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By a sudden glory kissed...

The northern cheek of the heavens,
By a sudden glory kissed,
Blushed to the tint of roses,
And hid in an amber mist,
And through the northern pathway,
Trailing her robe of flame,
The queenly Borealis
In her dazzling beauty came!"

May Riley Smith (1842-1927)

This coming winter, NASA is predicting some of the best displays of the Northern Lights for many years. This remarkable phenomenon is cyclical and sun activity is now heading up towards a 'Solar Max' after several in a trough. Although completely unpredictable as to where and when you can see these fabulous light shows, there are some obvious places where the chances are greater – which generally means above the Arctic Circle. Watch National Geographic's remarkable timelapse video here... or this one on You Tube from TSOPhotography.

For your chance to search for them for yourself, have a look at our three special Northern Lights short breaks – based in Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital city; the island city of Tromsø in Norway; and the settlement of Sollia, way above the Arctic Circle, located close to the border with Russia on Norway’s North Cape.

See our other suggestions for the ten places that offer the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights this winter. (And if you want to know the science behind the Lights, have a look at this site, one of many, that explains what they are.)

And in case you need reminding what they look like, here are a few tantalising images to whet your appetite for one of the guided night-time excursions that are included in each holiday. So, stay vigilant, keep ‘em peeled and don't forget your camera! (Just think – that could be you in the bottom picture!)

Winter snow breaks in Norway

Winter snow breaks in Iceland
Winter snow breaks in Iceland

 

Posted: 21/09/2012 10:50:18 by | with 0 comments
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