloud began to obscure the views. Having had such a good viewing up until that point, the crew decided it was probably best to head back towards the shore. We stopped halfway back as we were treated to one brilliant last showing, as the skies temporarily cleared up. After this point, it was time to head back inside for another quick hot chocolate!
All in all, a very well managed tour, i would recommend. Fingers crossed for clear skies. Finally, take the clothes you think you will need, and then take a little more. It can get very chilly. Also photos will obviously be affected by boat movement, particularly on long exposures. Thanks for reading.
D. Powers

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Many thanks for your kind words & review.

We want to thank you very much for joining our tour and happy that you got to see the Northern Lights - they are quite amazing:)

We hope you had a lovely time in Iceland and will visit us again in the future!

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew
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“Amazing tour, very well organised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We were very lucky to see the northern lights and were really happy we chose the boat tour to see them. The tour was well organised and hot drinks were included. I would recommend seeing the northern lights by boat rather than bus if you have the opportunity.

Visited November 2012
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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Many thanks for your kind review.

We are happy that you enjoyed seeing the northern lights on our boat, it sure is a different experience and a lovely 2 hour cruise out from Reykjavik city. We thank you very much for joining on the tour!

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Iceland and that you will have a chance to visit us again:)

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew
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“Worth braving the cold!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

Was wonderful to see the lights. We're magnificent. Also nice to have hot chocolate or coffee and Icelandic treats available on the boat too. All staff very friendly and helpful and also gave good advice about Iceland too. Our guide was very knowledgable and keen to answer all our questions. Went home buzzing!

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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Many thanks for your kind review.

Thank you very much for joining our tour - and we are happy that we could help make your experience of the northern lights magnificent!

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Iceland and that you will have a chance to visit us again:)

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew
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“Fantastic Light Show !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

One of the reasons we chose Reykjavik for our city mini break was the hope of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. We were in the city for Four nights and for Three of these the tour was cancelled due to bad weather, however when we did go out we were rewarded with a dazzling display. The ribbons of colours were mainly Green with hints of Red and Yellow and the way they danced across the dark starry night sky was truly amazing. The experience was brilliant and the lights were exactly how we imagined.

Visited November 2012
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whalewatchingexpress, Manager at Northern Lights by Boat - Special Tours Iceland, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Many thanks for your review.

Thank you very much for joining our tour - and we are glad you got to see the Northern Lights before you left Iceland - it is of course subject to the right weather conditions.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Iceland and we hope you have a chance to visit us again!

Kind regards,
Special Tours Crew
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