The younger the child, the less fascinated they will be with the lights – and even less so by the hours of waiting in the chilly, Arctic darkness. When seeing the Northern Lights with kids, families should travel as much for the destination as for the lights themselves,
and basing the trip out of a town can provide more entertainment options. Well-planned daytime activities – including snowman-building and Santa for littluns, and cross-country skiing for teenagers – ensure they enjoy the trip as much as their parents, and are active enough to keep warm.
Reindeer sledding, tobogganing and igloo building will keep all ages entertained for hours. In general, Arctic destinations are safe, with low crime rates and good health facilities. The cold is the number one problem – be careful on icy roads, and ensure kids are well fed and properly dressed.