A dedicated Northern Lights holiday is an event in and of itself. Both of the most popular destinations for this type of popular winter crack - Sweden and Iceland - offer plenty of scenic natural beauty and sufficiently to see and do to make the investment worthwhile. It is virtually impossible for anyone to come off one of these holidays feeling anything but exhilarated.Get to know more at Northern Lights Tour and Northern Lights In Finland
Those who intend to visit the Arctic Circle with the intention of chasing the lights are best served embarking on a dedicated small group organised tour, with local guides and infrastructure in place to assure the very best experience. The following information will offer a brief overview.
Where to Go
The first step towards ensuring a Northern Lights holiday is successful is to choose the right geographical latitude. The fact that this natural phenomenon is exceptional to polar latitudes is no secret, but what many people may not know is that there is a specific region - known as the 'auroral oval' - where the likelihood of seeing the lamps increases exponentially. Despite this fact, merely pinpointing the oval doesn't make the task any easier, as this area is nearly twice as wide and twice as removed from the Earth's magnetic pole as midnight can be from midday!
As such, it is better to merely make reference to some of the areas where auroras are more common. These include Iceland, Swedish Lapland, Greenland and Svalbard, as well as areas to the intense north of the United States, Russia and Canada. Of these, Sweden and Iceland are by far the most popular and easily accessible destinations for a successful Northern Lights holiday - and both have a huge number of other attractions as well, making for a diverse and fulfilling knowledge.
When to Go
Accurate timing is normally another of the main components behind a successful Northern Lights holiday, and another reason package deal tours are so successful. It is not enough to simply strategy it for 'winter', as this season is rather broad in scope. It may be better to think when it comes to aiming for October or March (the tail-end months of the cold season) as the ideal time for a break of this type. November through February are also suitable months, but late spring and summer season are not recommended, as skies are bright 24 hours a day, thereby eliminating any chance of aurora viewing.