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The Best Places to See the Northern Lights

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Dancing across the skies in a kaleidoscope of colours, the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, is one of Mother Nature’s greatest shows. Created by colliding particles in the earth’s atmosphere, the ethereal lights are some of the most sought-after natural phenomena.

Where are the Best Places to see the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights can often be seen gracing the polar skies of the Northern Hemisphere in countries such as Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. And with our locals leading the way, we're your ultimate guide to the greatest show.

When is the Best Time to See the Northern Lights?

It’s well known that the Aurora Borealis is an elusive spectacle and sightings can’t be guaranteed. However, our Northern Lights tours and expert guides ensure we optimise your chances of witnessing the Aurora by taking you to the best viewing spots during prime weather conditions. You are more likely to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights between the months of September and March when the skies are at their darkest. But rest assured our local guides will take you off the beaten track and away from the glare of light pollution when the skies are clear, so you can bask in the full beauty of the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights in Iceland

 

Iceland is not only one of the most phenomenal countries in the world with its diverse landscapes, it’s also a favourite location for hunting the Aurora Borealis.

Starting in the cultural capital of Reykjavik, our Iceland Northern Lights tour is packed with guided trips among the most incredible sights. From Gullfoss Waterfall, the Great Geysir and Thingvellir National Park to the immense Glacial Lagoon, you’ll be in awe at what Iceland has to offer. You’ll also be whisked off to the best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland when the conditions are at their peak.

If you’re looking for an adrenalin rush during your visit to the country, our Aurora and Adventure in Iceland takes you on an ATV tour across dramatic volcanic landscapes. In between bathing in hot creeks and scouring the sky for the Northern Lights over Iceland, you’ll have the opportunity to hike over glaciers, watch erupting geysers and experience the natural healing properties of the Blue Lagoon.

Northern Lights in Finland

 

During winter, Finland is a snow-covered paradise where trees are transformed into obscure snow sculptures and the promise of the Northern Lights is ever present. Finnish Wilderness Week introduces you to the country’s highlights and you’ll go in search of the Aurora at Riisitunturi National Park. Dog-sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing adventures guide you through the vast Finnish wilderness where you might spot the Northern Lights on your travels.

Snowshoeing is one of the most popular means of getting around the Finnish wilderness in winter. On our Snowshoeing and Northern Lights, you’ll spend five days exploring the breathtaking Oulanka National Park on snowshoes. Your guide will take you through the Finnish Taiga to the Russian border, heading out to prime Northern Lights viewing spots en route. You’ll stay in Finnish log cabins, eat authentic local food and search for local wildlife such as reindeer, woodpeckers and elk.

Northern Lights in Norway

 

Brimming with wildlife and magnificent fjords, the Vesteralen Islands are some of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Norway. The Arctic Lights and Whales trip incorporates all the best bits of the country into an action-packed three days. You’ll have the chance to spot incredible wildlife such as moose, reindeer and, of course, the mighty whales at Andenes. If the weather conditions are on your side during this tour, the magical Northern Lights might perform their dance for you.

If you prefer a more active adventure trip to see the Northern Lights in Norway, Cross-country Skiing in Kvitavatn is a great way to explore the area as well as go on the hunt for the Aurora. Ski through dense forests, across frozen lakes and among hushed wilderness veering off the beaten track to search for the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights in Sweden

 

Blessed with enchanting winter landscapes, Sweden is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. Lapland Wilderness Week lets you delve into the fascinating Sami culture as well as introducing you to dogsledding, forest skiing and snowshoeing. Explore the frozen landscapes, spot local wildlife and follow your expert guide to the best places to see the Northern Lights in Sweden.

As well as being famous for its snowy wilderness and viewings of the Northern Lights, Sweden plays host to the world-famous ICEHOTEL®. Our Arctic Sweden and the Icehotel trip gives you the opportunity to experience all of the country’s highlights. Stay at the ICEHOTEL®, dogsled through the forests, visit a Sami reindeer camp, try your hand at snowshoeing and snowmobiling, and head out in search of the breath-taking Northern Lights. 

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