A light phenomenon caused by charged solar particles entering the Earths atmosphere, The Northern Lights turn the sky into the most spectacular light display youve ever seen. On a dark, cloudless night at the far tip of the Northern hemisphere, you might be lucky enough to witness ribbons of dancing pinks, shooting rays of green and rippling curtains of colours in the sky above you.
Also know as the Aurora Borealis, this incredible show is most commonly seen from the countries that border the Arctic Circle, such as Norway, Greenland, Iceland and the state of Alaska in the USA. The best time of year to see them is between April and August, from 5 oclock in the evening until 2 oclock in the morning.
Your Northern Lights holiday
The range of travel opportunities available to take you to see the Northern Lights is wide and exciting. One of the most popular routes is circumnavigating theNorwegian coastlinein a luxury cruise boat, on your way to the North. Not only will you be able to spot whales and other sea life over the side of the deck, but youll also get an extraordinary view of something that should be on everyones bucket list; the Norwegian fjords. These watery inlets are characterised by their steep walls, remote pastoral landscapes and air of serene tranquillity.
Along the way, youll no doubt visit the art nouveau architecture of Alesund, the picturesque harbour at Bergen and the gothic cathedral of Trondheim; a city heavily influenced by its Viking heritage. Once you reach Trmso, commonly referred to as the Gateway to the Arctic, look up! You could be in for some dazzlingly lit skies.
Other tours to The Northern Lights include a stay in a heated cabin in Canada, an overnight in an igloo amidst the pine forests ofFinnish Laplandand a swim in the seemingly bottomless, naturally heated Blue Lagoon inReykjavik, Iceland.
Northern Lights tour operators
Here at Aspen Travel, we partner with well-respected tour operators to bring you the very best all-inclusive holidays, by the people who are experts in their particular locations. When you ring us to chat about your destination preferences and budget, well be able to match you to the holidays that might suit you best. For instance, if you want to cruise around the fjords as well as see the lights, we can heartily recommend Hurtigruten, Viking Cruises,Riviera Traveland Scenic.
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