Northern Lights Holidays
The stunning Aurora Borealis is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights, setting the skies of the far reaches of our planet ablaze with dazzling shapes and colours, dancing in a hypnotic rhythm. Displays vary in intensity and duration but they still inspire poets, artists and photographers alike.
This year has started impressively, with the much talked about 'Solar Flip' set to amaze us with the level and intensity of the displays. We have a fantastic range of winter experiences in destinations where the Northern Lights are simply a part of the winter skyscape.
"When is the best time to see them?"
To witness the lights in their full glory there is first a checklist of location, time of year and setting (not forgetting clear skies!), which all contribute. The season is from September to April, but December, January and February offer the longest hours of darkness, maximising your chances.
"Where should I go?"
Whilst it is impossible to guarantee, the best ways of ensuring a good sighting of the lights is to be under a cloudless sky and as far from natural sources of lights as possible. The best spots are far from crowded cities and we have trips in fantastic locations in Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland.
"What’s the best way to photograph the Northern lights?"
If all you have is a small point and shoot camera, the best photos you’ll get will be the dark of the night sky with an extremely faint green glow on the horizon. Your friends may not even believe you have seen them. However, if you are looking for that “National Geographic-esque” shot then you will need a good-quality digital SLR, preferably a wide angle lens. A sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release are essential due to the long exposure time required. If you have all of these and are comfortable with the manual settings, then all that’s missing is a healthy dose of good luck on your side (which sadly you cannot buy).
"What happens during the day?"
Our dedicated Northern Lights trips to Iceland and Finland have a number of included excursions to search out the best spots and displays, coupled with daily activities to make the most of the location, be it enormous frozen waterfalls, volcanoes or whale watching in Iceland, or cross-country skiing and dogsledding in Finland. Elsewhere there is a plethora of options within the Arctic Circle, from mixed activity weeks in the Finnish wilderness of Oulanka National Park and the Vesteralen Islands of northern Norway, to whale watching and trips that focus exclusively on dogsledding or snowshoeing.
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Have you ever seen the Northern Lights and where? Is it on your wish list?