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Akureyri Northern Lights Tour

The Aurora Borealis in the North of Iceland

We guarantee that you will never forget the Aurora once you have seen it, so come and join us and glory in the world’s most remarkable naturally occurring phenomenon.


This mesmerizing tour departs from, Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city, and takes us on a hunt across ice-carpeted landscapes in search of the ethereal Northern Lights. The celestial light show that illuminates skies throughout the Northern Hemisphere has inspired awe and wonder in whoever has seen it. Philosophers, theologians, and scientists spent millennia trying to explain it, with the Vikings believing that it was light reflecting off the armor of the Valkyries as they charged into battle. We now know that it is caused by particles colliding in the magnetic fields of the polar ice-caps, although even the most ardent realist cannot help but believe in the supernatural for a brief second when they see the dancing colors flicker across the sky.

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    ~ 3 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    No age limit

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    8.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Northern Lights Hunting
Dark Icelandic Winter Night
Pick-up & drop off from Akureyri
Northern Lights Photos
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide

Our adventure begins in Akureyri, when we collect you at 21:30 in one of our specially designed vehicles and head out into the vast Icelandic countryside in search of the elusive celestial light show, known as the Northern Lights. We will quickly leave the lights of the city behind, ensuring that we have the best view of the Aurora possible.  

It is, of course, impossible to guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights, however, our expert guides will use information from the Icelandic Met Office and prevailing local knowledge to give us the best opportunity to see them. If you do not see the lights, then we will offer you the chance to come on the next available tour for free.

When we do see them then you are in for a treat: dancing shades of purple, green, pink and red illuminate the star-studded sky, creating an enchanting heavenly show that will excite and delight in equal measure. It truly is an ineffable experience that words will never do justice, to understand its magic you have to experience it. Our friendly guides will tell you everything that you need to know about it and use their expertise to help you immortalize this incredible experience with either our or your camera. It will be a night without compare that will remain with you for the rest of your life, so come and join us, we guarantee that you won’t regret it!

Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 21:30 pm from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Akureyri. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.

Return time

You will return to your hotel around midnight.

Practical Information

What to bring: Warm layers, headwear, gloves and a scarve.

Please note

We will deliver all notifications about the tour via email, so please make sure that you check it close to your departure time.

The lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee that we will see them on any particular night. They regularly appear in the Icelandic night sky between September and April and we will use all available information to give us the best chance of seeing them.

If we do not see the Northern Lights then we offer a complimentary second tour, ensuring that you have the best chance to see them.

The prevailing weather and road conditions may cause the tour to be longer than stated or cause the tour to be canceled. Our visitor’s safety is paramount, and we will never put you in danger.

The Icelandic winters are cold, and we strongly recommend bringing warm clothing, gloves and a hat.

What if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen?

A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.
Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour.

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour gets cancelled?

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354-562-7000.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If the tour is canceled, you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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