NORTHERN LIGHTS HOLIDAYS

With the ever increasing popularity of Northern Lights holidays we are delighted to have expanded our programme to offer you some of the best opportunities for viewing the Northern Lights or aurora borealis across northern Europe. The majority of our Northern Lights holidays can be tailor-made to your requirements so do contact us.

We have written a brief guide to the range of winter holidays we offer and you should also read our Top 10 Tips for Northern Lights Holidays.

Had a really great time - everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to ensure we had a good time. Even the Northern Lights performed superbly!Miss. J. A. - Surrey

The guide told us about the Nothern Lights while we were having hot drinks. As he started talking about them the lights came out behind him - it was amazing!Ms. K. N. - London

Suggested Itineraries

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Finland

Northern Lights Hideaway

4 Days

Unique Kelo-Glass Igloo - Winter activities in the wilds of Lapland - Excellent opportunities to view Northern Lights

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Aurora Glamping

4 Days

Glamping in Finnish Lapland - Excellent northern lights opportunities - Organic cuisine

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Simply Kakslauttanen

5 Days

Finland's famous Glass Igloo's - Pure untouched wilderness - Remote northern lights viewing opportunities - Autumn or winter activities of your choice

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Winter Romance at Iso Syote

5 Days

Luxurious and romantic hotel suites - Private sauna - Jacuzzi under the stars - Uninterrupted views to the northern night skies - Exciting winter activities

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Festive Family Adventure

6 Days

Christmas in Lapland - Search for Santa - Reindeers and huskies - Family fun

Searching for the Northern Lights

4 Days

Beautiful winter landscapes - Reindeers, snowmobiles and huskies - Small boutique hotel - Northern Lights viewing

Lapland Winter Adventure

7 Days

Winter in Lapland - Reindeer experience - Snowmobiling - Overnight husky adventure to a wilderness cabin

Fell Lapland Discovery

7 Days

Stunning fell Lapland - Perfect blend of relaxation and winter activities - Comfortable base in a family run hotel - Delicious cuisine

Aurora Northern Adventure

8 Days

Beautiful Lapland - Fun packed programme of guided activities - Northern lights - Friendly Finnish hospitality from a small hotel

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Relax Under the Northern Lights

4 Days

Luosto in winter - Fantastic Finnish hospitality - Stay in a Glass View Room under the Arctic night skies

Relax & Explore at Iso-Syöte

8 Days

The magic of Lapland in winter - Authentic log cabin - Huskies and snowmobiles - Mountain top views

Aurora Experience at Nellim

5 Days

Excellent opportunities to see the northern lights - Exhilarating winter activities - A warm Sami welcome and Lapp cuisine

5 Day Wilderness Adventure

5 Days

Stunning Lapland in winter - Exhilarating husky & snowmobile safaris - Remote northern lights viewing - Expert private guiding & genuine hospitality

Lake Inari Autumn Auroras

4 Days

Colourful Ruska landscape - Excellent autumn aurora viewing opportunities - Stay in an exclusive Aurora Bubble

Lake Inari Husky Adventure

5 Days

Exhilarating 2 or 3 day husky safari - Small group guaranteed departures - Hearty home cooked meals - Authentic wilderness experience

Authentic Lapland at Torassieppi

7 Days

Stay on a traditional reindeer farm - Nature friendly winter activities - Local culture and Lappish handicrafts - Delicious organic meals

Into The Wilderness

7 Days

The beauty of Lapland - Overnight wilderness adventure by snowshoe or backcountry ski - Snowmobile and husky safari - Expert guiding and Finnish hospitality

Iceland

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Into The Glacier

5 days

Explore Iceland's vibrant capital - Venture inside Langjokull glacier - Free time to explore the West - Relax in geothermal baths under the northern lights or midnight sun

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

7 Days or to your requirements

Boutique countryside accommodation - Iconic Golden Circle - Spectacular waterfalls - Journey inside a glacier - Whale watching

South Iceland Explorer by Super Jeep

5 Days

The secrets of the South - Traverse dramatic landscapes by Super Jeep - Lava caving - Glacial hike - Northern lights - Iceland's Golden Circle

Iceland Winter in Style

8 Days

Boutique country hotels - Northern lights - Geothermal activity at Geysir - Gullfoss & the waterfalls of the South Coast

Iceland Winter Escape

4 Days

Vibrant Reykjavik - Search for the Northern Lights - Frozen winter landscapes - Super jeep tour - Snowmobiling on Langjökull - Blue Lagoon

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Icelandic Weekend Adventure

4 Days

Stay in vibrant Reykjavik - Lava caving - Snorkel in a fissure - Glacier hike - Northern lights by Super Jeep

Orcas & Auroras - Self-Drive

4 Days

Freedom to explore the spectacular winter landscapes - Winter whale watching - Chance to see the northern lights - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Sweden

Focus on Swedish Lapland - Photographic Tour

4 Days

Photographic guidance - Arctic wildlife - Aurora hunting - ICEHOTEL - Excellent cuisine

Swedish Winter Weekend

4 Days

Relax in the Aurora Spa - Husky safari - Genuine Swedish hospitality - Inspired Swedish cuisine

Winter Gems of Swedish Lapland

5 Days

Genuine Swedish hospitality - Visit the ICEHOTEL - Moose safari on horseback - Aurora hunt by SkyArc - Sami culture

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Forest Retreat at Treehotel

3 Days

6 unique treerooms - Bespoke, stylish interiors - Peaceful forest setting - Delicious home-cooked cuisine - Available year round

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New Year in Swedish Lapland

5 days

New Year in Lapland - 4 Course New Year Supper - Guided tour of ICEHOTEL - Optional winter activities

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A White Christmas in Swedish Lapland

5 Days

Christmas in Lapland - Meet Santa Claus - Winter snow fun - Genuine Swedish hospitality and delicious cuisine

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ICEHOTEL

To your requirements

The original ICEHOTEL - Once in a lifetime experience - Guided tour - Sleep on a bed of ice

Once in a lifetime experience in unbelievably low temperatures and the most beautiful scenery. Didn't see the dancing lights, but saw the green glow. Unforgettable. It was like holidaying in Narnia. Absolutely fabulous time.Mrs. J. K. - London

Introduction to Northern Lights Holidays

The Northern Lights or aurora borealis is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the Earth's atmosphere at altitudes of 100km or more above us. CMEs or Coronal Mass Ejections from the Sun, 93 million miles away in space are explosions of plasma released when magnetic fields within the Sun break. If these are aimed at Earth then within 8 minute particles will reach us but can take up to 5 days to travel around Earth. When these charged particles reach our atmosphere they interact with molecules in the air and create the colourful displays of aurora. The charged particles follow Earth's magnetic fields to the polar regions. Hence around the North Pole there is a constant auroral oval.

During the summer the Northern Lights are not visible as there is 24 hour daylight but by August and through until April it is possible to see the Northern Lights. We have seen them in September, through the winter and into April.

These Northern Lights are so called as they are most often seen at northern latitudes, but in fact also occur in the south and the Southern Lights can be seen in places like New Zealand and Tasmania as well as Antarctica, if you happen to be there in winter!

The Northern Lights appear in various forms and are constantly moving, often arcing in the night sky in the active form that can result in fantastic displays over many hours. More dense, sometimes faint aurora are called the quiet Northern Lights and may come and go over a matter of minutes. They can form magnificent crowns above your head or pulsate brilliantly. The colours vary, mostly greens but blues and reds do also occur.

So what are the chances of you seeing the aurora borealis on your Northern Lights holidays?

We have been selling Northern Lights holidays now for over 15 years and some of the guidelines below will help you understand your chances of seeing the aurora.

It was predicted that winter 2012/2013 was set to have the most auroral activity for the next 11 years or so due to a solar maximum. However, NASA revised their forecast in February 2013 and this occurred later in 2013. A solar maximum occurs when sunspot activity reaches the peak of its 11 year cycle and during this period Northern Lights sightings are expected to be more intense and more frequent. However, already this winter there have been some tremendous auroral displays and it is still a great time to travel north in search of the Northern Lights.

The further north you are the better and it's a good idea to find somewhere with clear skies which is why we prefer northern Finland and Sweden, under the band of the auroral oval and well away from the mountains and Gulf Stream that can affect the weather of coastal Norway. Furthermore, this area of Lapland often sees prolonged periods of stabilised weather with clear skies for night time viewing and pleasant sunny days for activities. This weather occurs less frequently early in the winter when there are few daylight hours and the snows are generally being laid down. As a point of note, Christmas and New Year are not necessarily the best time to be trying to find the Northern Lights.

The best time to be outside to view the Northern Lights is between 2100h and 0100h although they can occur later in the night when storms bounce along our magnetic pathways and repeat themselves. However, this period around magnetic-midnight is usually the best time to view them.

The places we offer have all been chosen carefully for their location, the ability to get away from artificial street lighting and often with telephone or other alarm calls so that you have a chance to wake and see the northern lights if they appear late at night. Of course another consideration at this time of the year is having some winter activities to enjoy during the daytime, hoping that the adventures and fresh air do not put you to sleep before the Northern Lights appear!

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