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The Northern Lights

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The Aurora Borealis is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights, setting the skies of the far reaches of our planet ablaze with shapes and colours. Displays vary in intensity and duration but they still inspire poets, artists and photographers alike.

 

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 to the chance of a truly once in a lifetime experience. The season is from September to April, but December, January and February offer the longest hours of darkness, maximising your chances. For the clearest views, avoid dates where there is a full moon.

Where should I go?

Arctic Scandinavia is the place to be to track down the elusive, other-worldly glow. 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 – which is why our remote departures hold the advantage over a quick city break. Step into a frozen wilderness far from crowded cities to ensure the best chances of seeing the greatest light show on Earth. We have trips in Sweden, Iceland and Greenland.

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?

Daytime activities depend entirely on your choice of trip. There are a plethora of options above the Arctic Circle, from a mixed activity week in the Finnish wilderness of Oulanka National Park, to trips that focus exclusively on dogsledding or snowshoeing, and we also offer the chance to go whale watching. Finally there are our dedicated Iceland Northern Lights and Finland Northern Lights adventures, specially designed to take advantage of this burst of solar action.

Northern Lights Holidays

Iceland Northern Lights

Iceland Northern Lights

5 days From
USD $1,750.00

See Iceland's best sights in one weekend

  • See glaciers, lava tubes and waterfalls
  • Experience unrivalled natural phenomena
  • Search for the Northern Lights
Whales & Northern Lights

Whales & Northern Lights

5 days From
USD $1,750.00

See Iceland's natural phenomena and impressive sea life

  • See magnificent whales
  • Search for the Northern Lights
  • Visit some of Iceland's natural phenomena
Finland Northern Lights

 Finland Northern Lights

4 days From
USD $1,715.00

Long weekend in Arctic Finland to view the Northern Lights

  • See the Northern lights with expert guides
  • Enjoy exciting winter activities
  • Experience a unique wilderness location
Lapland Adventure & the Icehotel

Lapland Adventure & the Icehotel

7 days From
USD $3,500.00

5 days mixed activities in spectacular Arctic Sweden

  • Experience a night in the world famous Icehotel
  • Dogsled along silent forest trails
  • See the spectacular Northern Lights
Finnish Wilderness Week

Finnish Wilderness Week

8 days From
USD $1,750.00

Mixed activity week in a remote part of Finland

  • Stay in cosy accomodation in a beautiful wilderness location
  • Benefit from having all winter equipment for arctic conditions included
  • Explore 2 Finnish national parks

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