Northern Lights Expedition on Viðey island One-day tour

Our partner: Elding Adventure at Sea


Viðey island offers a change in pace for your northern lights expedition and provides incredible photographic opportunities! The island itself is situated only a few minutes away from the heart of Reykjavík by boat, and offers a great view of the city from a unique angle. With only 20 participants per tour, you are guaranteed to have a personal experience with one of our expert guides!

Available: Daily from 1 October until 14 March
Time: 21:00
Duration: 1,5 hrs. - 2,5 hrs.
Min: 6 pax
Max: 20 pax

Meet us at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík where you will exchange your pre-paid voucher for boarding tickets. The adventure starts as soon as you set foot on board and grows as you touch the ground across the sea. Your guide will take you on a journey onto the mysterious and uninhabited island, free from any light pollution where the conditions for aurora spotting are optimal. Explore the unique landscape, artwork and buildings of Viðey as we make our way on top of the hill where you will get an incredible view of Reykjavík.

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon that occur when collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun enter earth's atmosphere. They can only be seen in the northern hemisphere between September and April and are best displayed under dark, clear skies. If the conditions are just right, they will emit the most incredible light show you will ever witness!

Enjoy a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate while your expert guide finds the best view on the island. Capturing the lights can be a bit tricky, but our guides are experienced photographers and available to assist you with finding the best spot, setting your gear up and even helping you with camera settings. Taking photos of the art work or buildings of the island with the lights in the background adds that something special to your pictures - it could be anything from the stunning blue light of the Imagine Peace Tower, the oldest stone building in Iceland or even yourself! 

If you don’t have a camera with you, don’t worry, we’ll teach you some tricks on how to take photos of the auroras with your phone. Even if you’re not interested in photography at all, you can still enjoy the incredible scenery and views from the island. Most importantly, make sure to take in the moment and be in the present!

Join us on a journey into the unknown and explore and experience all that nature has to offer on this intimate, mysterious tour!

Keep in mind that this tour will only run if we reach a minimum of 6 passengers. If we are forced to cancel the tour for any reason, we will notify you in good time and offer you to join us the next day, re-book for another tour or get a full refund.

What´s Included

  • Small-group tour
  • Ferry to and from Viðey island
  • Excellent guidance
  • Assistance with photography
  • Tripod to use with your own camera
  • Coffee / hot chocolate
  • Warm cottage
  • Cozy seating area
  • Toilet facilities
  • Crampons if needed
  • Panoramic views

What to bring

Sturdy footwear Warm clothing (thermals, hat, scarf and gloves) Tripod for better camera stability (if taking photographs)

Additional information

If no lights are seen on the tour we will offer you a complimentary ticket, valid for two years. The tour is weather dependent, so if the weather is too rough we might have to cancel the tour. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and unpredictable, so remember to bring patience and optimism with you.


Tour starting point: Old Harbour
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Tour starting point: Old Harbour

Tour area: Viðey island
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Tour area: Viðey island