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Akureyri: Northern Lights Tour

1. Akureyri: Northern Lights Tour

We pick you up from your hotel in the evening and together we go in search of the Northern Lights in the sky. Named after the Roman goddess Aurora these colourful lights swirl around the sky in a dramatic dance, leave different patterns and shapes. We drive away from the electric street lights of Akureyri on our Northern Lights hunt. Once we find the lights, we make sure you get good time to both intake this beauty and take as good picture of it as you possible can. The Northern Lights have had a number of names throughout the history. The Greek´s called this phenomenon the “Dance of the Spirits”. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, these lights were commonly believed to be a sign from God. The old Icelandic folktale tell us about the angels dancing in heaven, their dresses were suppose to create these magnificent shapes of lights in the sky.

From Reykjavik: 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

2. From Reykjavik: 6-Day Small Group Tour of Iceland

Your Icelandic adventure begins with pickup from Reykjavik and heads out along the Golden Circle. Marvel at the natural landmarks of Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir and Þingvellir National Park, admire hot water spouting from the earth, and learn about the history of Iceland while you travel. Spend your first night at a cozy hotel on the South Coast. On day 2, visit the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the cascades for a truly breathtaking experience. From here you'll embark on a hiking tour to a nearby ancient glacier before heading back to the black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Spend the night in the small village of Vík, and enjoy free time in the evening to explore the local area or mingle with your fellow travelers. On day 3, discover Skaftafell National Park, where glistening white sheets of ice contrast against the stark black sand. Afterward, take a tour of a stunning ice cave and see huge blocks of ice floating in the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Spend the evening looking for the world-famous Northern Lights, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Day 4 takes you on a wildlife exploration through the East Fjords in search of wild reindeer and other native animals. Next, learn about the culture and way of life of nearby local villages then pass by Lake Lagarfljót, where a monster is said to live! Marvel at the forests of Hallormsstaðaskógur before spending the night at a sleepy village. Explore the geothermal region of Lake Mývatn on day 5 and see the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. Continue to the Námaskarð Pass to gaze at the earth boiling and bubbling before your eyes, then spend the night in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. Finally, on day 6, wander along the breathtaking fjord of Eyjafjörður and visit Kaffi Kú to get to meet local farmers. You'll stop by Hauganes for a whale watching tour, included in this adventurous getaway. At the end of a busy and exciting 6-day trip, travel back to Reykjavik where your adventure comes to an end.

Akureyri: Northern Lights Photography Tour

3. Akureyri: Northern Lights Photography Tour

After being collected from your nearby hotel, you will drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds. Out here you will be able to enjoy the beautiful night sky at the best possible situation, of course depending on the weather. Also called Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon visible only in the far northern hemisphere. They are a unique display of light caused by a particle collision in the magnetic field of the polar caps. Your goal is not only to find the right sights for best photograph, but also to take your time to enjoy this fragile single moment that will never come again, but you may well remember for the rest of your life.

Akureyri: Northern Lights Tour in North Iceland

4. Akureyri: Northern Lights Tour in North Iceland

Hunt for the northern lights on this guided tour from Akureyri. Listen as your local guide shares Icelandic tales and savor a warming cup of hot chocolate. Have a second chance if you miss the northern lights on the first time, with the chance to take the tour again on the next night for free.  Be picked up from select hotels in Akureyri or from a centrally-located meeting point. Sit back and relax in the van as you head out into the rural countryside. Escape the light pollution of the city, so you can see the lights with all their natural vibrancy.  Be captivated with tales for the winter night as your guide shares local stories with you. Curl your fingers around a cup of tasty hot chocolate. Look for the lights and stay warm along the way. Get tips on how to capture the perfect picture of the dancing lights. 

Akureyri: Hunt for the Northern Lights

5. Akureyri: Hunt for the Northern Lights

Get away from the light pollution of the city and enjoy a night of hunting for the elusive northern lights after dark. The solar activity that produces northern lights has been very active this winter so it's the perfect time to go. The areas around Akureyri are some of the best places to see the aurora. Your tour will take you out of the city, away from residential light pollution, for the clearest view of the night sky. You may even get to see the Milky Way if you're lucky. Based on the predictions, the guides will choose which direction to go from Akureyri for the best possibility of seeing the awe-inspiring northern lights. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring your camera. Your guide will give you tips and pointers for spotting the northern lights as sometimes they start very faintly. You can opt for pickup from your hotel, or you can meet the tour guide with the van at the meeting point.

Akureyri: Northern Lights 4WD Day Trip with Hot Chocolate

6. Akureyri: Northern Lights 4WD Day Trip with Hot Chocolate

Increase your chances of seeing the northern lights with this guided tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Akureyri. Travel to areas where there are peak viewing conditions in a comfortable minibus and a climate-controlled, all-terrain vehicle.  Hop aboard a mini bus and transfer to a jeep or super truck. Go out of town to the countryside, away from the bright lights of the city so that the Northern Lights can be seen in all their beauty and colors.  Listen as your local guide shares Icelandic tales during the journey on this magical tour. Sip on a tasty and warming cup of hot chocolate while you soak up the Icelandic night. Return to your accommodation in Akureyri at the end of your tour.  Skip the stress of missing the northern lights, on a tour that offers a complimentary second try tour on the following night if no lights are spotted. 

Akureyri: Northern Lights Tour with Transfer and Snacks

7. Akureyri: Northern Lights Tour with Transfer and Snacks

Experience the wonder of the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in the quiet and peaceful Icelandic nature and get to see places where most regular tours don't go. Enjoy some hot chocolate and twisted doughnuts to keep you warm. Get picked up at your hotel and drive through beautiful landscapes to reach a specific spot and gaze at the magical colors of the northern lights of Iceland. Enjoy this experience at night to make the most of the peaceful surroundings.

Akureyri: Northern Light chase by Super Jeep

8. Akureyri: Northern Light chase by Super Jeep

We will take you out in to the dark and frozen winter night in one of our Super Jeeps for a hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights. A vivid Northern Light display is like nothing you have ever seen before, to watch the spectacular show of color, light and texture dancing on the sky is like a fairy tale to those who are fortunate enough to observe it. Normally we will take you to some of the better known easy to reach viewing spots such as Goðafoss or Héðinsfjörður, but if non of those location look promising for the night then we will try to take you to some locations at a higher altitude in the mountains around Akureyri for a better chance to see the lights. We will also do our best to assist you with your camera settings so that you can take good photos of the lights to show you friends back home. Since the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon then we can however not guaranty that we will be able to see the lights every time, but we will certainly do our best and try to have a good time during our search.

Akureyri: Private Northern Lights Tour with Transfer & Snack

9. Akureyri: Private Northern Lights Tour with Transfer & Snack

Experience the wonder of the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in the quiet and peaceful Icelandic nature and see places where most regular tours don't go. Enjoy some hot chocolate and some twisted doughnuts to keep you warm and enjoy the views of Iceland at nighttime.

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What people are saying about Akureyri

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I highly recommend this tour to all people willing to come to Iceland and see beautiful landscape. During this 6 day tour, I was able to visit most of the beautiful places along the ring road. I really liked the ice cave and the glaciar hiking. There are some other places that we visited which were not mentioned in the program such as Chrismas House and beautiful canyons, which I found very beautiful too. I am sure that this tour is perfect for those who want to see the beauty of Iceland within a short period of time. But this tour is also ideal to those willing to stay more in Iceland, because an 8 day tour is also available. Our guide Ionuț was very passionate and friendly, which made my trip even more pleasant.

This tour was a part of the 8 day tour. More details about both are available at Our guide Siggi loved his job. He was more excited in seeing the attractions, though he had been doing this for many years. On the 5th day, he drove us around, chasing Northern lights. The whole sky lit up with the dancing lights!

Very fun! The northern lights weren’t particularly strong and there was a decent amount of cloud cover, but the guide drove us to several different locations and in the end we got to see the lights, although it was brief! The bus was comfortable and the guide was very friendly

1 excursion 1 Aurora Borealis. Expert guide who just picked up headed to a great place! The stories of the guide where he explained the history of the Northern Lights were also very interesting!

Very good excursion with very friendly guide. Small restricted group. We saw very pretty Northern Lights and were lucky enough to have some lovely photos taken by the guide. I recommend !