The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) is a spectacular natural phenomena which occurs in the northern hemisphere. Caused as a result of solar particles reacting with the upper atmosphere, they are vivid lights aroung the pole and a must-see for those with a spirit of adventure.
Winter in Scandinavia is ideal for seeing the Northern Lights and although it is always a matter of luck whether they appear or not, there is always crisp, fresh air, pine forests and deep powdery snow to enjoy.
The magical Lofoten islands, an archipelago of beautiful islets stretching out from the Norwegian mainland offer guests the enchanting option of staying in a converted fisherman’s cottage overlooking the water, known as “Rorbu”, from where you will depart to seek the Northern Lights. A cruise from Hurtigruten in Norway, deep within the Arctic Circle is an ideal option for those who want to see more of the country’s coastline – as well as the diverse wildlife, such as sea eagles, pilot whales and orca.
Iceland offers a huge variety of dramatic scenery and is ideal for a short, winter break in pursuit of the Lights. You can also experience the world-famous geysers and spectacular waterfalls on a tour of the so-called “Golden Circle” by a 4×4 “super jeep”, staying at the 4-star Hotel Borg in the capital, Reykjavik. If Jacuzzis are your passion, then do visit Hotel Ranga, which offers guests the chance to view the Lights while immersed in its open-air jacuzzi.
Sweden also offers unique holidays to see the Lights in the heart of Swedish Lapland, staying at the incredible Ice Hotel (with sleeping bags and warm clothing provided). This is where you can also try snowmobiling, dog-sledding or a more relaxed, leisurely reindeer-sled ride, either during the day or night (for a more romantic option).
For further details on the Northern Lights and Scandinavia, please call our expert Susie, on 01428 658777
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