One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Northern Lights are a stunning display of swirling, other-worldly lights. It’s no surprise seeing this spectacle features high on many travellers’ wish-lists: the incredible hues of blues and greens dancing across the night sky certainly make for a memorable holiday.
Most people head for Finnish or Swedish Lapland, steering clear of large towns or cities (the more light pollution there is, the harder it is to see them). Essentially, the closer you are to the magnetic north pole, the more chance you have of the lights appearing.
Transun, along with our local experts, have selected destinations in the region’s far north with little or no light pollution to ensure your chances of spotting the Aurora Borealis are high. Sightings are never guaranteed, however, you can time your trip to coincide with monthly cycles and clear weather periods.
We have years of experience arranging holidays to see the Northern Lights and use our expert knowledge to book a tour to suit you. Our 3 or 4-night Northern Lights tour is incredibly popular but we also offer 3 or 4-night Festive Lights tours in December or week-long Aurora Hunter holidays from January to March.
A natural phenomenon that has left us mere mortals stunned for centuries, the Northern Lights are a wonder both to look at and understand. Here’s the science behind them.
The colours swaying across the sky are caused by solar particles colliding with gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. The sun’s flares generate these particles. The result is a mish-mash of red, green, yellow and purple shades dancing in the night. Pale green and pink are the most commonly seen. Different types of gas particles colliding cause the range of colours.
For example, the pale green colours are caused by oxygen molecules around 60 miles above the Earth’s surface. All-red auroras, however, are a result of high-altitude oxygen floating up to 200 miles high.
Activity peaks every 11 years (often referred to as the solar maximum), with the next peak forecast for 2024. However, they are visible annually above the Arctic Circle from November through to March.
Seeing the Northern Lights from the magnificent Arctic landscape of Karesuando only ampifies their beauty. this village is just home to 300 people and is found in Lapland, straddling the border between Finland and Sweden. The frozen river that cuts the village serves as the border between the two countries, and the settlement is surrounded by a rolling landscape of frozen lakes and plains that provide excellent sites from which to view the Northern Lights.
Search for the fabled Aurora Borealis on this week-long break deep inside the Arctic Circle
7 nights from £1049 per adult
Combine nature’s most extraordinary Northern Lights show with the jollity of the festive period
3 or 4 nights from £829 per adult
Search for the spectacular Northern Lights in Lapland and enjoy a host of winter activities
3 or 4 nights from £799 per adult
A short break for those who can’t get enough of mushing their own team of eager husky dogs
3 or 4 nights from £879 per adult
A short break for those who can't get enough of snowmobiling through Lapland
3 or 4 nights from £879 per adult
A simple Arctic break including just the essentials - add excursions to create your own trip
3, 4 or 7 nights from £649 per adult
Search for Santa in his magical homeland on our two-night Lapland holidays
2 nights from £1049 per adult
Visit Santa in his secret log cabin in the forest on this three-night Lapland holiday
3 nights from £969 per adult
On the big day itself, wake up to a white Christmas like you've never seen before!
4 nights from £1379 per adult
After a Christmas at home, enjoy a family winter holiday in Lapland before the New Year
3 nights from £1049 per adult
Welcome in the New Year in style in Lapland - and thank Santa for the presents he brought you!
3 nights from £1109 per adult