Northern Lights

Holidays to see The Northern Lights – Astronomy Tours, Glass Igloos, Arctic Adventures

Book now to see The Sky At Night in Winter 2017-2018!  If you are travelling with children, why not combine a Christmas trip to Lapland and combine the excitement?  Ask us for the best options of where to see the Northern Lights. The rise in popularity of Northern Lights and Arctic Adventure holidays in the past few years has been amazing – please book early to get the best choice of dates.

Call us on 01728 748209 or complete the enquiry form or talk to us on Live Chat.

Take a look at our Facebook page for photos taken by Mark Tolcher of the most amazing Northern Lights sightings over Dawson Creek in Yukon! These photos were taken first week of September 2016 and they had amazing displays all three nights from Dawson Creek! 

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Northern Lights by Mark Tolcher

An incredible sight, which astronomers observe on other planets using telescopes and spacecraft, The Northern Lights can be seen on Earth all around the Northern polar region, occuring most frequently in a radius of 2500km from the magnetic north pole.  This ‘auroral zone’ extends over northern Scandinavia, Iceland the southern tip of Greenland and northern Canada, Alaska and the north coast of Siberia. The best of the easiest places to get to is northern Norway in the counties of Troms and Finnmark. Here is an example of a short trip to Tromso to try and see the lights.  If you want to do a cruise to see the Northern Lights, we can book you a Norway voyage from many regional airports ask us for details.

The dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis light up polar skies with the best times to see them October-November and March, though they are visible flickering in the skies right through the Arctic winter, the darkest days of January to March often giving good visibility but can still be seen in April (or as the link above shows in early September!). The auroras occur between 90 – 130 km above sea level but some of the ray like forms extend up to several hundred kilometres.

These lights are actually solar flares, which burst away from the sun, into space and with a billion times the energy of an atomic bomb! As it travels through space it can take with it swathes of the Sun’s atmosphere and become a giant canonball full of magnetic and electrical forces.  Most of these eruptions disappear harmlessly in deep space but a small fraction hit the Earth and spark into the wonderful Aurora which we see in our polar regions.The colours reflect the gases in the earth’s atmosphere the most common yellow-green colour comes from Oxygen.  Red colouring occurs when oxygen mixes with nitrogen and violet on the lower edges of the Aurora is due to nitrogen, as is any blue colouring.

There are actually ‘Southern Lights’ too in the Antarctic regions but the only inhabited parts of the world to see them are Tasmania and southern New Zealand. The Earth has a natural magnetic shield which is only weaker at the poles, allowing these particles from the Sun to strike the atmosphere and turn the sky into a fluorescent light show.

For one of the best Northern Lights experiences, head to Lapland and take a night safari with huskies, or travel with reindeer deep into the lands of the Sami people. On a four night break you can enjoy a snowmobile safari, husky safari, herd reindeer and trek in the forests.  Northern Norway and Sweden have some amazing wilderness adventure opportunities including Spitsbergen and the Lofoten Islands which are superb locations to view the Aurora.

There are a range of unusual places to stay across the Arctic and many wilderness lodges have glass igloos (e.g. above) or aurora cabins where you can view the sky at night from the comfort of a cosy bedroom!  There are also Ice and Snow hotels from where you can take Northern Lights excursions or stay in the truly unique Tree Hotel in Sweden, we have a had clients view the Aurora many times from this location. 

There are some fabulous group adventure holidays which include the chance to see the Northern Lights, whilst including snow shoeing, dog sledding and other activities in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Iceland is another great option for wonderful views of this amazing natural light show and can easily be included in a city break there. There is a specialist week long winter tour to Iceland with specialist astronomers which gives you the maximum chance to see the Northern Lights! Or if you want to combine the best chance of seeing the lights with some snowshoeing and glacier explorations head to Iceland on the Snowshoeing trip.

Ask us also about other holidays to see Northern Lights and experience the ‘Sky at Night’ in unusual locations such as North America, Russia or Greenland.

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Holidays to see The Northern Lights – Astronomy Tours, Glass Igloos, Arctic Adventures

Call us on 01728 748209 or send an enquiry now.

Thank you for booking another amazing holiday for us! Excellent communication about travel details, quick response to any questions and good advice about which trip would suit us best as I was finding it a minefield of possibilities! Highlights were Husky sledding, snowmobiling and the reindeer farm, but really we loved it all. Will be back to book the next holiday!
Molloy Family – Lapland (April 2017)
April 14, 2017

The trip was amazing! Everything went smoothly - pre travel we received great service from Travel With Jules - Timely communication, great information. All worked well. Nellim Wilderness Lodge was amazing. The staff and the Nordic reps (Katie and Chloe) were fabulous with the children. If I had to pick two highlights it would be the Husky sledging and the Northern Lights.
Hogan Family – Lapland (Dec 2016)
December 27, 2016

Thank you again for your help and support with organising the trip. It truly was spectacular and such an amazing place. The aurora display we got on the 3 nights in Dawson was out of this world at times the entire sky was filled above us and no lens would have been wide enough to capture it
Yukon and Alaska – Mark Tolcher (Aug-Sept 2016)
October 5, 2016

Thank you so much for sorting this out - what a superb break. We are totally knackered now but a awesome getaway! Airline was great (Norwegian), overnight excursion with snow mobiles and dog sledding at Camp Tamok (stayed in Aurora cabin) was superb we really enjoyed it.
Rob & Rebecca – Norway (January 2016)
January 20, 2016

The trip was amazing and we got to see the Northern Lights on Saturday and Sunday nights so that’s a bonus right there! Everything went without a hitch and we are all very grateful for your professional organisation.
Alex, Jovi & John – Boys Holiday to Iceland! (January 2016)
January 13, 2016

Thank you for arranging Anita's special birthday treat holiday to Iceland - excellent service from Travel With Jules again - it was all wonderful! The waterfalls were particularly fantastic, the noise of the water, and the sheer beauty were breathtaking.
Jack & Anita Russell – Iceland (December 2015)
January 12, 2016

The meeting with Santa was perfect, they took us out on a snow mobile excursion then as we got to the forest we could see lights flickering in a cabin and went to take a look and found Santa! All the activities plus sledging was right outside the lodge. We loved it so much we might go back again!
Shaylor Family – Lapland (December 2015)
January 8, 2016

Thank you for booking our Hurtigruten Northern Lights Cruise to Norway, we had a really good time! The lights did apparently put in a few appearances, but several times we were asleep – managed to see a few glimpses a few times! The ship was comfortable, though it was quite choppy at times, so a […]
Pam and Malcolm Britton – Hurtigruten Cruise Norway (Feb 2015)
March 5, 2015

We stayed at the Hotel Iso-Syote over New Year for eight nights and had another magical visit to Finland. Our party was two adults and two children and we decided to book a Fjell Top cottage to give us a little independence, but only a very short walk (maybe 100 metres) from the main hotel […]
Hedditch Family – Finland (December 2014)
January 23, 2015

Wow, we had an amazing time in Canada! We mushed huskies and ski-dooed over frozen lakes in stunning blue skies and sunshine and saw the Northern Lights in the Yukon three nights in a row!
Julie & Chris Bartlett – Canada (Feb 2014)
March 18, 2014

I just wanted to say thanks for arranging our holiday to Finland, you came up trumps again! The resort had everything we wanted, as you had told us, so we were able to go skiing as well as all the excursions (dog sledding, snowmobiles) you booked for us. The snow and scenery were fantastic, just like the brochure, which was amazing. And it was VERY cold. Quite an experience. So thanks again for your patience, understanding and organisation. We will be back, so brace yourself!
Holland Family – Finland (Feb 2014)
March 12, 2014

Great short break to Iceland. The hotel in Reykjavik was lovely and the New Years Eve event was really good and the food was fantastic! Loved fireworks and the Blue Lagoon.
Jon Dailey – Iceland New Year’s Eve (Dec 2013)
January 3, 2014

Just wanted to thank you for organising and booking our trip to Lapland. We had an amazing time, it all exceeded our expectations. The NellimWilderness Lodge and it’s staff are just magical!
Pallister Family – Lapland (Dec 13)
January 4, 2014

Our holiday was absolutely brilliant, thank you! I would recommend Nellim to anyone - they look after you brilliantly and we didn't want to leave.We saw the Northern Lights and loved the dog sledding and snow mobiles.
Hedditch Family – Helsinki & Lapland (Dec 2013)
January 4, 2014

We saw the best Northern Lights at Camp Tamok on an excursion from Tromso, we were snug and warm on reindeer skins, the camp was beautiful and they gave us hot drinks and sausages to toast over the fire!
Ana Kerpache – Tromso, Norway (Dec 13)
January 4, 2014

Julie arranged a  holiday for my husband and I to England, Norway and Iceland. A few months before the departure, I broke my ankle. It was uncertain whether I would be able to walk at the time of the holiday. Julie investigated all options, including cancellation and changing the dates. Eventually we decided to go […]
Chantal Stewart – Iceland (Oct 2013)
February 3, 2014

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for organizing at late notice our holiday to Sweden. We had the most amazing time and got to see the Northern Lights on three nights, so we were really lucky. The trips were very well organized, the food was delicious and the people were charming. Camp Ripan was a great place to stay too. Thanks again for making it all happen for us.
Furley-Strandburg Family – Sweden (January 2013)
February 14, 2013

We only had 3 nights in Tromso but managed to fit in 2 Northern Lights tours as well as a couple of other activities, with time remaining to relax and see the city. Jules really did take the hassle out of booking a fabulous tailor-made holiday for us, and we certainly won't hesitate to book our next adventure through Travel With Jules.
Dave & Miranda – Norway (March 2012)
June 18, 2012

Thank you for organising such a great schedule for us on our recent trip to Norway, especially at such short notice and with so much demand this season for Northern Lights. The Igloo Hotel was a sight to behold, the level of detail they go to throughout but particularly for the little chapel was amazing.
Cathy Bauso – Northern Norway (March 2012)
March 27, 2012

We found Julie on line after reading that the Northern Lights were predicted to be exceptional in 2012 but didn't know how to book the best trip. She came up trumps with a snow shoeing holiday in Finland, good fun, active but not too challenging. The lights were spectacular and the eco camp a wonderful experience.
Mo Parker – Finland (March 2012)
April 3, 2012

Julie, many, many thanks for the trip you organised for us to Norway for my wife’s surprise birthday present. Your help, both recommendations and bookings, made organising a holiday a pleasurable experience and having you available by phone and on-line to sort out any possible problems was reassuring.
Peter Robinson – Northern Norway (Feb 2012)
March 27, 2012

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
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