Northern Lights Hunt from Akureyri

Northern Lights Hunt from Akureyri
A snow-filled road in the North Iceland countryside with the Aurora looming over the horizon.
The quirky landscape and snowy mountains of North Iceland make for an ideal backdrop for a Northern Lights display.
The Northern Lights are particularly strong, vibrant and colourful in North Iceland.
Braving the mountain roads of North Iceland during winter is best done with a local guide and proper transportation.
Looking up at the Aurora of the Arctic sky from Iceland's northern capital Akureyri.
The fjords of North Iceland create a perfect mirror for the Northern Lights dancing in the Arctic sky.
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Hunt for the Northern Lights in their prime location, North Iceland, on this winter tour from Akureyri. If you're staying in this part of the country and wish to have a guided experience enjoying the mystic appeal of the Aurora, this is the tour for you.

You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Akureyri and taken outside town limits to the beautiful countryside in the fullness of night. This is to provide you with the best possible conditions to view the Northern Lights, which is darkness and clear skies.

Akureyri is in the far north of Iceland, making the winters there darker and longer than in the capital region of South Iceland. Akureyri is also a much smaller city, so you won't need to drive as far out into the night to escape the town's light pollution.

For centuries, viewers of these magical lights have tried to explain what they were, before realised as particles from solar winds reacting with gases in the atmosphere. Some cultures believed that they were messages from the dearly departed or the godly fires of the creator up in the sky.

Winters in the North are often heavy with snow and ice, so you might not want to drive out yourself in search of the Aurora Borealis. You can let your experienced local driver and guide do that for you, guaranteeing you a safe and pleasant journey. 

It may be best, as well, to bring your camera for a keepsake of this unforgettable experience, and a thermos of something warm to ward off the chill as you search the night skies, for veils of glimmering light flashing between the stars.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of an unbelievable display of colour, light and texture on a cold, dark night, like something out of a fairytale, and join this popular winter adventure of hunting for the Aurora. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: North Iceland, Akureyri, Eyjafjörður
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 21:00.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • English guide

  • Transportation

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Warm clothing

  • Good walking shoes

Good to know:

Changes to itinerary and cancellations are notified only via email.

The lights are a natural phenomenon and beyond our control. They are visible in Iceland from September through April but visibility is subject to light activity and cloud coverage.

We cannot guarantee sightings even if the tour is operatedIn case of no sighting of the Northern Lights we offer our customers a complimentary second departure on the following evening or next operated departure. Confirmed reservation is necessary for the complimentary tour.

Due to weather or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancellation


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We had an amazing night in Akureyri with a great guide. The Northern light presented itself in a spectacular way and being dressed up properly (termal / windproof) helped a lot. Loved it!
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Nice guide guy. We were able to see the lights even when the forecast was on 9% of probability. Make sure to go with very comfy and appropriate weather clothes. At night its freezing.
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Akureyri is a very picturesque town. Even though it is not as light polluted as Reykjavik, the city light still affects viewing of northern lights. With this tour we were able to go into complete darkness, which is idea for northern lights viewing. My friend knows how to drive but she will not be confident to drive to unknown wilderness in the dark. So it is best to join a tour and let the professional guide do his job!
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We did not see the northern lights. The tour guide was a nice guy who provided us with some hot chocolate while we waited for the northern lights.
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