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Address: 101 Reykjavik | Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 560 8800
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience;...

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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Other people on our trip were concerned about taking the boat ride to see the Northern Lights because they thought the boat would be too crowded and cold, but it was so nice! We... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Lindsay F
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Other people on our trip were concerned about taking the boat ride to see the Northern Lights because they thought the boat would be too crowded and cold, but it was so nice! We sat inside almost the whole time and only went out into the cold when the lights showed up so we could take pictures. The boat went... More 

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Thank Lindsay F
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with us and were able to see the lights out at sea. Our boats have a maximum number of passengers that are allowed on and we never go over that limit, so there is always plenty of space on board. It's lovely to hear... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Special Tours made our trip to Iceland unforgettable. We did the whale watching and aurora tour and had amazing luck with both. Nature does what she does on her own time, but in this case, her and our timelines aligned! On the whale watching tour we saw white-beaked dolphins, a humpback whale, and a pod of orcas which is a... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you so much for your lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed both of your tours, and that they were both successful! The tour with the Orcas was especially exciting for our crew and guide, Jonathan. We don't normally see them in the bay so this was a special treat for us! We look... More 

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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This tour was INCREDIBLE! I took the tour March 10th after having it cancelled the night before due to unfavorable weather. It was extremely easy to move it to the next night (the 10th). I forget the guide's name but he was very personable and kept the crowd entertained while being patient for the nothern lights. He taught us some... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and were able to see the lights at sea with us. Whenever we have to cancel a tour we always offer our passengers the chance to reschedule for another day, and we are happy that this option worked out for you!... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Thanks to all the crew for an amazing trip to see the Northern Lights. Jonathan our guide was easy to listen too and his talk was a mixture of facts and folklore but also gave us time just to enjoy the breathtaking beauty in silence too.

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and were able to see the lights at sea on your tour. We will be certain to pass the compliments along to Jonathan as well. We just started our Instagram competition again so if you have some good photos... More 

Coventry,UK
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195 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Went on boat tour 16th march. Straight away our guide Jonathan said oh it's a good night. After putting on a jump suit shall i say and battling to get it on we stood on top deck. So after seeing a series of clouds our tour guide informed us that infact this was the northern lights. He remained excited throughout... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Dear Lindsey, thank you for taking the time to review our tour. The Northern Lights vary in brightness and color every day and we can never control when they will show or how bright they will be. This is why we always offer the chance to try again for free if there were no sightings. Our guide Jonathan is very... More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Special thanks to all the crew who are all amazing. We had a successful day where we spotted white beak dolphins, hump back whale and ORCAS!

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Thank Raquel V
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us-we don't normally see orcas on our tours so that was an amazing day at sea for our guide, crew and passengers. We will pass along the compliment to our boat crew as well. We just started our Instagram competition again so... More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

See Facebook specialtoursiceland from tomorrow for photos. Well organised. Jonathan an excellent guide. Seeing Orca a true highlight.

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! We had a fantastic tour yesterday afternoon-we usually do not see orcas very often, so our guide and crew were very excited about it! The pictures are posted on our Facebook, and a few on our website's blog. We will pass along the compliment to Jonathan as well. We just started our Instagram... More 

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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

From the moment we stepped on boat we were greeted by our tour guide Etienne. He made us aware of all of the boat amenities and offered us to use the overalls to keep us warm on the top deck for the best views of the northern lights. Thought out the tour Etienne told a northern lights discovery history, folk... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and were able to see the lights. We will pass along the compliments to our guide, Etienne, as well. The thermal overalls are definitely recommended to keep warm as it gets quite cold out at sea during the winter evenings.... More 

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

I booked the Special Tours Northern Lights trip for our first night in Reykjavik to give us the best chance of being lucky. It was cancelled the first night due to unfavourable weather (which turned out to be the record snowfall we experienced - wow!) but we popped into the harbour office to rebook for the next night. The trip... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you so much for your review. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and were able to see the lights-and happy birthday to your partner! Whenever a tour goes out and does not see the lights we offer the chance to join another complimentary tour, and we are glad that you did!... More 

New York City, New York
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142 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

The boat was of nice size and the crew provided you with very warm jump suits which was helpful. However, the description describes that you are far from city lights to see the best of the northern lights. This was not accurate. For the ship you can still see the whole city and the light pollution blocking the lights. I... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us on your tour. While you can still see the city lights from a distance on the tour we travel far enough away to eliminate the effects of the light pollution and it does not impact viewing the lights when... More 

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