Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights or an Aurora Borealis illuminating the dark winter skies? These celestial colours are a must on every bucket list. But where and when can you see the Northern Lights? Luckily, at easyJet holidays we've handpicked the best package holidays for you to choose from and that will make your trip to the best arctic and snowy landscapes, an amazing experience.
The Aurora Borealis was named in honour to the Roman goddess. This natural wonder takes place when different atmospheric elements harmonise every 11-year in the North Pole area. Its maximal strength, also called ‘solar maximum’ was during 2014 and stays active for about two or three years, meaning 2017 could be your last chance to spot them!
It is quite difficult to predict the exact dates and hours before it occurs and that’s part of its magic. Its appearance depends mostly on the solar activity and the darkness of the nights. But despites the weather conditions, chances are the aurora borealis take place during the obscurity of the winter months, especially between September to mid-April and in some regions between November and February.
Generally, people immediately think of Iceland when they want to see the Northern Lights, and the reason why is because Iceland has beautiful and wide landscapes and a star-filled sky making the whole experience a unique memory of this amazing country. Reykjavik is without a doubt the most affordable and popular destination to see the Northern Lights and at easyJet holidays we’ve hand-picked the best Reykjavik package holidays for you to visit it without spending too much.
However, Iceland’s Northern Lights are also one of the hardest to spot, so make sure you also plan alternatives and fun activities during your stay in Iceland in case the luck isn’t on your side. Dolphin and whale watching are definitely a must but you can also visit the outskirts of the city to enjoy various hiking routes, geothermal swimming pools, museums or you could even visit the Game of Thrones’ locations while you're in the country.
On the other hand, if you are really looking to see the Northern Lights and take beautiful pictures, we’d recommend you to choose Sweden or Scotland. Both countries offer the best conditions for you to spend a relaxing and amazing stay and for you to be able to see the Northern Lights. The small town of Jukkasjärvi in Sweden is well known for being home to the first ice hotel but also for offering plenty of winter activities and wonderful attractions for the whole family. The best way to get there is to plan your holidays to Stockholm and book a few days in Kiruna so you can enjoy these captivating lights.
If you’re more of a countryside and wide-open traveller, Scotland could be the perfect destination for you. Scotland’s dark skies and peaceful lands are the perfect match for watching the bright dancing lights. Shove along the coast of Caithness on the north of the country to spot them and simply wait for the phenomenon to occur so you can experience this unique moment.
In the meantime, you can opt for other locations in Scotland such as Cairngorms and Aviemore. Both National Parks are great destinations to enjoy plenty of winter activities and winter hikes for chasing wildlife.
If you cross over the Irish Sea or the Muir Éireann, you’ll end up in the friendly and natural landscapes of Northern Ireland. The town of Inishowen is a great place to start your journey chasing the Northern Lights. Walk along County Antrim’s beautiful shores to spot the natural spectacle and simply enjoy a stay and feel the peaceful atmosphere that floats in the air.
The duration of your stay really depends on how much fun you are willing to have but also on your budget! Luckily, easyJet holidays has a great range of holidays that will tickle your fancy, for a great price.
There’s no doubt that the Northern Lights are one of the most sought-after sights in Europe, so why not enjoy the view in style? We’ve handpicked some of the best luxury experiences around to ensure you return from your trip feeling thoroughly spoilt. Experience sumptuous architecture and the best guest services around, and relax within walking distance of beautiful galleries, churches landscapes and more in one of our top destinations.
Enjoy some outdoor ice skating, experience the bustle of the city centers or head out into the countryside to find volcanoes, geysers,thermal spring baths to astound and many more attractions.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate your anniversary, to pop the question, or simply to spend time with your better half, the Northern Lights are the perfect excuse to get a little cosy. If you’re used to sunning yourselves on a beach break, a landscape covered in crisp white snow, topped with dancing lights in the sky will be all the more special.
Enjoy mountainous views, and scenic hikes together. For couples craving city sightseeing, a hotel in amongst the action in any of these fantastic destinations is the perfect base for exploring the city’s attractions.
If you want more suggestions on other magical travel destinations, check other Europe’s wonders such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, the Colosseum in, Rome, Italy or even other smaller but amazing natural events such as Ses Fonts Ufanes in Majorca.