Hunting Northern Lights by Snowcat on Mulakolla Mountain

Hunting Northern Lights by Snowcat on Mulakolla Mountain
Snapshotting the Northern Lights is a dream of many photographers, both locally and from those abroad.
The Northern Lights are often accompanied by a beautiful night sky, even with the odd shooting star.
The Northern Lights appear like ancient dancing spirits in the night sky.
The Northern Lights will often appear and dance in a spectrum of different colours.
The Northern Lights will often appear as a green wave, but will sometimes compliment itself with red, orange and purple shades.
The chance to see the Northern Lights is one of Iceland's biggest attractions.
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Plow your way to the top of Múlakolla mountain in northern Iceland, which provides great views of the surrounding area as well as a particularly stunning vantage point for the Northern Lights.

You’ll make your way to the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Eyjafjördur area in a powerful snowcat to clear the path. The mountain stands 984 m (3228 ft) high. From here, you will have a view of almost the entire fjord, and across the Atlantic Ocean as well.

You’ll admire the twinkling lights of the houses of the nearby towns such as Ólafsfjörður, and the small settlements on Hrísey and Grímsey islands, out in the fjord itself. Away from these intrusive lights, you’ll be wrapped in the chill darkness of Icelandic winter as you cast your eyes to the sky.

The Northern Lights are one of the most enchanting parts of Iceland in winter, and locals, as well as visitors, hope to see these stokes of purple, pink, green and white splashed across the heavens; in fact, some travellers book their tours a year in advance in hopes of seeing them in person.

The Northern Lights are notoriously fickle. Depending on atmospheric conditions and weather, they can be difficult to see. But on a clear night, when solar winds are high and the atmosphere is full of charged particles reacting to the magnetic pole, it is a dazzling sight.

Throughout history, other cultures have tried to explain these mysterious lights in the sky. Certain Native American tribes believed that the lights were the spirits of the dearly departed, and when they shone brightly, it meant their loved ones were very happy.

Northern tribes in Finland believed the lights were sparks of static electricity caused by a spirit Arctic fox, whose fur rubbed against the mountains as he played.

Scholars of Norse mythology have suggested that the lights may be blows struck against the armour of the Valkyrie, whose armour sheds a “strange flickering light.” No matter how they appear to you, you will want to take photos to capture the moment.

Don’t miss your chance to see the famous Northern Lights of Iceland! Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jan. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Attractions: Grimsey, Eyjafjörður, Hrísey, Ólafsfjörður, Tröllaskagi
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 22:30.


Please be ready at the meet-up location 20 minutes before tour departure. Should you need assistance finding the meeting location, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • English-speaking guide

  • Snowcat tour of Múlakolla mountain

  • Hot chocolate

  • Transportation to the Múlakolla / Ólafsfjörður starting point

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (waterproof recommended)

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Hat & gloves

  • Camera

Good to know:

Operation of the tour and choice/availability of activities are dependent on weather conditions. If the tour is cancelled due to weather, you will receive a full refund.

The Northern Lights are dependent on weather and other atmospheric conditions. There is no guarantee when or where they may be seen. If the weather and aurora forecast and if it is favorable, the tour will proceed. If the tour is cancelled due to weather, you will receive full refund. If you do not see the Northern Lights on your tour, you can book the tour on another day for free in order to try again!


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