Here at Best Served Scandinavia we our passionate on everything Scandinavia. We have expertise in Scandinavian Northern Lights holidays through our industry experience and our blend of Scandinavian travel consultants.
All our Scandinavia Northern Lights holidays can be tailored to deliver the precise mix of destinations and experiences required. So have a look at the below Scandinavia Northern Lights holiday offers and itineraries for a starting point then contact us and tell us what you want to do, so we can start to design that Northern Lights experience for you.
There are a multitude of great vantage points to watch the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in Scandinavia. Lake Myvatn, Kangerlussuaq, Reykjavik, Vatnajökull,Alta, Tromso and many more. Whatever your choice we will offer the best advice to ensure you get a chance to view one of most beautiful spectacle in the world. Remember as well as viewing this spectacle you can always package it up with snowmobiling, archipelago tours, super jeep safaris, cross country skiing, sightseeing and city breaks
Scandinavia Northern Lights – The stories behind the Northern Lights
The same extreme reaches of northern Europe that provide endless days of sunshine in summer promise something completely different in the winter months: the Aurora Borealis (‘dawning of the north‘) or Northern Lights – shimmering dancing lights that sweep their way across the skies.
The Sami people believed the Northern Lights was a celestial god, and to this day, many a local will not dare to attract them by waving or whistling. Nordic fishermen believed them to be caused by sunlight reflecting off large shoals of herring and saw them as a symbol of a good catch. To the Inuit of the lower Yukon River, they were dancing souls in the endless flickering sky. The Vikings saw them as reflections from the armour of the Valkyries, maidens who took dead warriors to Valhalla (Heaven). More tragically perhaps, many of Greenland‘s Inuits viewed the lights as children who had died at birth.
Scandinavia Northern Lights – The facts
The scientific facts are impressive: during storms and flares on the surface of the sun, huge quantities of particles are thrown deep into space. We know them as solar winds. When the particles collide with the gasses in the earth‘s atmosphere, they glow, producing a fantastic array of dancing colours. Subsquently the dancing eggects is caused by the interaction of the earth‘s magnetic field with these encroaching solar winds.
Scandinavia Northern Lights – The display
Auroras are predominantly a green, but if conditions are right, occurrences can light up the skies with displays of red, blue, yellow and violet, with occasional tinges of pink or white. The different elements of the Northern Lights produce different colours, blue for nitrogen, for example, and yellow-green for oxygen.
Viewing the Northern Lights
For many, the principal reason for heading north in winter is to see the Northern Lights. Their appearance, however, can neither be predicted nor guaranteed, though you can improve your chances. Generally speaking, The Northern Lights the further north you go, the more likely you are to see them, with trips inside the Arctic Circle giving you the best odds. The swirling apparitions are at their most frequent between November and March, with the optimum time of day being between 6 pm and 2 am. Even then, you best hope for a clear night, as clouds can also obscure your view.
Our best advice is to try and be patient and to stay in a known Aurora area for as long as possible. To get the most from the show, also try and avoid the full moon (we have a lunar calendar to assist you) or areas with artificial light. City lights, for example, can lessen the intensity of the spectacle, though that hasn‘t stopped revellers in Norway‘s Tromsø from gazing up in awe as they make their way between the city‘s bars and restaurants.
Northern Lights Video (all rights go to National Geographic)
Iceland Northern Lights Holidays
Our top Iceland Northern Lights Holidays
The below itineraries show a sample of Iceland Northern Lights Holidays. If nothing takes your fancy then please call one of Scandinavian experts on 020 7838 5956
Iceland Northern Lights Holidays from £970.00 per person
Tour destination: Iceland
Lake Myvatn is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). It is also an area of outstanding natural beauty where you can discover the wonders of the Icelandic winter landscape.
During this break you can relax and watch some of the natural wonders or spend a few days enjoying activities such..
Iceland Northern Lights Holidays from £695.00 per person
Tour destination: Iceland
Escape to the land of fire and ice for a romantic break full of natural wonder. Visit the relaxing geothermal spa at the Blue Lagoon before a stay at the luxurious log-cabin-style Hotel Ranga, southern Iceland’s only four-star resort.
A host of natural marvels await you as you spend three full days exploring this beautiful ..
Iceland Northern Lights Holidays from £785.00 per person
Tour destination: Iceland
Celebrate New Year in Reykjavik, Iceland’s cool capital!
On New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik, Iceland sees what is probably one of the biggest firework displays in the whole world. Every family buys lots of fireworks and the whole evening becomes one big display lighting up the Iceland sky. You will also enjoy a sumptuous ..
Iceland Northern Lights Holidays from £899.00 per person
Tour destination: Iceland
4 4 nights
A five-day escorted tour through Iceland in search of the Northern Lights
This five-day escorted tour takes in the wonderful winter wilderness of southern Iceland, starting and ending in the capital Reykjavik and visiting a number of the region’s most impressive sites, from the iceberg-filled waters of the Jokulsarlon Lagoo..
Norway Northern Lights Holidays
Our top Norway Northern Lights Holidays
The below itineraries show a sample of Norway Northern Lights Holidays. If nothing takes your fancy then please call one of Scandinavian experts on 020 7838 5956
Norwegian Lapland - or Finnmark as it is also known - is home to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (formerly the Alta Igloo). Every year this architectural splendour is built entirely from scratch. Everything from the beds and even the glasses in the ice bar are made from the regions plentiful..
Alta – the town of the Northern Lights – is a natural destination to see this spectacular sight and perfect starting point for an arctic adventure. Alta earned its name as a town of the Northern Lights after the world’s first observatory was built there at the end of the 19th century. Today Alta has lost none of its appeal as a ‘Northern Ligh..
Tromso is situated right in the centre of the Northern Lights zone and is, therefore, among the best places on earth to observe this natural phenomenon. In order to see the lights, it must be dark and clear which is the main reason that we do not see them between May and August. The best time to look for them is between 6pm and 2am. Some visitors prefer to see the p..
A four-day break at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel in the wilderness of northern Norway
Journey to the frontier town of Kirkenes in northern Norway where you’ll spend four days exploring this stunning winter wilderness on the shores of the Barents Sea near the borders of Finland and Russia.
Special Departure - 17 and 23 February 2013 for 5 days/4 nights
In her hit programme Joanna Lumley first saw the northern lights in the Lofoten Islands and National Geographic rated them in the top 3 of ‘most appealing islands in the world’. This special trip focuses on the northern lights, culture, history and nature ..
Photograph the Northern Lights with Aurora Hunters - Exclusive to Best Served Scandinavia
Norway’s Lofoten Islands, deep inside the Arctic Circle, are without doubt one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world and a photographers dream. Here you’ll find deep fjords encircled by jagged mountain peaks, surroundin..
Total eclipse and the Northern Lights 17-23 March 2015
Spitsbergen, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago lies deep within the Arctic Circle, several hundred miles north of the Norwegian mainland. This beautiful, untamed Arctic wilderness is home to just a few thousand hardy fishermen, coal miners and a small population of polar bears. During the winter mont..
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