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See the Northern Lights. A better holiday up north, you will not find.

If you want to go and see the Aurora Borealis in person, look no further than one of our Northern Lights holidays. With our expertly-led, and extremely adventurous, trips you’ll discover exactly why they’re the most hyped natural phenomenon on the planet.

Where will our Northern Lights holidays take you?

Unless you’re reading this from the Arctic Circle, chances are that our Northern Lights tours will take you further north than your current location. But OK, let’s be fair. You probably want some specifics and so, with that in mind, how does dog sledding across a Norwegian tundra sound? What about ice-climbing up frozen waterfalls, or snowshoeing across the Pyhä-Luosto National Park in Finnish Lapland? As part of our trips to see the Northern Lights… Sounds alright that, doesn’t it? Chuck in a wildlife-spotting sailing safari, departing from Tromso in Norway, and an Aurora Borealis glamping experience into the mix and, well, you’re looking at one hell of a Northern Lights holidays list.

What are the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are on basically everyone’s bucket list, but what are they exactly? Cutting right to the chase, they’re a natural phenomenon that people can observe when they’re close to the magnetic North Pole. When the time is right, the Northern Lights turn the night sky into a great, big, work of art made up of electric shades of blue, green, red and pink.

The phenomenon is caused by explosions on the sun’s surface which, in turn, fire billions of charged particles towards Earth. When these charged particles reach Earth and interact with its atmosphere, they emit a sea of photons that dance across the night’s sky; resulting in the world’s most spectacular light show (yes, even better than the Blackpool Illuminations).

Down there, below the equator, the southern hemisphere has its own version of the Northern Lights (aka the Aurora Borealis). It’s observable in New Zealand, Tasmania, the southern tip of Argentina, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. It’s called the Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights. Yeah, we know. Original.

When is the best time to take a trip to see the Northern Lights?

The Aurora Borealis occurs all-year round. That being said, there are periods on the calendar when you’re more likely to see them. They are most visible in the long dark nights of the polar north. That means your best bet is to take a Northern Lights tour when the area’s at its coldest, between November and April. The midnight sun of Iceland’s summers, for example, massively reduce your chance of seeing the phenomenon on a Northern Lights holiday. That would be sad.

Contrary to what you might have heard, the Northern Lights are not fading away or “going extinct.” However, the sun does go through solar cycles that occur over a period of 11 years. In layman’s terms, this means the sun is slightly less active, meaning it emits less powerful solar winds, meaning that light becomes localised to specific regions.

Where are the best places to see the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights occur close to the magnetic North Pole. What this means for you my intrepid adventure friend is that the further north you go, the more likely you are to see them. Northern parts of Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Russia, Alaska and, yes, even Scotland all have aurora-spotting potential. Places, in other words, where wearing a jumper, a coat and a nice woolly hat are standard practice.

Because cloud cover and light pollution are the arch enemies of the aurora hunter, it’s best to get far away from cities and out into sparsely populated areas if you want to see the Northern Lights. Remote, wild, and somewhere pretty far north… you’re barking up the right tree. Built-up, urban and somewhere not that far north… you won’t see the Northern Lights up that tree.

We’d also recommend you go with an experienced guide (don’t worry, we know loads) as their expert knowledge of the lights, and best vantage spots in the area can often be the difference between success and failure in your pursuit of nature’s most legendary light show.

So, why do it with us?

So you’ve decided to go and see the Northern Lights on a Northern Lights holiday. Maybe you’ve decided go looking for the Northern Lights in Norway, maybe elsewhere, whatever - we’ve twisted your arm and you’ve finally come to the conclusion that yes, yes, you definitely, definitely, want to see the Aurora Borealis. Good decision.

At Much Better Adventures, we believe that it’s important to enjoy your trip, important to find happiness in adventure. That’s why all our experiences literally come with a happiness guarantee (yes, really). Throw into the mix the fact we back amazing local businesses and a slice of our revenue goes to helping critical conservation projects around the world and it should start to become a bit of a no-brainer (if we do say so ourselves).

Of course, we could also tell you all about how our trips are great whether you’re going solo or part of a group. And we could tell you that our weekend adventures are 100% the best way to maximise your annual leave. And we could tell you all about how we hand-pick awesome local guides and hosts to make sure you’re well looked after. But that, that would be showing off, wouldn’t it? Join us. Join our tribe.