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Top 5 Holidays to see the Northern Lights

Witnessing the Northern Lights is on many people’s ‘wish list’, and rightly so – the aurora borealis is one of Nature’s most awe-inspiring spectacles.
It’s an elusive phenomenon – making its appearance all the more magical – but here are our top five holidays for the best chance to see the Northern Lights...
  • Way above the Arctic Circle, the island city of Tromsø – ‘gateway to the Arctic’ – affords some of the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights anywhere in mainland Europe. You stay on the historic waterfront, which offers easy access to the city’s Arctic Cathedral, Polar Museum and the Northern Lights Exhibition Centre. To hopefully see the real thing, you venture beyond the city with an experienced guide on a night-time excursion to a point where the prevailing conditions for the aurora are most promising.
  • Above the Arctic Circle, the magical winter landscapes of Lapland, across which herds of reindeer freely roam, are bathed in a surreal and beautiful twilight. Consisting of two villages surrounded by seven fells, snow-sure Ylläs is not only a paradise for cross-country skiers for all levels (we offer special beginners' cross-country ski weeks), but also a perfect base from which to seek out the Northern Lights. After a day exploring the trails, you can take a dip in the relaxing open-air hot tub at the Ylläshumina Hotel – a wonderfully romantic and atmospheric way to unwind, and a great way to search the night sky for this spectacular natural phenomenon.
  • A holiday in Ylläs (see above) needn't just be about cross-country skiing. Here in northern Lapland, winter is a truly unique experience, perhaps all the more so because there is such a wide range of snow-based activities on offer. To try your hand at some of them, opt for our Lapland activity week, which includes dog-sledding through the snow-clad forest; snowmobiling; snowshoeing; and an introduction to cross-country skiing. In your free time, you can try your hand at ice-fishing or borrow one of the at the Ylläshumina Hotel’s kick-sleds. Be sure to reserve some energy for the evenings, though, so that you can keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.
  • If you're looking to explore Lapland's spellbinding, otherworldly wilderness at a more sedate pace, then our winter walking week in Ylläs is for you. Of all the places you can walk in the world, Ylläs must be one of the most magical. The feeling of being close to nature and the chance to fully take in your sublime surroundings make winter walking a hugely rewarding way to spend a few days in the snow. What’s more, you don't need any specialist equipment and, come nightfall, you can turn your attention to the skies and look out for the Northern Lights.
  • Northern Norway is famous as the ‘land of the midnight sun’, where daylight prevails 24 hours a day and the ‘night’ sky is bathed in a glorious golden glow that attracts visitors from far and wide. Yet as August progresses and summer draws to a close, darkness finally returns to Arctic islands such as Senja, where it is once again possible to spy the Northern Lights. There is, of course, a greater chance of seeing the Lights in winter, but if you are lucky enough to catch them in late summer, viewing temperatures are much friendlier!

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