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Northern Lights Holiday Ideas

OK, so you want to see the Northern Lights – and who can blame you? This mesmerising natural display is guaranteed to take your breath away and, each year, people travel from all over the world to witness this amazing phenomenon for themselves. As experts in Northern Lights holidays, we pride ourselves on offering the best possible range of breaks to see the Aurora. We have long breaks and short breaks, winter breaks and autumn breaks, cruises and land-based breaks. You can see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your ship’s panorama lounge, from your hotel hot tub, on an Aurora husky sledding adventure or a night time snowmobile excursion.

With so many different combinations to choose from, it’s no wonder our customers often need a little guidance on choosing their perfect Aurora getaway and that’s why we’ve created this simple-to-use Northern Lights Holiday Ideas page. We’ll walk you through your options, tell you the main advantages of each and every getaway and help you to find your perfect holiday. What more could you ask for?

When to Travel

An Aurora display over the snow, a top experience from our Northern Lights Holiday Ideas

The first thing we need to tackle with our Northern Lights Holiday Ideas is the question of when to travel. Aurora hunting is all about the night time and, of course, the unpredictable nature of the lights themselves. In essence, you need to be prepared to stay out late on these holidays, realising that you may not see the Aurora every time you search for them. Once you do encounter the lights, however, you’ll be simply overwhelmed by their beauty and astounded at nature’s own handiwork.

Autumn
Travel in Autumn to see the season premiere of the Aurora and enjoy kinder temperatures and the chance to encounter some of the local wildlife. You’ll also be able to enjoy the tranquillity of your location more as fewer tourists visit the far north at this time.

Norway: Autumn Northern Lights

Discover the Northern Lights in Autumn and savour an abundance of natural beauty

Early season, culture, wildlife and photography short break with great Northern Lights spotting opportunities. North of the Lofoten Islands and featuring a varied landscape of rugged, wild terrain and cultivated, populated areas, Vesteralen is a...

Finland: Autumn Aurora Break at Lapland Igloo Village

The perfect season for the Northern Lights, Autumn offers exceptional Aurora sightings and unforgettable exploration

Early Northern Lights, fly drive, short break at the Lapland Igloo Village suitable for those looking to travel at half term. Set in the stunning Saariselkä fell area, close to the Urho Kekkonen National Park, the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village is an...

Winter
The combination of shorter daylight hours and the opportunity to try lots of different snowy activities, means that winter is an extremely popular time to travel in search of the Aurora. As you will see from the following selection, we’ve got an amazing variety of itineraries to choose from so sit back, relax and peruse our fabulous offering.

Northern Lights by Sea

A stunning display over the ship's bridge, a favourite amongst our Northern Lights Holiday Ideas

Many of our customers choose to see the Northern Lights on a specialist cruise holiday. The main advantage of hunting the Aurora as you sail is that you are situated well away from the light pollution of the coast and thus the skies are suitably dark to provide the best possible canvas for the Aurora. Add to this the benefit of sailing to the far north of Norway, across the Arctic Circle, and into remote, wilderness locations, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for great Aurora sightings.

Norway: Northern Lights Voyage – Astronomy Cruise

Set sail on our Astronomy Cruise and search the skies for the incredible Northern Lights

Specialist, 12 day, Northern Lights voyage to the Arctic Circle, accompanied by a leading British astronomer who will explore the science behind the Northern Lights with you. Our amazing 12 day Astronomy Cruise invites you to discover the night...

12 Days From £1422

Norway: Northern Lights Holidays - Full Round Voyage

Opt for our Northern Lights Cruises in Norway and set sail on the Full Round Voyage

Amazing, 12 day, full round, Northern Lights voyage from Bergen, sailing all the way up to Kirkenes. Our Northern Lights Cruise in Norway offers travellers majestic landscapes, unforgettable experiences and the opportunity to see the Aurora...

12 Days From £968

Norway: Nordlys Northern Lights Cruise - Tromsø-Kirkenes-Tromsø

Our round trip Tromso Kirkenes Cruise offers ample time to see the Northern Lights

Great value, five day, circular, Northern Lights cruise departing Tromso and travelling up the coast to Kirkenes. Our Tromso to Kirkenes Cruise begins as you join your ship in Norway’s Arctic capital and begin your leisurely voyage north. Together...

5 Days From £849

Northern Lights on Land

A breathtaking Northern Lights display over snow-laden trees

If you are looking to see the Aurora on a land-based getaway, we’ve got some amazing Northern Lights Holiday Ideas for you to explore. During a break at the amazing Icehotel, we can take you to the famous Abisko Aurora Sky station – one of the world’s prime Northern Lights locations where you’ll learn all about the Aurora as well as enjoying great opportunities to see them for yourself. If you’re fascinated by the science behind the lights, our Iceland Exploration tour comes complete with nightly lectures and presentations. And if you want to see the lights but don’t have much spare time, a short break in Menesjarvi could be the perfect option – and, what’s more, it’s available during half term too!

Sweden: Icehotel and Abisko Short Break

With this Icehotel and Abisko break you can experience Sweden like never before

An action-packed short break, combining a night at the Icehotel and two nights of Northern Lights hunts, including an evening visit to the Abisko Aurora Sky Station, one of the world’s best Northern Lights locations. Each winter, the wonderful...

4 Days From £1256

Iceland: Iceland Northern Lights Exploration

Join our Iceland Northern Lights Tour and scour the country in search of the Aurora

Great value, seven night escorted tour visiting the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon, enjoying nightly Aurora lectures, presentations and guided searches with expert tips on photographing the Northern Lights. With its northerly location surrounded by...

8 Days From £1996

Finland: Northern Lights Break at Menesjarvi

Choose a Northern Lights Break and enjoy ample opportunity for an Arctic Aurora sighting

Fabulously compact Northern Lights mini break – ideal for a half term getaway. If you are looking for a short getaway featuring the chance of a lifetime to see the incredible Aurora Borealis, this Northern Lights Break in Finnish Lapland is ideal....

4 Days From £1268

See our full range of Northern Lights breaks to find your perfect fit.

Photographing the Northern Lights

A group setting up a camera tripod to photograph an Aurora display

If you’re a keen amateur photographer, these photography Northern Lights Holiday Ideas are an absolute must! On seeing the Aurora in the flesh you’ll soon realise how much you want to capture its mesmerising hues on camera, enabling you to look back on the experience in years to come and, of course, share it with family and friends back home. We’ve got a choice of great holidays to choose from, each offering an expert insight into the art of capturing the Aurora. You’ll be taken to the best possible sighting locations, offered handy hints and tips and, of course, an expert insight into location conditions. Indeed, if you want to capture the magic, look no further!

Canada: Northern Lights in Canada

Witness the mesmerising Northern Lights in Canada from the Tundra on an unforgettable adventure

A week-long, small group, Northern Lights adventure featuring four Tundra Buggy expeditions. Do you long to see the phenomenal Aurora Borealis? Do you dream of watching the magical streaks of green, red and violet dance above your head? Well, why...

9 Days From £4281

Iceland: Winter Small Group, Expert-Led Photography Tour

Iceland photography tour exploring the south coast in a group of no more than 10

An exciting, seven day, small group, photography tour around Iceland’s south coast, guided by expert photographer, Sigurður Stefnisson, visiting the Golden Circle and Glacier Lagoon. Are you keen to put your photography skills to the test? Then...

Activity Breaks with Aurora Spotting Opportunities

Amazing Northern Lights curtain display

With the Aurora consuming each and every moment of your nights, many winter travellers like to keep equally busy during the daytime and that’s where our thrilling activity breaks come in. Offering the chance to try the likes of snowmobiling, dog sledding, off-roading, snorkelling and glacier hiking, these amazing getaways offer the ultimate outdoors experience. If you’re looking for all-action Northern Lights Holiday Ideas, these are the breaks for you!

Iceland: Icelandic Winter Adventure Week

Offering a range of Winter Activities in Iceland, this adventure makes the most of Iceland's iconic terrain

Action-packed, eight day, adventure break visiting the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon and enjoying thrilling activities ranging from snorkeling to glacier hiking. For the duration of your Icelandic Adventure Week, you will be based in a carefully...

Finland: Winter Adventure Week with Dogs, Reindeer and Snowmobiles

Make the most of a Finland Winter Holiday with dog sledding, reindeer sleighs and snowmobile excursions

Week long, multi-activity break with the added thrill of an overnight husky safari and a night in a wilderness hut. Deep in the heart of Finnish Lapland, close to the Pallas-Ylläs National Park, the Harriniva Holiday Centre invites you to explore...

8 Days From £2114

See even more of our Northern Lights activity breaks and start planning your dream holiday.

Great Locations for the Perfect Aurora View

Beatiful Aurora over land, seen from the water

Our Northern Lights Holiday Ideas always feature that extra special something to enhance your break. If you fancy a little cosmopolitan city chic alongside your Northern Lights spotting, our Northern Lights Tromso City Break is ideal. This great value, short break features a thrilling, six hour, Northern Lights chase with hints and tips on photographing the Aurora. And when you’re not searching for the lights, you can be enjoying the bustling centre of this fabulous Arctic capital. Another popular short break is our Hotel Ranga and Northern Lights Adventure. This five day, self drive takes you to a hotel famed the world over for its great Aurora spotting and what’s more, as the first hotel in Iceland to be recognised as one of the ‘Great Hotels of the World’, you know you’ll be well and truly looked after during your time at the Ranga. If you’re the kind of traveller who likes the idea of the lights but not the hours spent facing the elements as you search for them, look no further than our Lapland Igloo Village and Northern Lights Holiday. This short activity break features a night in a heated glass igloo so you can rest up in your bed and watch the magic happen above your head. Perfect!

And There’s More!

Northern Lights over a city skyline

If you’ve still not found exactly what you are looking for, simply give us a call. As tailor-made holiday specialists we can put together your dream Aurora getaway even if it isn’t featured in our Northern Lights Holiday Ideas. Simply tell us what you want, where you want to go and how you want to spend your time – and if you’re not exactly clear on what it is you are looking for, we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the options. Speak to our friendly travel advisers on 0333 800 2033 or contact us via our office hours online chat system. We look forward to taking your call!

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