Hunting Northern Lights by Snowcat on Múlakolla Mountain

Plow your way to the top of Múlakolla mountain in northern Iceland, which provides great views of the surrounding area as well as a particularly stunning vantage point for the Northern Lights.

You’ll make your way to the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Eyjafjordur area in a powerful snowcat to clear the path. The mountain stands 984 m (3228 ft) high. From here, you will have a view of almost the entire fjord, and across the Atlantic Ocean as well.

You’ll admire the twinkling lights of the houses of the nearby towns such as Ólafsfjörður, and the small settlements on Hrísey and Grimsey islands, out in the fjord itself. Away from these intrusive lights, you’ll be wrapped in the chill darkness of Icelandic winter as you cast your eyes to the sky.

The Northern Lights are one of the most enchanting parts of Iceland in winter, and locals, as well as visitors, hope to see these splashes of purple, pink, green and white splashed across the heavens; in fact, some tourists book their tours a year in advance in hopes of seeing them in person.

The Northern Lights are notoriously fickle. Depending on atmospheric conditions and weather, they can be difficult to see. But on a clear night, when solar winds are high and the atmosphere is full of charged particles reacting to the magnetic pole, it is a dazzling sight.

Throughout history, other cultures have tried to explain these mysterious lights in the sky. Certain Native American tribes believed that the lights were the spirits of the dearly departed, and when they shone brightly, it meant their loved ones were very happy.

Northern tribes in Finland believed the lights were sparks of static electricity caused by a spirit Arctic fox, whose fur rubbed against the mountains as he played.

Scholars of Norse mythology have suggested that the lights may be blows struck against the armour of the Valkyrie, whose armor sheds a “strange flickering light.” No matter how they appear to you, you will want to take photos to capture the moment.

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Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jan. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Grimsey, Eyjafjörður, Hrísey, Ólafsfjörður, Tröllaskági
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 22:30

You meet us at the departure location.
Ólafsfjörður
Included:
  • English-speaking guide

  • Snowcat tour of Múlakolla mountain

  • Hot chocolate

  • Transportation to the Múlakolla / Ólafsfjörður starting point


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (waterproof recommended)

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Hat & gloves

  • Camera


Good to know:

Operation of the tour and choice/availability of activities are dependent on weather conditions. If the tour is cancelled due to weather, you will receive a full refund.

The Northern Lights are dependent on weather and other atmospheric conditions. There is no guarantee when or where they may be seen. If the weather and aurora forecast and if it is favorable, the tour will proceed. If the tour is cancelled due to weather, you will receive full refund. If you do not see the Northern Lights on your tour, you can book the tour on another day for free in order to try again!



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