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Where to See the Northern Lights

Our favourite places to watch the sky's greatest show

The northern lights are one of the world’s most magical natural phenomena. This natural light display, caused by ionisation in the atmosphere, actually occurs at both of the poles, though the spectacle in the Arctic — the aurora borealis — tends to have the best balance of accessibility and brightness.
 
The prime viewing season in the northern hemisphere is between November and March, when the nights are long and temperatures cold, however in some areas it is possible to see the lights as early as August. Book several nights to increase the likelihood of having clear skies, and prepare for an awe inspiring Arctic experience.
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Eldar Lodge, Iceland
For a secluded luxury holiday, we are very fond of Eldar Lodge in Iceland. Located on a private estate about 90 minutes from Reykjavik’s city lights, you will not only see the stars more clearly than ever, but the northern lights also put on a vivid show of lurid greens, blues, reds, and even purples.
Eldar Lodge, Iceland
Eldar is an exclusive-use lodge with just 6 suites, located in a closely guarded secret location. Surrounded by low-rise woodlands and mountains, the natural wonders of the Golden Circle are nearby, so in the short hours of daylight there is plenty for you to see and do, especially if you love exploring the great outdoors. Come nightfall, you can prepare for your Northern Lights excursions with an extraordinary dining experience — the award-winning culinary team is on hand to craft meals to your taste and mood.
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Arctic Cruises with Silversea
To see the Northern Lights from the water, you can do no better than to cruise aboard the luxurious Silversea Silver Cloud. On a late summer or autumn cruise, there’s a chance to chase the northern lights, sailing through Arctic archipelagos and witnessing the beauty of the polar landscape.
Arctic Cruises with Silversea
By day, you will see the ice floes floating by, often packed with seal colonies, and there are opportunities for whale watching, too. After dark, the sky lights up as if with fireworks, and you can watch the aurora dance overhead from the ship’s top deck or through the large, panoramic windows of your suite.
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Levin Iglut, Finland
For many of us, visiting the Arctic is synonymous with staying in an igloo. At the Golden Crown Levin Iglut in Finland, you can certainly live that part of the dream.
Levin Iglut, Finland
This luxurious lodge is one of the very best for viewing the night sky. Each suite is a private glass igloo, giving you clear views of both the Northern Lights and unforgettable starscapes. Lie in bed and pick out the constellations, and admire the dancing colours above. This is one of the cosiest experiences imaginable and even more so when tucked up inside, with a glass of champagne or mug of hot chocolate in hand!
Levin Iglut, Finland
If glass igloos aren’t for you, Levin also has the Northern Lights House, perfect for a family or small group to take exclusively. It offers you the opportunity to experience the beauty and quiet of the Arctic wilderness, in a spacious and imaginative setting. Whether you choose the house or an igloo, you can relax in a traditional Finnish sauna, cross country ski or snowshoe and even visit a nearby reindeer farm.
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Start Planning Your Northern Lights Hunt
Call and speak to our expert Journeysmiths today to discuss the best destination for your aurora adventure.

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