Northern Lights Breaks

It’s always essential to take a break from your daily routine every once in a while. You can take a break during the summer or winter or just about any time you would prefer. This year, consider taking Northern Lights breaks with your family. Get away for a few days and see the spectacular phenomenon called the aurora borealis.

Alaska is the nearest place to go if you want to see the Northern Lights. But if you have the funds and a lot of time in your hands, you can travel to Finland, Norway or Sweden instead. But regardless of which of these places you go to, you will be sure to have a grand time watching the beautiful display of the Northern Lights.

The Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights are also known as aurora borealis. They are seen in the northern hemisphere, and these lights form when the sun meets the earth. The sun emits a cloud of gas, and when it reaches the Earth’s electromagnetic surface, a reaction takes place, which would then result to the formation of the Northern Lights. The lights get their color from the atoms present in the atmosphere, such as oxygen and nitrogen. The lights are mostly green with bits of yellow and blue. White, pink and violet colors also appear at times, adding to its magnificence.

Alaska Tour Packages for Northern Lights Breaks

Because of the number of visitors trooping to Alaska annually, there are a lot of hotels and lodges available. You can opt for a Northern Lights breaks package that includes day activities like ice museum visits, dog sled riding and attending Alaskan festivals. In most travel packages, the nighttime is devoted to the spectacular Northern Lights show.

Fairbanks, Alaska is the most popular place to see the Northern Lights. Locals go outside the city to observe the Northern Lights because the city lights can diminish their sharp definition. The top of the Ester Dome is also a great place to go to if you want to get a good view of the Northern Lights. The Chanatika area gives a nice valley view as well. The lights are active during early mornings or late at night. February, March, September and October are the best times to go to Alaska if you want to have your much-needed Northern Light break.  

Scandinavian Tours

You can also travel abroad to see the famous Northern Lights. Northern Lights breaks in Scandinavia can last for three days up to a week at a time. Scandinavia offers the best seats for your viewing pleasure during the months of September through April. Plus, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy during the day, while you await the arrival of the brilliant Northern Lights at night.

Here are some of the places you can go to for your Northern Lights breaks:

  • Norway: The counties of Tromso and Finnmark allow tourists to see the Northern Lights every other night, as long as the sky is clear.
  • Sweden: Abisko has one of clearest skies in Europe. If you step outside your room at night, there is a big chance of seeing the Northern Lights. 
  • Iceland: Lake Myvatn is a highly recommended place for tourists to watch the Northern Lights display.
  • Finland: Luosto is one of the best places in Finland where you can see the Northern Lights.

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