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Northern Lights Tours

These Northern Lights tours are dedicated to the phenomena of the Aurora Borealis. These natural displays of green, white and purple light occur most frequently in the Polar Regions in a 2500 km radius off the geomagnetic pole. The zone with the most intense sightings of Aurora Borealis extends over Lapland in northern Scandinavia, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Finland. As it happens this is our specialist area and we are here to help you witness this bucket list item.

Seeing the Northern lights is firmly on many travellers' bucket list. As the phenomenon is unpredictable and never guaranteed, seeing the Aurora lights require careful planning and positioning, which only adds to the thrill of ticking the spectacle off the list. Looking for more information about planning your Northern Lights tour package, visit our page about when to see the Northern Lights or continue reading below the listed tours.

Destination
Season
Duration
Tour Standard
Asaf Kliger

ICEHOTEL experience in Swedish Lapland

4 days - Independent tour staying at the ICEHOTEL all year round

  • Great Value
  • Sweden tours
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Swedish Aurora Glamping and Arctic Wellness

5 days - Hot air ballooning over Lapland and stay at the Arctic Bath.

  • New CONE rooms
  • Sweden tours
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Experience the Northern Lights

Experience the Northern Lights

15 days - Escorted Small Group tour to Norway and Finland with northbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage

  • 2022/23 Winter available
  • Norway tours
  • Finland tours
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Aurora Village Finland

Aurora Highlights Escorted

8 days - Escorted Northern Lights tour to Norway and Finland

  • Secure your spot 2022
  • Norway tours
  • Finland tours
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Dogsledding through Swedish Lapland

5 days - Extended adventure tour through Swedish Wilderness

  • Perfect for teenagers
  • Sweden tours
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Aurora Village Finland

Aurora Highlights tour

5 days - Aurora Glass Cabin | Snow Hotel | Northern Lights - Kirkenes to Ivalo

  • Best Seller
  • Norway tours
  • Finland tours
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Chase the Northern Lights

14 days - Escorted Small Group tour to Norway and Finland with southbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage

  • 2022/2023
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Lapland Circle

11 days - Independent tour - Staying at ICEHOTEL, Tromsø and 3 nights in Glass Igloos.

  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
  • Sweden tours
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Torassieppi Aurora Domes

Northern Lights in Finland

4 days - Short stay to search for Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

  • Great value
  • Refurbished rooms
  • Finland tours
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Spa at Lyngen Lodge

New Year's in the Lyngen Alps

6 days - Celebrate the New Year under the Northern Lights.

  • Premium
  • Norway tours
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Eveline Lunde

Svalbard Northern Lights Adventure

4 days - Silent Esledding, Wilderness Safaris & Ice Cave Adventure in Spitsbergen

  • Premium
  • Svalbard tours
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Nordic Winter Odyssey

15 day - ICEHOTEL | Lyngen Lodge | Norwegian Coastal Voyage | Stockholm

  • Premium
  • Lots of inclusions
  • Norway tours
  • Sweden tours
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Northern Lights Stay at Lyngen Lodge

5 days - Mountain Lodge and winter adventures under the Northern Lights

  • Premium
  • Norway tours
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Tromsø & the Northern Lights

6 days - Experience the Northern Lights from your own fisherman's cabin

  • Norway tours
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Wilderness Hideaway for Christmas

Christmas Wilderness Hideaway in Finland

6 days - Stay at the boutique Beana Laponia, a stone's throw away from Rovaniemi

  • Finland tours
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Big Ben Productions

Ice & Auroras in Swedish Lapland

5 days - Independent tour - Stay overnight in the ICEHOTEL. Sleep on reindeer skins.

  • Sweden tours
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Lapland Adventure Week

8 days - The best of Lapland with winter activities and overnight husky safari

  • Great value
  • Finland tours
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Arctic Fox Cabins

Polar Bears and New Year's Eve in Lapland

5 days - Celebrate the New Year in Finland staying in modern apartments and overnight in Glass Igloo.

  • New Igloos
  • 2022 available
  • Finland tours
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Visit Norway

Norwegian Winter Family Adventure

5 days - Family 'Frozen' adventure in Alta and the Snowhotel

  • New tour 2021/22
  • Norway tours
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Northern Lights in Iceland

Private Iceland Premium Short Tour

5 days - Winter tour of Iceland with Northern Lights focus and private tours

  • Premium
  • Iceland tours
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Private Northern Lights Tour of Finland and Norway

5 days - Stay in an Aurora Glass Cabin with all private inclusions and transport

  • Premium
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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David Evans

Escorted Northern Lights Photography Tour

8 days - Join expert Northern Lights Photographer, David Evans on this Finland and Norway tour.

  • Premium
  • Limited to 8 travellers only
  • New Date Released
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Lapland Guesthouse

Festive Swedish Christmas Tour

5 days - Secluded Boutique Winter Guesthouse in Sweden

  • Sweden tours
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Christmas at Sunday Morning Resort

6 days - Exclusive Family Christmas Tour with Sustainable Focus

  • Premium
  • 2022 available
  • Finland tours
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Arctic Treehouse Hotel @meirr

Christmas at Arctic TreeHouse Hotel Escorted

5 days - Visit Rovaniemi with a stay in the TreeHouse Hotel.

  • 2022 available
  • Finland tours
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Lapland Circle Escorted

11 days - Escorted small group - visiting Norway, Sweden and Finland | ICEHOTEL & Glass Igloos

  • Premium
  • Maximum 12 people
  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
  • Sweden tours
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Lyngen Lodge Norway

Christmas in the Lyngen Alps

6 days - Celebrate Christmas under the Northern Lights

  • Premium
  • Norway tours
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Finland Lodge and Villa Holidays

Lapland as a Local

7 days - Private Log Cabin | Village Stay | Authentic Activities

  • Our favourite
  • Finland tours
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Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

Arctic TreeHouse Stay in Finland

5 days - Visit Rovaniemi with a stay in the TreeHouse Hotel.

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Ruka Reindeer Farm

Christmas Adventure in Ruka, Finland - escorted tour

5 days - Truly magical escorted Christmas tour in Northern Finland

  • Finland tours
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@natashavishnyova

Arctic Wilderness and Auroras with local Sami Experience

7 day - Tromsø and the Reindeer Ranch glass igloos independent tour

  • Premium
  • Norway tours
  • Finland tours
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Arctic Fox Igloos Ranua

Arctic Winter Wildlife Tour

5 days - Encounter winter wildlife in Finland's Ranua Wildlife Park and a stay in Arctic Fox Igloo

  • New Igloos
  • Finland tours
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Aurora Village, Finland

Aurora Highlights Reverse Escorted Tour

7 days - Aurora Glass Cabin | Snow Hotel | Northern Lights | Tromsø | Coastal Voyage | North Cape

  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Aurora Village, Ivalo

Aurora Highlights Reverse Tour

5 days - Aurora Glass Cabin | Snow Hotel | Northern Lights - Ivalo to Kirkenes

  • Finland tours
  • Norway tours
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Aurora Safari in Swedish Lapland

6 days - Independent Aurora tour through Swedish Lapland staying at the Treehotel and ICEHOTEL

  • Sweden tours
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Aurora Wilderness Hideaway in Finland

6 days - Boutique Beana Laponia Hotel | Rovaniemi | Snowmobiling | Adults only

  • Finland tours
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Gøran Mikkelsen

Autumn Auroras on Norway's Coast

6 days - Tromsø and Coastal Norwegian Northern Lights tour

  • Norway tours
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Autumn Colours & Aurora Borealis

4 days - Experience Finland in its majestic autumn months

  • Finland tours
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Levi Glass Igloos

Beana Laponia and Levi Glass Igloos

5 days - Independent stay at two luxury properties in Finnish Lapland

  • Best Seller
  • Finland tours
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Christmas in Levi Glass Igloos

5 days - Spend Christmas in the heart of Northern Finland

  • Finland tours
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Finnish Lapland Short Winter Break

5 days - Short break in Finnish Lapland with all the essential elements of Nordic winter holiday.

  • Finland tours
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Fire, Ice & the Blue Lagoon - winter

5 days - Independent winter tour of Iceland with Northern Lights focus.

  • Iceland tours
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Glass Igloo Stay in Finland

5 days - Perfect winter stay in search for the Northern Lights

  • Finland tours
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Glass Igloos & Lakeside Retreat

6 days - Gourmet food, boutique stays, Northern Lights and winter adventures

  • Finland tours
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Golden Circle & Northern Highlights - Winter

7 days - An independent winter tour of Iceland

  • Iceland tours
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Wilderness Hotel Inari

Inari Autumn Auroras

4 days - Sámi cultural experiences on this short Autumn stay

  • Finland tours
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Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Kirkenes Winter Experience

5 days - Snowhotel stay easily combined with Norwegian Coastal voyage

  • Norway tours
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Wilderness Hotel Inari

Lapland Arctic Highlights

5 days - Adventure and Northern Lights in a Wilderness Lodge in Finland

  • Finland tours
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Harrinivia

Lapland Autumn Retreat

4 days - Early Northern Lights, campfires and forest exploring at a peaceful Lapland resort

  • Great Value
  • Finland tours
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Lofoten & Northern Lights

4 days - Seeing is believing - these islands are magical.

  • Norway tours
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Northern Lights & Arctic Sky in Luosto

5 days - Glass igloo in Finland - in the heart of Lapland.

  • Private Santa Visit Available
  • Finland tours
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Northern Lights & Winter Magic

5 days - Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort stay in search for the Northern Lights

  • New Igloos
  • Finland tours
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Marc Marchal

Northern Lights Exploration

8 days - Small Group tour exploring the best of Western, Southern & Southeast Iceland in search of the Northern Lights

  • Iceland tours
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Aurora Village

Northern Lights in Aurora Village Finland

5 days - Independent Northern Lights tour to Finnish Lapland. Sleep in an Aurora Glass Cabin and enjoy winter activities.

  • 2021 and 2022 available
  • Finland tours
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Christan Brothner

Norwegian Coastal Highlights Escorted

10 days - Escorted Small Group tour with northbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage, Oslo to Tromsø

  • 2022/2023
  • Norway tours
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Norwegian Coastal Highlights Escorted Reverse

10 days - Escorted Small Group tour with southbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage, Tromsø to Oslo

  • Norway tours
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Hamn i Senja Aurora Rooms

Senja, Wildlife & Auroras

6 days - Northern Norway Wildlife Safari, Northern Lights and Tromsø

  • New Aurora Cabins
  • Norway tours
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Elida Langstein

Spitsbergen Arctic Darkness

4 days - Out of this world 24-hour darkness, Arctic adventures and dogsledding

  • Svalbard tours
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Basecamp Longyearbyen

Spitsbergen Arctic Summer

4 days - Arctic adventures, pristine nature and glaciers

  • Pre or Post Cruise
  • Svalbard tours
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Lapland Guesthouse

Swedish Winter Adventure Tour

5 days - Short Sweden Winter Tour in a boutique family run lodge

  • Only 5 cabins
  • Sweden tours
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How can I travel to the Northern Lights region in Northern Europe?

The Northern lights tours typically take place above the Arctic Circle across the 50 Degrees North region. Flying in the Nordic region during winter is safe and convenient and winter conditions do not prevent flying or landing. As icy and snowy conditions in the far north are nothing unusual, airports are well prepared, and de-icing equipment is readily available. The industry is well regulated, planes are safe and pilots are very experienced in flying in all weather. There is no airport in Scandinavia without a convenient public transport connection to the nearest city.

Usually your first step is to get a flight to the capital city of Finland (Helsinki), Sweden (Stockholm) or Norway (Oslo) and either fly to a smaller town in Lapland - the nearest one to where you will be staying - or catch the local trains to the north. For example, you can catch an overnight train with a sleeping berth from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, arriving to the Arctic Circle in the morning. This is a very authentic way of travel, but not adviced if you're on a tight schedule.

Aurora Village Family

Image: Aurora Village

When can you join a Northern Lights tour?

Many Northern lights tours operate from August to April, however most of the tours offered are from November until April when it is darker and colder in the region. If you have any time during these months available to travel, we would recommend later in the season when you have longer daylight hours for activities.

When should you book a Northern Lights tour?

Doing a Northern lights tour has been exceptionally popular recently with the Solar Maximum producing some of the most intense displays in over a decade. We suggest booking at least three to six months earlier to secure the best the region has to offer. Many of the hotels have built new facilities designed specifically with the Northern lights viewing in mind, such as the Glass Igloos in Kakslauttanen, Glass Igloos in Levi and the new chalets in Kirkenes.

We suggest you plan your itinerary with some Northern Lights excursions (such as snow mobiling or minivan tours) and then once you have arrived at your accommodation, you can add some more of these excursions if the conditions are right. Most tour operators will have some flexibility on a day-to-day basis as the weather conditions make a big difference to your success in seeing the Northern Lights.

Are there any day/night tours to see the Northern Lights that I can join?

There are a variety of different options to see the Northern lights within a tailor made Aurora lights tour. If you want to do a Northern lights tour in Norway, you can base yourself in one of the cities above the Arctic Circle and join evening trips that search for the Northern lights. Typically, the drivers and guides will research the weather forecast and the Aurora prediction websites each evening and will drive to the area most likely to show the aurora. A warm van, hot chocolates and sometimes an open fire, will keep you happy and cozy during the search.

Adventure tour options such as skidoo trips and reindeer sledding tours, which incorporate a Northern lights search, are also offered in most of our winter locations.
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Our region also offers many accommodation options designed to provide you comfortable ways to see the Northern lights. Positioned high up on a mountain in Sweden, the Abisko Aurora Sky station offers a viewing area and museum combined with a restaurant to enjoy at the same time. Abisko has a unique micro-climate which keeps the skies clear - ideal for seeing the lights!

Likewise, the patio and Jacuzzi at Lyngen Lodge, Norway or the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage deck and jacuzzi offer a great ‘bucket list’ spot to see the lights.

Similarly, perch yourself on a bar stool in the ION hotel in Iceland. This fabulous architecturally designed country hotel with huge foyer windows is a dramatic place to witness the Northern lights spectacle away from artificial light.

Are there any group tours to see the Northern Lights that I can join?

We offer several small group tours designed to see the Northern lights. In Iceland, there are several different small group coach tours that are designed around seeing the Northern Lights from Iceland's iconic spots.

This Norwegian Coastal (Kystruten) voyage and tour, Chase the Northern Lights, runs regularly during winter and is exclusive to 50 Degrees North. Fully escorted for the entire tour, this tour travels from Helsinki, to Rovaniemi and then down the Norwegian coast.

Can you predict if I will see the Northern Lights on my tour?

There are two kinds of Northern lights predictions: statistical and real-time ones. The former are based on a large amount of observations of Northern lights at different latitudes during several years. From these statistics we can say what is the probability of the occurrence of Northern lights during the course of year.

According to the statistics compiled by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, four nights out of five are illuminated by Northern lights in Northern Lapland (Kilpisjärvi-Utsjoki area) providing that the sky is free enough from clouds. On the coast of the Arctic Ocean in North Norway (e.g. in Tromsö) one can see Northern lights almost every night. Even in South Finland, for example in Helsinki, one can see them but much more seldom; in Helsinki only one night out of 20.

Remember, the occurrence of auroras depends on the latitude, so be sure to look Northwards for the lights. We always suggest staying in the Aurora Zone long enough for storms (i.e clouds) to pass. And just in case you haven't realised, during summer months you cannot see any aurora due to light nights (up to 24 hrs of light, i.e. the Midnight Sun). Generally, the best time to see auroras is between 9pm and 1am local time.

NOTE: The auroras come in lots of different shades and strengths. Some nights, you will be dazzled by brilliant lights whilst other nights, it is a dull hazy green, hard to see and rather vague. Fingers crossed for one of the magical nights!!

When the Earth's magnetic field is very disturbed, the auroras can spread all over Europe for a couple of hours.

To get more technical, the latter predictions are based on a space-weather monitoring system either by ground-based devices or satellites watching the space-weather conditions around the Earth. When the monitoring devices (e.g., magnetometers or particle detectors in a satellite) show certain deviations from the normal situation, one can expect that a space weather storm is approaching in a few hours.

The skill of real-time predictions is, unfortunately, rather low as we cannot make predictions for several days like forecasting normal weather. The reason for this shortcoming is that we do not fully understand the complicated processes, starting from the Sun and ending in the near-space of the Earth, involved in the cosmic ignition of the Northern lights. Therefore, more space-research is needed for better forecasts. For further information about the Northern Lights, refer to this Spaceweather website.

Have a look at our complete range of Northern Lights tours here.

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