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Our Northern Lights holidays offer the best opportunities to experience this spectacular and unique phenomenon. From the magical reds and greens of the lights over Norway to the electric blues observed over Iceland all our Northern Lights holidays are provided by operators committed to supporting local people & the environment.

Northern Lights holidays
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Discover this Finnish winter activity wildernerss week, from £1479 - £1769 (8 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
Mountain lodge luxury accommodation and the northern lights, from £1299 (4 days) ex flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system., from £1225 (5 days) inc UK flights
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & aurora spotting in Finnish wilderness, from £1595 (5 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from £845 (4 days) inc UK flights
Iceland short break Northern Lights tour
Glaciers, lava tubes and nature's spectacular light show, from £1399 (5 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Capture Iceland's Glacier, Northern Lights, Ice & Waterfalls, from £1950 (8 days) ex flights
Swedish Lapland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Northern Lights, ancient forests & diverse wildlife, from SKr13975 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
Photographic trip coastal landscapes, ice & northern lights., from £2250 - £2350 (10 days) ex flights
Northern Lights and dog sledding holiday, Norway
Learn to live as a dog musher in the Arctic under the Aurora, from £895 (5 days) ex flights
Northern Lights holiday, Finnish Lapland
A winter experience deep in Finnish Lapland, from £595 - £710 (4 days) ex flights
Magical christmas without Santa in Lapland
Winter 'Santa free' Lapland adventure for families, from £1695 (7 days) inc UK flights
Short break wilderness safari, Finland
Wilderness safari in Lapland, Finland, from £1395 (4 days) inc UK flights
Northern lights family holiday, tailor made
A mix of Lapland family activities and a relaxing Spa hotel, from £1045 - £1195 (4 days) inc UK flights
Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday
A magical dog sledding week in Finland, from £0 (7 days) inc UK flights
Iceland Northern Lights short break
Aurora viewing and adventure tour in Iceland!, from IKr77990 (4 days) ex flights
Finland activity holiday and Northern Lights
Multiadventure holiday in stunning winter landscape, from €1080 (8 days) ex flights
Greenland cruise and northern lights
An incredible voyage to one of the most isolated regions of the world, from £0 (14 days) ex flights
Lapland adventure holiday, Northern Lights & Icehotel
A week of winter activities and arctic fun, from £2499 (7 days) inc UK flights
Alaska Northern Lights holiday
Rugged beauty and brilliant wilderness of Alaska, from £2159 - £2269 (8 days) ex flights
Northern lights winter holiday, Norway
Discover the Sami heritage and Northern Lights in Norway, from £1450 (6 days) ex flights
Northern Lights and whale watching holiday in Norway
Look to the sky for the Lights - to the sea for the whales!, from NKr7800 (5 days) ex flights
Swedish Lapland Northern Lights & activity holiday
Wild silence, untouched snow and magical northern lights, from SKr12500 (4 days) ex flights
Sami people winter holiday in Norway with ice hotel
Northern Lights, Igloo Hotel and dog sledding with the Sami, from £1749 (5 days) ex flights

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Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
I think everyone who went on this trip would return in the future given the chance. I will certainly be back next year. Overall a great holiday and learning experience. (more)Malcolm Park
The holiday exceeded my expectations by a country mile. Martin and Geraldine are two of the loveliest people I have ever met and their knowledge and genuine passion for photography really left an impression. As it was my first photography workshop I was concerned it might not be for me; now my concern is how anyone else will be able to live up to what this operator has to offer, after a truly amazing 10 days. (more)Nicola Heffernan
My first photography holiday so I cannot compare but as a trip it was great with the added benefit of learning so much and seeing so much and enjoying the entire experience. (more)Ardath Wolcott
From £2250 - £2350 including domestic flights only
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Overall the best experience ever and would look at having more winter holidays now than summer :-) (more)Elizabeth Watson
It was a fantastic experience and one of the best holidays we have ever had. We thought it would be a once in a lifetime holiday, but are already talking of going back to do the 2 day husky trail (more)Rowena Schofield
Excellent...Despite the challenging environment (minus 26 degrees C at one point!) we felt safe and well looked after at all times. The sleigh ride with the huskies was the favourite for both my wife and me (more)Tony van de Bovenkamp
From £845 including UK flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
The most memorable part of the holiday was husky sledging...Daughter said, "best holiday ever". (more)Alison Ferguson
When the skies opened up on our final night, it was like a big bow on top of a really special present. Amazing!...This was an amazing adventure. I would really recommend participating in all the activities as they provided me with an enthusiastic adventure each and every day. (more)Rene Ostapuk
I didn't see the Northern Lights, like for most people was my dream BUT I did have a fab time and will always remember the wonderful views/experiences. Don't expect to see them just think that you will still have that experience to look forward to. (more)Tricia Callaghan
From £1225 including UK flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
There were many good moments. The highlight was the night we managed to see and photograph the northern lights. (more)Isabel Lledo
Seeing the Aurora was obviously a high point but the Ice was wonderful, the landscape ever-changing, it made an excellent subject for photography. The landscape is incredible, from ice lagoons & black beaches to glaciers and lava fields. A gift for photographers and artists. (more)Kym Barlow
Very well organized the leaders worked very hard to ensure we all had a good time. The beach and glacier with the huge ice cubes were the most memorable parts of the trip. (more)sandra thomas
From £1950 excluding flights
Swedish Lapland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
I rate this trip extremely highly. Accommodation was great, food was excellent, weather was great, skiing and staying out in the wilderness was fantastic, northern lights spectacular, snow rolling sauna a whole lot of fun. (more)Anwen Victory
The most memorable part was living in the wilderness with no running water or electricity and in the company of a lovely first class guide. (more)Jan McGourty
More than 10 out of 10, amazing, fabulous and i really didn’t want to leave at all...Standing near our cabin in the wilderness in silence so absolute, you could hear a plane so far away you could barely see it and hear the water in the river over 5km away was the mostmemorable part. (more)kathy agashi
From SKr13975 excluding flights
Iceland Northern Lights short break
Memorable parts? The amazing day trips which we booked through the company for a great price and included breakfasts made the day easy Tips? Book as much as you can!!!! This is a fantastic company with excellent service and great advice Local benefits? Absolutely Overall rating? 9/10 (more)Elizabeth King
From IKr77990 excluding flights
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
Memorable parts? The most memorable thing of the holiday was the location. The lodge was a perfect place to stay indoors, and also the perfect place to enjoy the nature. Tips? Choose your flight remembering that it takes 3 hours from Troms to the lodge. Local benefits? Yes, I felt that the holiday benefited to the local people. Overall rating? My holiday was perfect, I really enjoyed it. (more)Marta Bindi
From £1299 excluding flights
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Memorable parts? The scenery was just fantastic, and I really enjoyed being with the huskies. The whole experience was like nothing I've ever done before. Tips? Be reasonably fit and you will enjoy the trip more, and don't go directly from a warm climate without acclimatising somewhere for the cold beforehand. Local benefits? The holiday provided jobs for the locals, and the opportunity for other foreign staff to work in and experience/understand the Arctic region. Overall... (more)Jonathan Gilbert
From £1479 - £1769 including UK flights
Northern Lights holiday, Finnish Lapland
Really fantastic. Extremely memorable and has really whetted my appetite to explore more of this fascinating region - both at this time of year, and in summertime too. (more)Hannah Smith
In one word: FANTASTIC. We were able to engage in such delightful winter activities which we had never done before. Weather was perfect, everyone at the hotel just as pleasant and accommodating as could be, food VERY good and special meals were prepared for me as I am a vegetarian. I would like nothing better than to go back for another visit. (more)Inge David
The most exciting part was being propulsed to a different world for the space of 3 days!...A great great experience. (more)Daniele Bourdais
From £595 - £710 excluding flights
Autumn Northern Lights holiday in Finland
It was fantastic, a trip of a life time...being able to watch the Northern Lights and the views across the fjord from our fisherman's hut were the most memorable parts. (more)Josephine Boorman
A brilliant family holiday for us, lots of interesting and exciting things to do and see. (more)Russell Needham
From £715 excluding flights
Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday
Memorable parts? The most memorable part of the holiday was how beautiful and peaceful Finland was where we were staying and how peaceful and quiet the sled dogs were once they were working. Tips? Tips for other travellers going on this holiday is to make sure you are reasonably fit before going, and you must be a dog lover. Local benefits? We were very back to nature and conserved energy within the cabins we stayed in. We used open fires to cook when we were out treking. Tips? The... (more)Tina Donovan
From £0 including UK flights
Lapland adventure holiday, Northern Lights & Icehotel
Every day brought a new and exciting experience but top of the list was the husky safari. It was exhilarating. The dogs are so powerful and go so fast. Driving the sled was just such an amazing experience. (more)Mary Andronowski
The whole trip was a combination of uplifting, exciting, experiences which left us feeling invigorated even after our return home. I particularly enjoyed the dog sledding. (more)Carolyn Dann
The whole trip was memorable. Being out in the wilderness, away from cities in a small town. Nothing about the trip was commercialised and it was a refreshing change from other destinations/trips. (more)Michelle Wynd
From £2499 including UK flights
Lapland Northern Lights holiday
Memorable parts? I went on this trip hoping to see the Northern Lights. We did not see them on this trip, but I enjoyed the trip so much, I would happily return, lights or no lights. Some memories: watching the beauty of a light snow falling on pine trees from the dining room while enjoying a lunch of homemade soup and bread (I don't see much snow where I live), traveling through the woods on a sledge pulled by snowmobiles while covered with blankets , a very good talk about the Northern... (more)Sally Means
From £1345 including UK flights
Northern Lights holiday in Iceland
This was a truly amazing holiday and one I will not forget! I had a brilliant time! Great hospitality and a very knowledgeable tour guide. (more)Si-Ling Pang
Excellent winter holiday in a fascinating country. Seeing the northern lights was the highlight. (more)lindsay herrington
I enjoyed every minute the best parts were seeing the Northern Lights on 3 out of 4 nights at Myvatn, the overall scenery of Iceland and the friendly group of like minded people. (more)Valerie Oakley
From £1529 including UK flights
Iceland short break Northern Lights tour
The most memorable part was walking on the glacier then watching the parts of the glacier which had broken off float into the sea past the mesmerising lagoon; Gullfoss - completely spectacular waterfall...An absolutely wonderful holiday. (more)Amanda Porter
Spectacular..The best parts were the Glacier walking in the beautiful sunshine; the amazing glacial lagoon and ice bergs on the beach; the waterfalls, the walks.... (more)Gillian Girling
From £1399 including UK flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Northern Lights holidays travel guide


2 minute summary - the northern lights in a nutshell

The Fire Fox. The Temperamental Lady.
The Aurora Borealis. The Dawn Goddess...
No matter how they are known around the world, these illustrious illuminations have fascinated, inspired and terrified since the beginning of time.
Even though we now know what causes them, the lights still retain certain mysteries – such as why they are more active around the equinoxes, and exactly when a display will take place. However, we reckon that this unpredictability makes seeing them on a Northern Lights holiday all the more wonderful, and even those privileged enough to have seen them dozens of times never fail to be awe-struck by this unique light show, shifting in form and colour each night they appear.
Regardless of how well documented and studied the lights are, there are few experiences on the planet which are more moving and humbling than watching these dazzling colours dart across the sky, reflected across the snow and ice on an endless Arctic night.

A brief history of the Northern Lights


Rather wonderfully, the varied aurora folklore gives us as much of an insight into Arctic cultures as it does into the lights themselves.
In Finland, the lights are called revontulet – which translates as “Fox Fire.” The story is that the tail of a running Arctic fox brushed against the powdery snow, creating sparks in the sky. Coastal dwellers, however, traced the lights back to the sea, blaming lights shining off the scales of the abundant fish for the auroral displays. Viking legends describe dancing maidens, while North American tribes associate them with the spirit world – including torches lit by the dead. Alaskan Inuit also think they represent the Afterlife – as the ghosts of hunted animals.
The lights are often viewed as a bad omen in regions where they rarely show; this reputation has only been enhanced by their appearance over the skies of London during the Blitz in 1939, and in the USA in 1941 – on the night that Pearl Harbour was attacked.
Astronomers have long since understood the aurora, now known to be caused by electrically charged particles travelling 93 million miles from the sun. When the particles collide with different gases in the earth’s atmosphere, the lights are created. The type of gas and the altitude determine the colour, while magnetic fields affect the form and movement. Greens and yellows are the most common, while rare reds and blues are highly sought after.
However, decoding the Northern Lights hasn’t made them any less hypnotic, and any visitor who witnesses them billowing overhead is sure to come back from their Northern Lights holiday with their own tales of magic and wonder.

Is a Northern Lights holiday for you?


responsibletravel.com recommends

Go on a Northern Lights holiday if...


  • ...You love active, outdoor activities and aren’t afraid of spending a little time without your creature comforts.
  • ...You enjoy a photography challenge.
  • ...You're interested in new cultures, foods and ways of life.
  • ...You enjoy being around animals – huskies and reindeer are a part of daily life in many Arctic regions.

Don't go on a Northern Lights holiday if...


  • ...For you, holiday = sunshine.
  • ...You are impatient, and hate waiting for things to happen.
  • ...You enjoy predictability, and being able to accurately plan every part of your holiday.
  • ...You’d rather stay in a bustling, brightly lit city than head out into the wilderness.

Seeing the Northern Lights


what does a Northern Lights holiday entail?

Quite literally – getting away from it all. The darker the sky, the more vivid the lights appear, so if you are
staying in a town, you will be whisked out – by vehicle, reindeer or snowmobile – to a quiet rural spot. If you
are already in a remote lodge, you can go deeper still - often to the banks of a frozen lake, where there is no
light and the aurora can reflect off the mirror-like ice.
You may be sheltering in a simple hut, or huddled round
a fire toasting marshmallows and sipping hot drinks
.
You’ll hear stories about the science and the mythology,
local culture and the constellations. If you stay in your hotel,
there may be an ‘aurora alarm’ to warn you when the
lights appear.
The lights only appear at night, of course, so you can choose
from a great variety of daytime activities to keep you busy
– and warm – during your Northern Lights holiday until
the Arctic sun dips below the horizon and the nighttime
show begins.
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & aurora spotting in Finnish wilderness, from £1595 (5 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from £845 (4 days) inc UK flights
Swedish Lapland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Northern Lights, ancient forests & diverse wildlife, from SKr13975 (8 days) ex flights
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Discover this Finnish winter activity wildernerss week, from £1479 - £1769 (8 days) inc UK flights
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
Mountain lodge luxury accommodation and the northern lights, from £1299 (4 days) ex flights
Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice
Photographic trip coastal landscapes, ice & northern lights., from £2250 - £2350 (10 days) ex flights
Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland
Capture Iceland's Glacier, Northern Lights, Ice & Waterfalls, from £1950 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights and dog sledding holiday, Norway
Learn to live as a dog musher in the Arctic under the Aurora, from £895 (5 days) ex flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system., from £1225 (5 days) inc UK flights
Iceland short break Northern Lights tour
Glaciers, lava tubes and nature's spectacular light show, from £1399 (5 days) inc UK flights
Iceland Northern Lights short break
Aurora viewing and adventure tour in Iceland!, from IKr77990 (4 days) ex flights
Magical christmas without Santa in Lapland
Winter 'Santa free' Lapland adventure for families, from £1695 (7 days) inc UK flights
Short break wilderness safari, Finland
Wilderness safari in Lapland, Finland, from £1395 (4 days) inc UK flights
Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday
A magical dog sledding week in Finland, from £0 (7 days) inc UK flights
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