Your Guide to the Northern Lights

While trips to see the northern lights are captured in every National Geographic catalogue to various top travel articles from the Guardian, it can almost seen unattainable to experience what is known to many as a journey of a lifetime. Although it is no surprise that trips to see the northern lights is in no way inexpensive, this does not necessarily mean there aren’t cost-efficient ways to enjoy one of nature’s most mysterious marvels in the sky.

Iceland offers some of the most wallet-friendly options for northern lights trips (apart from less-reliable Scotland). Short breaks to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, can be good value. From the capital, tourists can experience the northern lights forty minutes to two hours from the city center. No more than forty minutes from the Golden circle, where visitors can take incredible photographs. Within the golden circle lies sights ranging from the Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss Falls, and Laugarvatn Fontana.

An exhilarating off-road super-Jeep aurora hunt, crossing a magical frozen landscape and glacial rivers, is included on a new three-night Reykjavik & the Northern Lights break. If you happen to take a tour of Vatnajökull (the national glacier park), be sure to take a tour with a well-versed guide who can both lead and educate you about this masterpiece. Just southeast of this national glacier park lies Jökulsárlón glacier, which is also a breathtaking spot to take pictures.


Now in Norway, you can watch the northern lights from a remote lighthouse or mountain top, while taking the opportunity to see all the incredible wildlife in the area. In Particular, Norway’s Lofoten archipelago is particularly spellbinding in winter, which is really the best time to see the northern lights. Similar to Iceland, the best time of the year to see glaciers and ice caves is anywhere between November to March. In fact, most companies and travel agencies do not offer tours outside this window as it is dangerous for visitors to see these top nature spots in warmer weather.

North America
For long-haul aurora hunting, the Yukon in north-west Canada is among the best places to see this kind of light. Roughly the size of France, the territory is 80% wilderness which not only has minimal pollution, but also limited industry to interfere with experiencing the northern lights.

The United States’ hidden gem, Alaska is another perfect destination to experience the timeless beauty of the northern lights. For truly a wilderness based experience, take the time to visit Fairbanks and Anchorage, along with the natural thermal waters at the Chena hot springs. If you have time, be sure to visit the tallest mountain in the U.S. called Mount McKinley.

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