Well, I just got inside having spent some hours in a park that is located inside the town of Akureyri. Long story short, the northern lights were AMAZING tonight. Around 1 am they peaked with magnificent movements and colors. At one point there was pink and purple. At other times they were faint green but got very intense at times, moving a lot and across the sky.
For those that are staying in Akureyri and don't have a car to get away from the lights of the town - there are quite a few places that are sheltered from the streetlights. I will share the location of the park I was at for those that are interested in trying to see the northern lights without having to leave the town. Here it is on a map: ja.is/kort/?type=map&x=541302&y=576150&z=10
The park is surrounded by the streets Hamarstígur, Byggðavegur, Þingvallastræti and Þórunnarstræti. There are several good aspects about this spot. First of all it has almost no artificial lights. There are streetlamps but only very few of them are lit, and you can stay away from them easily. There are trees surrounding the park (but still enough open area to see the sky from all sides) and the trees keep the wind out of there. Then this park is quite close to downtown. It's on the opposite road from the IcelandAir Hotel. This is not the only good viewing spot in Akureyri but it's a damn good one.
Now, the best thing to do if you really really want to see the northern lights is to get out of the town and drive to an area far away from ALL lights. But for some that's not always possible and that's why I'm posting this. I hope someone can benefit from this advice and perhaps I'll see some of you in that park sometime!
I might keep this thread active and post here whenever I'm seeing some NL's in the area in or around Akureyri. Anyone should feel free to do the same. We are all chasing the same thing after all :)Edited: 11:45 pm, August 27, 2013