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Aurora Borealis Holidays

The Northern Lights are a stunning sight during winter months in the countries above the Arctic Circle and draw countless travellers each year on Aurora Borealis Holidays in search of a sighting.

They take many shapes but the Northern Lights are most often seen as curtains of light draped over the horizon or as rivers in the sky. Starting as a glow in the corner of the eye, the Aurora soon develops into a flickering, undulating glow in the distance. Then a single arc of light can appear, running across the sky and thickening, soon to be joined by another arc. These breathtaking displays are why so many travel to the Arctic on Aurora Borealis Holidays each year, and enjoy an unforgettable experience there!

Northern Lights Myths and Legends

The Northern Lights have been known by many names. The Finnish name revontulet referred to firefoxes in the sky brushing up sparks with their tails. An old Scandinavian name for the Aurora was “herring flash” owing to the belief that the lights were reflections off the scales of large swarms of fish. In Scotland the lights have been known as the “Merry Dancers” after the tale that they are two supernatural warriors battling for the favour of a beautiful woman. Discover the details of the myths and legends surrounding the displays with our range of incredible Aurora Borealis Holidays!

Northern Lights Science and Facts

The Aurora is caused by particles in solar wind hitting the Earth’s outer atmosphere. The reason that the lights can’t be seen closer to the equator is that the Earth’s magnetic field funnels a higher concentration of solar wind towards the poles and because the particles have to hit the atmosphere at just the right angle to make the Northern Lights. This is a highly simplified version of the science behind the aurora. For a more detailed explanation, just take a look at our Northern Lights forecasting page or learn the facts first hand with our Aurora Borealis Holidays.

Tips for Aurora Borealis Holidays

  • The Aurora Borealis are very active from October to March because of the shift in the Earth's magnetic fields around the Equinox's. Between these months as the Arctic Circle entersthe Polar Night, so there is a high chance of a sighting, as the longer nights mean there is less competing light.
  • Light pollution can reduce the colours of the Aurora and so steps should be taken to get out of cities top improve your chances. Having said that a view of the Northern Lights dancing over a cityscape can be breath taking.
  • The longer you stay in the Aurora Zone the better your chances of a sighting are.

One way to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights is to keep moving to try and avoid bad weather. Many of our Aurora Borealis Holidays come with a wide range of activities available for an exciting winter break in the Arctic, check out our full range and prepare to get underway!

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