If you're visiting the 'capital' of north Iceland, Akureyri, in the winter time, you might be interested in a northern lights tour. This is a very good area for spotting the aurora, and we wish you the best of luck!
This tour departs from Akureyri city in North Iceland
Duration: 2-3 hours
Available: Sept - Apr
Age limit: 3 years old
Difficulty: Easy / Sightseeing
- Northern Lights search
- Dark Icelandic Winter Night
- Small groups
Complimentary Pickup in Akureyri begins at 21:00 and can take up to 30 minutes.
Sightings cannot be guaranteed even if the tour is operated. In case of no northern lights a free second departure is offered the following evening.
Hotel pick up & drop off in Akureyri, guided northern lights tour.
Bring with you:
Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, gloves, scarf, hat. A tripod is needed to get the best pictures of the northern lights.
Children (3-12): 5 450
Northern Lights Complimentary: If your tour guide confirms that no Northern Lights were seen we will invite you on a complimentary Northern Light Tour, on the following departure. Please contact our sales team the day after your tour via email or phone. Be sure to contact before 15:00 so we can reserve your seat.
Going out into the dark, frozen winter night to observe an unbelievable display of colours, light and textures is like waking up in a fairy-tale full of mystery and magic.
You'll be picked up at your accommodation in Akureyri and drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from the glow of electric lights and city sounds.
The northern lights are visible from September through to April but can only be seen on a clear night. If the cloud, weather and atmospheric conditions are not suitable we cancel the tour.
The northern lights are one of those rare natural phenomenons which people all over the world feel excited about seeing. It is truly magical to see the northern lights dancing their brilliant patterns across the night sky when the northern hemisphere is approaching its time of almost total darkness. Seeing the glory of nature's color and magic is a majestic and never to be forgotten experience. At Extreme Iceland we want to give you the opportunity to chase the northern lights in a comfortable and fun way.
Some of the factors which can cause cancellation of this northern lights tour are: the sky being too cloudy, a snow blizzard or too high a temperature. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the weather, road or atmospheric conditions are not suitable.
What causes the Auroras?
The name 'aurora' comes from the Latin word aurora which means "sunrise" and was the Roman goddess of dawn.
Most auroras occur between 90 and 130 km above sea level.
Charged particles are flung off the surface of the sun and are funneled down along magnetic field lines towards the poles. The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere.
It's not only the atmosphere that protects us from the power of the sun. The magnetic field of the earth also shields us from the full intensity of cosmic radiation and from potentially deadly forces emanating from the sun.
The latter include the solar wind, which is a steady stream of energetic particles; solar flares, which in minutes release as much energy as billions of hydrogen bombs; and explosions in the outer region, or corona, of the sun, which blast billions of tons of matter into space.
You can see visible reminders of the protection from the earth's magnetic field. Solar flares and explosions in the sun's corona trigger intense auroras, colorful displays of light visible in the upper atmosphere near earth's magnetic poles.
Map - (click to enlarge)
Disclaimer: Changes to itinerary and cancellations are notified only via email. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and beyond our control. They are visible in Iceland from September through April but visibility is subject to Northern Lights activity and cloud coverage. We cannot guarantee sightings even if the tour is operated. In case of no sighting of the Northern Lights we offer our customers a complimentary second departure on Northern Lights Tour the following evening or next operated departure. Confirmed reservation is necessary for the complimentary tour. Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancel the tour.