Overview

If you're visiting the 'capital' of north Iceland, Akureyri, in the wintertime, you might be interested in a northern lights tour.

Highlights

  • Northern Lights search
  • Dark Icelandic Winter Night
  • Stargazing
  • Small groups

This is a very good area for spotting the aurora, and we wish you the best of luck!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
Availability Sept - April
Duration 2-3 hours
Departs From Akureyri
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 3 years
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

8 900
Per Adult
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What's included

Included

  • Hotel pick up & drop off in Akureyri
  • Guided northern lights tour

What to bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Gloves, scarf, hat.
  • A tripod is needed to get the best pictures of the northern lights

Not Included

  • Meals

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Introduction

Going out into the dark, frozen winter night to observe an unbelievable display of colors, 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 that 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 the cancellation of this northern lights tour are: the sky is 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.

Note: 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. 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.

friends watching aurora borealis in iceland

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.

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