At Northern Lights Holidays, we know how to make your once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Arctic Circle memorable. The team have operated holidays in Lapland for almost thirty years – so we know a thing or two about putting together the perfect holiday for you. The selection of trips which follows are some of our best: log cabins in wilderness Lapland, city breaks in the chic Arctic city of Tromso, and snowmobiling down frozen rivers. All of our holidays are based along the official Northern Lights Route – the best place within the Arctic Circle for seeing the Aurora Borealis.
This week-long holiday offers the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights in the Arctic...More >
A three or four-nights holiday in the Arctic wilderness, packed with exciting activities...More >
Combine a stay in the Arctic city of Tromso with a stay in the wilderness of Lapland...More >
Seeing the Northern Lights is best done in the rural wilderness; any bright city lights will impair the intensity of the Aurora (such as in Reykjavik, for example). Recognising this, the governments of Sweden, Finland and Norway collaborated and made a section of the E8 road the official ‘Northern Lights Route’ – so named because it winds through the wilderness of Lapland where the Aurora is so frequently visible and strong. The Route traverses all three countries and stretches 650km – from the frozen sea on the Bay of Bothnia, up past the Arctic Circle, across the snowy Lapland terrain, through the mountains in the Lyngen Alps, to the island city of Tromso on the northern coast. Along the way, you can find some of the Arctic’s most celebrated sights.
Half-way along the Northern Lights Route and nestled on the Swedish / Finnish border, this charming village is home to just a hundred people and is divided between two counties by the river which runs through it.
At the most northern point of the Route, the Arctic city of Tromso has been the starting point for many polar expeditions. Dubbed the ‘Paris of the North’, Tromso is bursting with Scandinavian chic.
Tucked away in north-west Norway, the Lofoten Islands are blessed with stunning mountain peaks, glistening fjords and snow-capped rorbu. Once home to fishermen, Lofoten is now a chic summer retreat for Norwegians.
Join the adventure at the end of the Northern Lights Route on the Bay of Bothnia. The ice breaker ship crunches through the ice and stops for a while, allowing you to get off and walk on the sea!
The Lyngen Alps are one of Europe’s hidden secrets. Imposing, snow-capped mountains form an awesome landscape which the Route meanders through.
Hetta is a small Finnish village with a skyline dominated by the slender bell tower of the church. The village is surrounded by the Pallas National Park – Finland’s third largest.
The world-famous Ice Hotel is crafted anew each winter from the ice of the River Torne, making for a jaw-dropping spectacle. Nearby, a moose park is home to some of the Arctic’s friendliest animals – always a favourite!
A historic Arctic village split between two countries by the frozen river which runs through it...More >
An amazing Lapland spectacle hotel crafted anew each winter from the ice of the River Torne...More >
Dubbed the ‘Paris of the North’, this Arctic city is the height of Scandinavian chic...More >
Have you ever wanted to see the Northern Lights? Witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which many can only dream of. Now, thanks to Northern Lights Holidays, that dream can become a reality this winter. In Lapland, generations of indigenous people (as well as visitors to the region) have marvelled at the Northern Lights – and now you can too! With a selection of 3, 4 or week-long holidays to choose from, and local departures from a range of UK regional airports, you will be able to find an Arctic Circle break that will provide memories which will last forever. We are currently at the turn of what scientists refer to as the ‘solar maximum’, a time when the sun’s solar activity is at its greatest, meaning sightings of the Northern Lights will be at their most frequent and most spectacular. There really has never been a better time to embark on this journey of a lifetime!
And where better to see the elusive Aurora than on the official Northern Lights Route – a road which stretches through the snow-clad Arctic tundra and vast wilderness of three countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland), passing some of Lapland’s most interesting destinations. There is so much to do in Lapland – but don’t let the abundance of exciting places and activities deceive you – for the most part, Lapland is a land of vast open space, where the deep snow covers the tundra like the sand covers the desert: for as far as the eye can see. There is quiet, still and calm here - adding to the eerie sense of mystery and magic. The stillness is only occasionally punctuated by a wandering reindeer or the call of an Arctic fox.
The Arctic’s vast span of deep snow is a playground for the young-at-heart and brings out the excited child in every adult. Driving a snowmobile down a frozen river or mushing your own team of huskies through the snow-capped forest will give you memories that will last forever – particularly if the Northern Lights appear overhead to make your evening extra special. The local Sami people love to introduce visitors and demonstrate their centuries-old way of life at their traditional reindeer camp – a visit complete with your own reindeer sleigh ride. Or why not try your hand at snow-shoeing? This ancient means of travelling across the snow is both fun and a good body workout!
Our holidays are designed by us with great care and skill. Having operated holidays to Lapland for thirty years, we have come to know the area inside-out and put every effort into making your holiday extra special. For your liking, we have selected a collection of small, cosy hotels which provide the comforting warmth which will be much needed after an eventful day in the snow. These hotels will offer a hearty dinner, warming shower and comfy bed – leaving you revitalised and ready for your next day in the snow.
For more information or to check availability, please contact us using the telephone number above. We look forward to welcoming you on one of our Northern Lights holidays soon.