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10 Things to Take on Holidays to See the Northern Lights

If you travel to the northern latitudes during winter, you may be lucky enough to witness the mesmerising Aurora Borealis. To ensure that you get the most out of the experience, here are our top 10 Things to Take on Holidays to see the Northern Lights.

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A Camera

And not just any camera, in order to achieve the best results you will need to invest in a high-spec digital SLR camera. A ‘point and shoot’ camera just won’t do it justice.


Like fireworks, photographing lights against a dark sky is tricky and the camera must be kept absolutely still. A tripod is the best way to achieve this.

Spare Batteries

You don’t want to get to the point when the Northern Lights finally appear, only to find that you have no battery power left in your camera. Make sure you always have some spares as the cold weather can drain them quickly.

Good Book

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and it is impossible to predict when they might appear. Pass the time by reading in the evenings.

A Torch

A torch is one of the handy things to take on holidays to see the Aurora, it allows you to see what you are doing in the dark, especially when setting up your camera equipment.

Hat and Gloves

It is your extremities that are most susceptible to the cold and in the northerly latitudes during the winter, the temperatures rarely reach above zero degrees centigrade. Keep your head and hands warm with thick woolly hats and gloves as you wait for the Northern Lights to appear.

Hand Warmers

Hand warmers are one of our favourite Things to Take on Holidays to cold climates. If you suffer particularly from cold hands, invest in some hand warmers. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase from good outdoor shops and you can reuse them over and over again. When your hands begin to feel the cold, simply snap the hand warmers to induce the chemical reaction, which emits heat for up to thirty minutes.


It is true that the more layers you wear, the warmer you feel. If you are standing in the cold for substantial periods of time waiting for the Aurora to appear, you will appreciate thermals being one of our top things to take on holidays to the North.

Snow Boots

In winter, almost everywhere in northern Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland will have thick snow blanketing the ground, so make sure you take some decent snow boots with you. A pair with good grip on the sole and topped with fur should ensure that your feet stay warm and dry.

Bathing Suit

It may seem an odd suggestion on our top 10 Things to Take on Holidays to see the Northern Lights, but it is tradition that people in northerly countries enjoy a soothing sauna whenever they come in from the cold. Pack your bathing suit to join in with the customary saunas during your holiday.

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