If the northern lights are what you’re after, but you’ve also envisioned spending time soaking in hot springs together and enjoying a variety of outdoor adventures, Akureyri, Iceland may be where you want to go. It sits at the bottom of Iceland’s longest fjord, which measures 37 miles from its mouth to the bottom, surrounded by soaring, majestic mountains that are filled with awe-inspiring waterfalls, roaring rivers, and lush forests. This beautiful town nicknamed “Capital of the North,” is the country’s second largest urban area, after the greater Reykjavik area, but it’s home to just a little over 17,000 inhabitants. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find lots to do, including the chance to view the aurora from about late September through early April, whale watching, hiking, 4X4 tours, and relaxing in the warm waters of the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths. The town itself offers a number of notable cultural attractions, including a botanical garden which contains nearly every plant that grows in Iceland, while the main street, running along the oceanfront, is dotted with beautiful old houses and interesting museums.