Although there have been instances of the Northern Lights appearing as far south as the Mediterranean, for the best chance of seeing this remarkable spectacle that’s equally well known by its Latin name – the Aurora Borealis – you need to travel towards the Arctic. In Europe, the Lights are most commonly spotted in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, and occasionally appear in northern Scotland, while in North America you might witness Aurora activity in northern Canada and Alaska.
Aurora activity is unpredictable, and very dependent on weather conditions, so make sure you plan some other activities to keep you occupied during the hours of hopeful waiting. Take a thrilling husky or snowmobile ride through snow-dusted landscapes, go on a whale-watching cruise or gaze in awe at some of the world’s tallest waterfalls. You could opt to base your holiday in cities such as Reykjavik, where you can set off on a Northern Lights tour one evening and spend your remaining time discovering some of Iceland’s other natural wonders, such as the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
In fact, the and of fire and ice – Iceland – is one of the very best paces to go search of the mysterious spectacle of the Aurora Borealis. Spend your days discovering its unforgettable landscape of smoldering volcanoes, waterfalls, bubbling thermal pools, geysers and glaciers, and your nights watching the sky. Alternatively, cruise through the dramatic landscapes of the Fjords in Norway, stepping ashore to explore remote towns and then returning to the ship to gaze upwards in search of the magical illuminations by night.
Book your Northern lights holiday with the Travel Broker and make the most of your chances to see this stunning phenomenon and enjoy a plethora of wonderful winter activities.