Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, is a phenomenon that can be seen above the skies in the winter in destinations such as Alaska, Iceland and northern Norway. Caused by charged particles entering the atmosphere, a display of green, red, blue, yellow or pink can often be seen on a clear night in these regions.
Consider taking a Hurtigruten cruise in Norway to the Arctic Circle, a self-drive holiday in Iceland, or head to northern Alaska for a more remote experience. The less light pollution and cloud cover there is, the better the chances of a display. We recommend a five-night stay to ensure the best chance of a good display, but do bear in mind that as a natural phenomenon, there are no guarantees!
Hurtigruten offers cruises on small ships that skirt the coastline of Norway, providing vital access for supplies and an important method of transportation for the locals. This is by no means a traditional cruise, but an opportunity to experience authentic Norway at its best. For winter 2014/15, selected cruises to the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights have a ‘Northern Lights Guarantee’ – if you do not see a display, then you would be entitled to a free cruise next winter – this is subject to terms and conditions so please do ask for more details.
In Alaska, consider combining a trip to the Arctic Circle with time spent at hot springs, or perhaps time your trip to coincide with the start of the Iditarod dog sledding race – a fantastic and unique sight to see.
In Iceland, spend time in Reykjavik before driving out into the country, away from the city lights, and staying at a lovely lodge whilst awaiting the best natural light show in the world.
Whichever destination you choose, we can assist with your travel arrangements. For further information, please give us a call on 01323 446550, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk and we can help put together a trip to experience the phenomenon.