NORTHERN LIGHTS TRAVEL
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are one of nature’s most magical and mythical spectacles. The pale yellowish-green and pink dancing lights have been fascinating visitors since the dawn of time and are still as enchanting and mysterious as ever. Take the example of Norway where this phenomenon is so engrained in its culture that the government decided to add the neon lights in its residents’ passports by way of a black light feature.
Northern lights are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere blown by the solar wind and gaseous particles in the earth’s atmosphere. The charged particles are largely deflected by our planet’s magnetic field, but because the earth’s magnetic field is weaker at either pole, some particles enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gas particles. This explains why Northern lights can be seen in both the North and South poles. The different colours are due to the type of gas particles that collide together. Many legends roamed around this spectacle before it could be scientifically explained in the 1950’s. Indeed, the Inuit people of Greenland believed the lights came from the ancestors’ spirits playing soccer with the skull of a walrus.
Scandinavian countries for example are home to this seasonal ethereal show, and travellers cross the globe in the hope of watching live this stunning spectacle. The Northern Lights can be observed during about 200 nights per year in the vast Finnish Lapland, where you can chase after them on a reindeer-drawn sleigh ride through the iced towering pines. Iceland is another popular destination for the Aurora Borealis which gets its sky filled with shades of vibrant pink, green and purple lights. Finally, there is Svalbard in Norway, an archipelago in the Barents Sea that experiences perpetual darkness between mid-November and January. This place offers its visitors the opportunity to head out on a snowmobile to experience the aurora and to see arctic foxes running around in their natural environment under the dancing lights.
The Northern Lights offer a magical experience for everyone, including families with their children as you can combine this unique happening with snowshoeing, snowmobiling, a visit to reindeer farms and dog sleighing. This celestial disco is a phenomenon that should not be missed in an eager traveller’s lifetime.
The Real Northern Lights
your sample journey
Arrival in Rovaniemi Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your accommodation. In the afternoon, activities for the children are organized, followed by a hunt of the Northern Lights.
After breakfast, make your way to the husky kennel where you will be taught how to drive a team of dogs for your dog sledding adventure. In the afternoon, set of for the next adventure: snowmobiling. After the ride, you will have the opportunity to make a stop to cross the Arctic Circle at Santa Claus Village.
Today, you will head out in the snowy landscape towards the magical home of the reindeer where you will go on a sleigh ride.
Afternoon at leisure. After dinner, head out to spot the Northern Lights.
This morning, you will visit a handcraft workshop in true Lappish settings. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.
your sample journey
Arrival in Lapland, meet and greet and transfer to your accommodation, a hideout in the lap of wilderness, far away from any other sign of civilization.
Today, you head off on your snowmobiles into the Arctic wilderness during which you will have the chance to see many wild animals. You will reach Halti and arrive to the Three-Country Cairn in the northernmost point of Sweden.
As the sun rises, you will be getting on your skis and reach a wilderness hut which will be your base for the day. Today, you will learn how to fish and cook the catch by an open fire. In the evening, admire the Northern Lights in the sky.
This morning, head to the Barents Sea where you will climb up on a glacier to enjoy the spectacular landscape while learning to move forward in the snow.
This morning head out for a final walk and discover the footsteps left by the nightly visitors. Depart for the airport for your flight back home.
your sample journey
Arrival in Tromsø, meet and greet and transfer to your accommodation. In the evening, enjoy a Northern Lights cruise.
Today, you head out on a Sami and reindeer experience, looking for and feeding the wild reindeer with the Sami people. In the evening, enjoy a Northern Lights workshop tour with a professional photographer.
Start your day with a whale watching tour. Later, you will transfer to Alta followed by Sorrisniva. In the evening, enjoy yet another Northern Lights tour.
This morning, transfer to the Polar Park to enjoy a tour and see bears, moose, deer and wolves. Later today, head out on a snowmobiling northern lights safari.
After breakfast, head out on a sledding tour before transferring to the airport for your flight back home.
your sample journey
Arrival in Reykjavik Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your accommodation. Upon arrival, step out of your hotel to explore the city.
After breakfast, head out to explore the Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. After lunch, you will visit the greenhouses of Fridheimar, followed by the Secret Lagoon. You will be back in Reykjavik by late afternoon.
Today, you will discover and explore the beautiful city of Reykjavik with a twist: enjoy a cultural and gastronomic walking tour. After the visit, you will move to the country side and head to your new accommodation surrounded by mountains, glaciers and volcanos.
Today is an exciting day: go snowmobiling between glaciers and waterfalls, walk behind the cascade, or head on an ATV-safari on the black beach. After a full day of adventure, head back to your hotel for some much-needed relaxation.
After checking out, your next adventure begins: explore a stunning lava cave in the Three Peaks Crater volcano. This afternoon, head to the blue lagoon.
Spend this day relaxing at the spa and in the lagoon.
Today, you will transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.