Find out if we’ve got your favourite pastime covered in our dedicated special interest holidays travel guide or just search for a few more ideas to help you have a really worthwhile week away rather than just a boring break at the beach. This page is all about what special interest holidays entail and how you can choose between small group and tailor made options to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.
Seeing the Northern Lights with kids
The key to seeing the Northern Lights with kids is to keep them busy.
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.
Our Northern Lights family Holidays
Activities for families
Reindeer sledding is as delightful for adults as it is for children. Lapland has some wonderful winter landscapes – from frozen fjords to snow-capped mountains, pine forests and deep river valleys – so you can make the most of it during daylight hours as well as learning about traditional Sami culture along the way.
Meet SantaSay "winter holiday" to a child – and they will think "Santa Claus". Fortunately for kids – and their parents – it’s Christmas year-round in parts of Lapland, particularly in the Finnish town of Rovaniemi, where letters addressed to Santa tend to end up. If you're seeing the Northern Lights with kids in Alaska, Fairbanks also has Santa experiences.
If you'd like to chat about Northern Lights or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
Digging snow caves
Thick, powdery snow is a rare occurrence outside of the Arctic – and kids go crazy for it. So instead of planning endless guided tours and activities, be sure to leave some space in between for little ones to get creative with the snow. Local guides can offer great inspiration – and they can even dig their own snow cave.
Fun for all the familyAli McLean from our supplier Activities Abroad says:
“For families, a Northern Lights break has a universal appeal. Adults can gaze up at the swirling lights, knowing that they are experiencing a special moment with their children that they will remember forever. For children, the Aurora take on a more magical slant, with local guides sparking their imaginations with legends such as the Firefox, whose sweeping tail creates the lights by sparking against the sky. Of course, Aurora breaks also bring opportunities for other enchanting moments too! From private meetings with Father Christmas to reindeer sleigh rides and sledging to simply enjoying the magic of Lapland in the snow!”
More about Northern Lights
Ever wondered when was the best time to see the Northern Lights? Whether you're heading to North America, Iceland or Scandinavia, we've checked out the best time for viewing the aurora borealis.
Mythical as they are magical, as elusive as they are ethereal, the Northern Lights - also known as the Aurora Borealis - are one of nature's most stunning spectacles.
Our guide to where to see the Northern Lights travels around the Arctic Circle - from Finland to Fairbanks, Lapland to Iceland.
The Northern Lights in Finland are as legendary as sleigh rides and Santa.
For winter visitors, Norway’s night sky can make for its most mesmerising moments.
Iceland has been shaped by nature's powerful forces and the Northern Lights add their dramatic paintbrush to its already colossal canvas...
You can only admire the aurora at night, of course - so here are our suggestions for things to do in the Arctic winter when not gazing skyward.
The holiday companies we work with have been travelling up to see the Northern Lights for many winters, and have discovered the top spots to see them and the best times of night for aurora shows.
Travelling responsibly may not spring to mind when planning a Northern Lights watching holiday, but there are plenty of things you can do to make it memorable for all the right reasons.