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
Excellent Aurora opportunities

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Aurora Glamping

4 Days

Glamping in Finnish Lapland
Excellent aurora opportunities
Organic cuisine
Optional winter pursuits

Simply Kakslauttanen

5 Days

Finland's famous glass igloos
Pure untouched wilderness
Remote northern lights viewing
Autumn or winter activities

Winter Romance at Iso Syote

5 Days

Luxurious suites
Private sauna
Jacuzzi under the stars
Northern Lights
Winter activities

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Christmas in Lapland

6 Days

Festive family adventure
Search for Santa
Reindeers and huskies
Guaranteed white Christmas
Glogi and gingerbread

Searching for the Northern Lights

4 Days

Small boutique hotel
Beautiful Luosto
Reindeers, snowmobiles and huskies
Northern Lights viewing

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Lapland Winter Adventure

8 Days

Winter in Lapland
Reindeer experience
Snowmobiling
Overnight husky adventure
Wilderness cabin stay

NEW

Lapland for Lovers

4 Days

Romantic Lapland
Husky Dog Sledding
Snowmobiles and reindeer
Private Aurora Sledge
Exclusive Aurora Bubble

NEW

Lapp of Luxury

3 Days

Stay on the Arctic Circle
Beautiful Nordic suites
Optional winter activities
Aurora opportunities

NEW

Oivanki Wilderness Adventure

5 days

Private guiding
Log cabin stay
Taiga forest in Lappish winter
Northern lights opportunities
Winter safaris

Fell Lapland Discovery

7 Days

Stunning fell Lapland
Relaxation and winter activities
Family run hotel
Delicious cuisine

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Aurora Northern Adventure

8 Days

Beautiful Lapland
Fun packed guided activities
Northern lights
Friendly Finnish hospitality
Small boutique hotel

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Relax Under the Northern Lights

4 Days

Luosto in winter
Fantastic Finnish hospitality
Glass View Room
Arctic night skies

Aurora Experience at Nellim

5 Days

Excellent Aurora viewing
Exhilarating winter activities
A warm Sami welcome
Delicious Lapp cuisine

NEW

Husky Adventure to the Wilderness

4 days

Overnight dog sled
Wilderness cabin stay
Remote northern lights
Glass View Room luxury

Lake Inari Autumn Auroras

4 Days

Colourful Ruska landscapes
Autumn aurora viewing
Exclusive Aurora Bubble

Lake Inari Husky Adventure

5 Days

Multi-day husky safari
Small group departures
Hearty home-cooked meals
Authentic wilderness experience

Into The Wilderness

7 Days

Beautiful Lapland
Snowshoe adventure
Wilderness cabin stay
Wilderness skills
Snowmobiles and huskies
Expert private guiding

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

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

7 unique treerooms
Stylish interiors
Peaceful forest setting
Delicious home-cooked cuisine
Available year round

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
Delicious cuisine

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ICEHOTEL

To your requirements

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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