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Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise & Aurora Exhibition

Start your magical evening by going to the Aurora Exhibition and learn all about the northern lights while getting insight and expert tips on how to photograph them. The walk-through will take about 45-60 min. so plan your visit ahead of time in connection with your Northern Lights Cruise later that night.

When you've become an expert in all things aurora related, it is time to head to the harbour and step aboard the cruise vessel. You will be in the great hands of our enthusiastic team, who will tell you even more about the northern lights and help you further with your camera if needed. Keep in mind that our team will almost always also be photographing the lights as we sail along, for you to enjoy them in real time. You can request said photos via email the next day (if any taken).

Learn more about the exhibition and cruise:

Aurora Reykjavík exhibition: This ticket is flexible, meaning you can come down and stroll through the exhibition in your own time and therefore do not need to make a set reservation. Take a walk through northern lights mythology and science, learn the expert tips for the perfect Aurora hunt, and experience a unique collection of mesmerising Auroras in our cinema. There are interactive displays as well as a specially equipped ‘photo booth’ where you can learn how to adjust your camera’s settings should you want to try your hand at capturing the auroras yourself.

The high point of your visit to the centre will certainly be our theatre where a continuously running HD film is playing throughout the day. Projected onto a 7 metre wide screen, you can sit back and enjoy this 20 minute film that features some of the most magnificent auroral displays seen over Iceland. The film is accompanied by soft music in surround-sound, making this a therapeutic and restful experience. You’ll feel like you have just come back from a blissful holiday!

The knowledgeable and friendly staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the lights and about Northern Lights photography.

Northern Lights Cruise: Search for Aurora Borealis away from the city lights, on this thrilling winter cruise. The Northern Lights are best displayed under dark, clear skies. You can find these conditions from September until the end of April. Watching the lights constantly change in intensity, colour and movement in the vast starry space with the gentle lull of the ocean beneath is a thrilling, unique experience.

The Northern Lights Cruise commences at our ticket office by the Ægisgarður pier in the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavik where you exchange your voucher for admission slips. On the tour we will take you out into the dark blue yonder of Faxaflói bay in search for the mystical phenomenon we call the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, leaving behind the bright city lights of the capital.

Our open top viewing decks provide the perfect platform for witnessing the dazzling spectacle while our heated indoor lounge is a great place to take a break and warm up in between sightings. Our expert guide will be at hand to answer your questions while you enjoy Mother Nature’s light show and starry skies wrapped up in one of our warm overalls. On board you will find several outdoor viewing platforms and a large indoor saloon with toilet facilities and even café where you can buy light refreshments or a beverage to your liking (we recommend the Northern Lights punch!).

What's included

  • Flexible admission to the interactive Aurora Reykjavík Exhibition
  • 2 hr. Northern Lights Cruise
  • Use of warm overalls on board
  • Excellent guidance
  • Free WiFi on board as well as in Exhibition
  • Assistance with Photography
  • Northern Lights Theatre (at Aurora Reykjavík Exhibition)
  • Northern Lights Photo Booth (at Aurora Reykjavík Exhibition)


The Aurora Exhibition part of the combo tour is FLEXIBLE, meaning you can go there at any time during your stay. We would however recommend that you go there 1-2 hrs. before your Northern Lights Cruise for the ultimate experience.

Please note that the cruise is subject to weather, conditions at sea and visibility in the area. Therefore we may need to cancel with short notice.

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise & Aurora Exhibition

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