Home to the most incredible volcanic landscapes, a unique culinary scene and the iconic Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s appeal has grown rapidly in the last few years. While the majority of the island compromises of rugged, but beautiful, terrain; with the occasionally-placed town or village compromising of colourful wooden buildings, the seriously cool capital of Reykjavík makes for an ideal winter city break – and also provides ample opportunities to seek and see the mysterious Aurora Borealis – informally known as the ‘Northern Lights’. From Reykjavík, there are a number of unique experiences available to help with catching a glimpse of the lights – from Jeep Tours to Evening Boat Trips – often offered with hotel pick-ups, or from central meeting points within the city itself. The advantage of these experiences is that most take you away from the light pollution of the capital, with many offering a free trip the following evening should you fail to see them. See our latest deals for Reykjavík city breaks below.
Glass Igloo, Finland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Northern Lights by Jeep
Could there be a better way to sleep than under the stars, with the Aurora above, but from the comfort of a warm bed? The glass-ceiling trend has recently taken off across Finland, however there are still very few hotels offering this type of unique accommodation. With most options located above the Arctic Circle in the heart of the Lapland region, they’re not the easiest to get to – but they provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those with the Northern Lights at the top of their bucket list. We work directly with a glass igloo hotel in Finland to create unique packages – they even provide a ‘Aurora Alarm’ service, which will sound during the night should they appear! See our latest deals for Glass Igloo experiences below.
Located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian city of Tromsø is is often called the ‘Paris of the North’. It’s beautiful, cultural, and relatively untouched by modern tourism, home to the world’s northernmost brewery and an annual film festival which attracts people from all over the country in their thousands. Tromsø is a great place to see the Lights – take the Fjellheisen (cable car) to the top of the mountain for incredible views of the city and the Aurora, should they make an appearance. There are now a number of ‘Northern Lights’ cruises on offer, some sailing from the UK, with renowned lines such as P&O, Fred. Olsen and Hurtigruten, giving those seeking the comforts of a cruise experience an opportunity to catch the Lights in all their glory. You can even take a specialist ‘Northern Lights Flight’ one evening to very edge of British airspace, at a height of 40,000 ft to maximise your chances of seeing them. These flights operate with as many aircraft lights turned off as regulations allow, well above the Earth’s weather systems, and are even planned around the phases of the moon to maximise visibility. They hold an overall sighting record of over 90% – and provide a wonderfully unique way to see the Aurora. See our latest deals for other Northern Lights experiences below.