Amazing Aurora Holidays!
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is a naturally occurring phenomenon where dancing lights fill the night skies with bold splashes of green, blue, purple, and pink. The enchanting streaks of light in the sky occur when the sun’s electrically charged particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere and create a sight to behold and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Whilst there is no guarantee you will see the awe-inspiring spectacle, we can ensure you will have a fantastic holiday! We can arrange wonderful short breaks to see the Northern Lights paired with exciting activities.
We recommend booking a free and no-obligation holiday consultation with our Northern Lights Specialists, who will spend time getting to know you and understanding your ideal holiday. We will then work out the best package for you.
The best places in the world to view the Northern Lights are usually closer to the Arctic Circle, and as the name suggests, the farther north, the better, away from artificial light and under clear, cloudless skies.
Sep – Mar is the prime time for viewing, although a sighting cannot be guaranteed.
To ensure you have the best chance of spotting this incredible phenomenon, we’ve put together a list of our Top 6 Destinations based on regularity, quality, and accessibility.
1. NORWAY: A more comfortable place to chase the Northern Lights with its vibrantly coloured fishing villages, magnificent fjords and easily accessed from the UK, Norway is more than just an aurora hotspot.
There are plenty of other activities to enjoy here too; from exploring the Norwegian fjords and its waterfalls, hiking to iconic natural wonders such as Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen, riding the Leon Skylift, a cable car to the top of Mount Hoven, above the Nordfjord for breath-taking views, to skiing Olympic downhill ski slopes at Lillehammer.
The bustling city of Tromso is based in the heart of the aurora zone in the Norwegian Arctic and is a popular winter break destination.
2. SWEDEN: Swedish Lapland is more accessible than ever before, with the new direct flight from the UK to Lulea (from Dec 2020). The Northern Lights begin to appear at the beginning of September through to March. Outdoor camping, husky dog sledding and ice fishing are just a few of the winter activities on offer.
The pristine Abisko National Park, due to its unique geographic location, is regarded as one of the best places in the world to see the aurora.
For an unforgettable experience, stay at the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, 200km above the Arctic Circle. The ice from the Torne River is transformed into a new design each year, creating a hotel and art exhibition built of ice and snow.
3. NORTHERN FINLAND: The lights shine nearly every other night from Sep - Mar, making this a fantastic aurora choice and the breath-taking white landscape and authentic cabins of Finnish Lapland provide a beautiful backdrop.
Why not stay in a purpose-built glass igloo to view the aurora right from the comfort of your warm bed?
Traditional ways to see the lights in Lapland are snowshoeing (hiking in snowshoes), cross-country skiing, a dog sledding tour or by snowmobile.
4. ICELAND: This otherworldly island with its glaciers, geysers, majestic waterfalls, hot springs and volcanoes, captivates visitors all year round.
Its northerly location and vast wilderness make Iceland too, a prime spotting ground to observe the Northern Lights. The best time to visit is between Sep and Mar. Jokulsarlon is a picture-perfect setting to watch the aurora as the reflecting sky off the lake, creates an unforgettable spectacle.
Visit the spectacular Skogafoss Waterfall south of Iceland or take a dip in the famous geothermal Blue Lagoon.
Iceland is affordable and accessible, we can do a city break from many airports in the UK and include a Northern Lights excursion making it the ideal destination to see the Northern Lights.
5. NORTHERN CANADA: An aurora viewing paradise, thanks to its northern latitude, low light pollution and pristine wilderness.
The Yukon province is remote, wild, and beautiful, located in northwest Canada, next door to Alaska. The Northern Lights can be viewed as early as late August through to mid-April.
Churchill, in Manitoba, is best known for being home to the polar bear capital of the world, offering adventure, culture, and great restaurants, as well as being one of the best places to view the aurora.
Wood Buffalo National Park and Jasper National Park are located in Alberta and are also popular viewing spots. They are home to some of the world’s largest Dark-Sky Preserves, far away from cities and artificial light pollution, providing excellent stargazing conditions.
6. ALASKA: A U.S state, right next to Yukon. With an abundance of wildlife such as grizzly bears, moose, eagles, and infinite mountains, Alaska has plenty to offer beyond the aurora.
Fairbanks is renowned for the Northern Lights, geographically located underneath the ‘aurora oval’. Visit the Fairbanks Ice Museum, or Fountainhead Auto Museum with over 85 antique cars on display or relax at Chena Hot Springs famous for curing aches and pains.