The Northern Lights must be one of Iceland’s most sought after winter attraction. It is one of the most spectacular shows and can frequently been seen in Akureyri and surroundings from September to mid-April on clear nights. The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. There is a range of Northern Light tours operating from Akureyri where you can experience the Northern Lights either on a boat, on a horse, while skiing on mountain tops or simply by foot. Make sure you have your photography gears with you as this is a show you will want to capture.
If you are here during the winter, there is a good chance you can see some Northern Lights. On this website, you can follow the forecast for visible Northern Lights each day, but clear skies and cold air are the best conditions to see them.