Planning Northern Lights Holidays

The northern lights are one of nature's most magnificent and mysterious displays. The wonderous glow of the northern lights have attracted visitors from across the world to Iceland, who normally visit in winter to catch the light show. If you're thinking of planning a few northern lights holidays, here are a few general tips to help you get your trip off to a good start?

Where and when to go

The northern lights are formed by electrically charged particles emitted from the sun and create a glow of multicoloured lava-lamp clouds in the sky. The lights appear in the northern hemisphere and can be best seen from Canada or Alaska, but for those of us in Europe the best way to see these lights is through northern lights holidays.

It is possible to see the lights from September to April, but the optimum months are considered to be October to November and February to March. The best time to sight the lights is usually between 9pm and 2am.

Northern Lights Holidays on a Budget

If you're on a tight budget you can still visit the northern lights. Iceland is only a three-hour flight from the UK, and Icelandair offers a package with a three-night city stay to see the northern lights for only £299 per person, with flighrs from London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Package Holidays

If you're looking to experience more of the country instead of spending a few nights looking at the lights, you can book package holidays with Discover the World, Transun and Aurora Zone, which offer both packages to explore Iceland the chase the northern lights in different areas of the country or explore other parts of Europe as an inclusion to your holiday.

What to take

If book your northern lights holidays in the winter, you'll need to remember that Iceland is a cold country and you should pack for a harsher winter compared to those in the UK. Thermal clothing should be on the top of your list, but some hotels provide these already. If you want to ride a snowmobile, you will require a driver's license and photographers should take a tripod to take long exposure shots.

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