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Looking for an awe-inspiring winter break? Fly north for the chance to catch Mother Nature’s ethereal light show, created by the collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun and the earth's atmosphere. Every sighting of this mesmeric and colourful display is different, as the rainbows of light dance to a different beat with each and every performance.

 

Visit the northern latitudes and marvel at the aurora borealis

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis (named by Galileo after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn) are most commonly sighted in the Arctic regions, in destinations such as Tromso in Norway and Lulea in Sweden. Where you choose to go for your northern lights trip, however, will depend upon what else you’d like to add to your travel itinerary. With any luck, you’ll see the sky ablaze with the dramatic and entrancing natural event, but a sighting isn’t guaranteed. Luckily, there are plenty of other great reasons to visit northern Scandinavia. Snowmobiling, husky sledding and Super Jeep tours are just some of the epic activities on offer when you book a package holiday to Narvik in Norway or Rovaniemi in Finland, destinations that captivate visitors all year round.

 

Experience a humbling and unforgettable northern lights holiday

The ultimate destination for an adventurous winter break and one of the best places to see the northern lights is arguably Reykjavik in Iceland, the northernmost capital of the world where visitors can also explore geysers and venture inside glaciers.

You can spot the northern lights from late September to early April, but the height of winter is the optimal time to visit. You’ll maximise your chances of being witness to the celestial performance from October to November and February to March, and the best time of day to chase the elusive event is between 9pm and 2am. Don’t worry, though, since a lot of hotels can provide a wake-up call just for the aurora to ensure you don’t miss out on seeing the lights, or on getting enough sleep.

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