Northern Lights Holidays

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The Northern Lights feature on everyone's bucket list and we know where and how to experience this wonderful natural phenomenon

The Lights, also called the Aurora Borealis or Arctic Lights, have attracted a lot of well-deserved attention in the press lately and are forecast to be at their most wondrous over the next two winters.

As the last feeble solar rays leave the Arctic regions for just a few weeks every winter, the Northern Lights appear as an inspiring source of fantasy with their swirling and luminous effects. What looks like gigantic waves in yellow, green and scarlet, they appear in the winter darkness with a power that is breath-taking. The Northern Lights ignite vibrations in our fantasy while the sun and planets wander in known fixed orbits in the sky.

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The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere.

Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow.

On Svalbard, the blue phenomenon appears at the end of January, awakening all our senses after a long polar night. Being able to see the horizon and the blue mountainsides is a mystical sight, year after year.

On earth, the auroral signatures have probably changed a lot over thousands of years with the changing atmosphere and the changing strength and direction of the earth’s magnetic field. The auroral patterns also vary with the activity of the sun, as a result of the interaction of the solar wind and the earth’s atmosphere. In the north, the majestic green colours are found in the sky in the magnificent auroral night play while the surfaces are bright and covered in a blanket of snow and reflect almost all radiation from a low sun. At more Southern latitudes the surfaces are vegetated and a lush green, absorbing almost all solar radiation. The light in the south creates fiery dark red sunsets, short blue evenings and long black nights. The Arctic, however, is painted in pretty pastel colours by white and bright surfaces giving long light-blue evening hours and light-red sunsets.

The Arctic light inspires great art and gives us experiences of these eternal moments. Artists write and paint the light and tourists catch the eternity through photography and film.

In various countries, people have invented sayings for this magical light, namely in:

Sweden: “light of blood”

Estonia: “waves from a blood red sky or a sea of flames”

Finland: an old myth about a fox with a fur that sparkled as it ran through the forests

Greenland: the myth about the souls of the stillborn babies play ball with the skulls of the walrus of the afterbirth

Scotland “Lord Derwenwater’s light”

England: “the merry dancers”

Baltic Travel Company offers Northern Lights short breaks, Northern Lights Weekend breaks and lots of opportunities  to see them. Holidays to see the Northern Lights are available from October to April.  A Northern Lights itinerary is also available though both flights and accommodation are limited. Trips to see the Northern Lights are in high demand with travellers from around the world wishing to see this phenomenon and we would urge early booking.

An Arctic Cruise itinerary is also possible to view the Northern Lights from the waterside, seeing the Aurora reflected in the water. A Cruise to Northern Lights is also possible in, for example, Norway. A Cruise to see the Northern Lights is a truly amazing way of watching Aurora Borealis. If you decide to Cruise to the Northern Lights, you will for a big part of the winter see the sea frozen and possible need an icebreaker to get to your destination. Cruises to the Northern Lights are requested by a global audience and booking early is advisable.

If you use the Polar Express, you will even there see Northern Lights. A Northern Lights tour will include a number of chances to see the Lights and Northern Lights tours also give you the opportunity to see more of the surrounding areas in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Visit the Northern Lights in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland and Russia.

A Northern Lights itinerary is an exciting holiday for all ages and for the whole family.

Northern Lights flights fill up quickly, make sure you book early. Northern Lights Lapland, Northern Lights Tromso, Northern Lights Kiruna, Northern Lights Lofoten Islands, Northern Lights Vesteralen are all possible. Northern Light experiences are truly amazing.

 

 

 

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Holiday Packages

Arctic Highlights + Ice Hotel

This tour visits the Arctic capital, Tromso, and includes a breathtaking cruise along the Norwegian coast, a night at the Ice Hotel in Alta, and a chance to see the stunning Northern Lights, an experience of a lifetime.

Type: Winter Holiday | Northern Lights | Individual Tour | Tailor Made Holiday | Solo Traveller | Wedding
6 days / 5 nights
from £1,895 pp

Christmas Lights & Polar Nights

Take in the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg,  graced by festive decorations and nature's own wintry adornments, before exploring deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit of the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and returning to the magnificent capital of Moscow.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Train Journey | Luxury Holiday | Guided Tour | Gourmet Holiday | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
12 days / 11 nights
from £7,155 pp

Extreme Adventure Week

Have you already been through all possible combinations of short programs in Finnish Lapland? Are you still hungry for new experiences in the middle of the Lappish Fell scenery? This is surely the program for you! A snowmobile safari will take you further north to Kilpisjärvi, where the local people gather in spring time to enjoy the magnificent fell scenery under the sun.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Activity Holiday | Guided Tour | Christmas Holiday
7 days / 6 nights
£ TBA

Iceland Winter Explorer Fly-Drive

This winter self-drive allows you to explore all the natural sights of Iceland such as Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, volcanoes and Gullfoss Waterfall combined with the relaxed pace of life in the capital, Reykjavik.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Family Holiday | Fly-Drive | Solo Traveller
8 days/7 nights
from £715 pp

Lapland Symphony

During periods of winter, Lapland presents itself as sparkling clean white snowscapes with the glowing northern lights dancing through the dark skies. The silent and snowy nature can be reached in a moment on skis or snowshoes, in a sleigh pulled by huskies or reindeer, or for those after some real speed, one alternative is snowmobiling.

Type: Winter Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Tailor Made Holiday | Solo Traveller | New Year Break
6 days / 5 nights
from £1,525 pp

Lapland Winter Adventure

Finnish Lapland is a true winter wonderland. You will start your holiday in Levi, Finland's biggest ski resort, where you can enjoy 2 days of skiing. The second part of your tour will take place in Harriniva Holiday Centre, a family run business established in 1973. It provides cosy accommodation and unforgettable husky and snowmobile safari programs. 

Type: Winter Holiday | Activity Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Northern Lights | Family Holiday | Tailor Made Holiday | Solo Traveller | Country Holiday
7 days / 6 nights
from £1,845 pp

Lapland Winter Experience

Winter darkness is an ideal setting to see the magnificent Northern Lights dancing in the sky in Finnish Lapland. After an active day outdoors, there's nothing better than to relax at the hotel, try traditional Lappish cuisine and the Finnish sauna.

Type: Winter Holiday | Northern Lights | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Weekend Break | Tailor Made Holiday | Solo Traveller
5 days / 4 nights
from £775 pp

New Year in Reykjavik

New Year's Eve in Iceland is celebrated with a bang! The sky at midnight lights up with fireworks as the Icelanders enjoy the celebrations. New Year's Eve is enjoyed at the exclusive revolving Perlan Restaurant, which is situated above the geothermal hot water tanks and offers some of the best views of Reykjavik. At Midnight, we meet up with the locals to wish each other a happy New Year around one of the numerous bonfires lit all over the city.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | City Break | Family Holiday | Guided Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
4 days / 3 nights
from £865 pp

North Norway Winter Adventure

We welcome you to experience and explore a unique area with attractions such as the Northern Lights, the Hurtigruten cruise, sea eagles and breathtaking beauty on this North Norway holiday.

Type: Winter Holiday | Northern Lights | Individual Tour | Activity Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
7 days / 6 nights
from £1,295 pp

Northern Lights Around Iceland

Explore striking landscapes, young lava fields, roaring waterfalls, deep fjords, majestic glacial ice-caps, black lava sand beaches, basalt formation, volcanoes, hot springs in moonlike surroundings, iceberg lagoons and more. We travel to North, East and South Iceland in pursuit of the awe-inspiring, magical, breath-taking, spellbinding and mesmerising Northern Lights.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Activity Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Family Holiday | Individual Tour | Solo Traveller
8 days / 7 nights
From £1,425 pp

Northern Lights Explorer in Iceland 2014-2015

Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our Northern Lights Exploration Tour is designed to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast, the programme includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy – with 6 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights.

Type: Guided Tour | Winter Holiday | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Family Holiday | Solo Traveller
8 days / 7 nights
from £995 pp

Northern Lights in Style

The Northern Lights are one of nature’s greatest displays: a mysterious, multi-coloured show in which the night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow that twists and swirls like a heavenly lava lamp. Elusive and ethereal, it is one of the great, timeless thrills of travel; a beautiful, shifting dance of nocturnal rainbows that many viewers find a humbling and spiritually uplifting experience.

Type: Wedding | Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Activity Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Family Holiday | Guided Tour | Weekend Break
6 days / 5 nights
From £1605 pp

Northern Lights Norway Short Break

Take a memorable short break to Tromso, the centre of study for the Northern Lights. Tromso is the gateway to the Arctic, and the starting point of many historic North Pole expeditions. Tromso is home to one of Norway's major universities and a centre of culture and development, nestled between blue Fjords and snow covered mountains.

Type: Winter Holiday | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Family Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Weekend Break | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
4 days / 3 nights
from £585 pp

Northern Lights, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon

Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure, icy landscapes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. This unique island in the North Atlanti has extensive volcanic and geothermal activity. Geologically speaking, Iceland is one of the youngest countries in the world  since it only began to rise from the North Atlantic seabed about 25 million years ago. It is the product of ongoing volcanic eruptions.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Activity Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Family Holiday | Weekend Break | New Year Break | Christmas Holiday | Solo Traveller | Wedding
5 days / 4 nights
From £695 pp

Norway Arctic Adventure

Travel to the top of the World, Kirkenes, Norway, for an unforgettable adventure in the Arctic. This trip is packed with winter activities such as a Dog sledding and snow mobile safaris, ice fishing for some of the world’s largest King Crabs, admiring the Northern Lights and spending a night at the unique Snow Hotel.

Type: Winter Holiday | Activity Holiday | Northern Lights | Individual Tour | Weekend Break | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
5 days / 4 nights
from £1,665 pp

Polar Safari Adventure

This tour starts in Helsinki, the trendy capital of Finland and takes you North to Kemi, where you have the opportunity for a Cruise on an Icebreaker to experience the realities of Arctic life with ice. Kemi is known as the "city of snow" and is a seaport town close to the real Arctic. Continue further North to Lapland, for some Arctic fun in Rovaniemi. 

Type: Winter Holiday | Individual Tour | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Tailor Made Holiday | Train Journey | Solo Traveller | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break
6 days / 5 nights
from £1,185 pp

Powder Fun Finland

Finnish Lapland is a true winter wonderland. A big layer of fluffy white snow covers the landscape and makes trees; lakes and plains sparkle in the sunlight. This adventure tour will take you to this paradise and give you the opportunity to experience the powdery snow first hand.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Activity Holiday | Family Holiday | Country Holiday | Solo Traveller | Romantic/Honeymoon
7 days / 6 nights
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Sweden Ice Hotel Adventure

This trip combines a stay in the charming capital Stockholm, followed by an overnight train journey up North where you have the opportunity to enjoy an Arctic experience at Sweden's famous Ice Hotel. An absolutely outstanding experience people of all ages.

Type: Winter Holiday | Northern Lights | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Activity Holiday | Family Holiday | Christmas Holiday | Country Holiday | Tailor Made Holiday | Luxury Holiday | Weekend Break | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
6 days / 5 nights
from £1,225 pp

The Land of Northern Lights 2014-2015

This short getaway tour to Iceland gives you an insight to Iceland's nature and cultural life, staying 2 nights in Iceland's capital and 2 nights in a country hotel in South Iceland that is ideal for the search of the Northern Lights.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Guided Tour | Activity Holiday | City Break | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Weekend Break | Romantic/Honeymoon | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
5 days / 4 nights
from £615 pp

Winter Wonderland & Wellbeing

Relax and unwind at the unique Hotel Kalevala situated on the shores of Lake Lammasjärvi in Eastern Finland close to the Russian border. During your stay you will enjoy winter activities like husky safaris and snowmobiles and experience a real Finnish sauna.

Type: Winter Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Spa and Wellness Break | Activity Holiday | Tailor Made Holiday | Northern Lights
6 days / 5 nights
from £ 1,445 pp

Arctic Christmas

Why not spend a memorable Christmas in snowy Lapland. The Arctic atmosphere provides an enchanting backdrop for this magical time of year. Hotel Kalevala in Kajaani offers an authentic Christmas feeling – a landscape of snow, Finnish Christmas traditions and a traditional Christmas cuisine.

Type: Winter Holiday | Christmas Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Spa and Wellness Break | Northern Lights | Solo Traveller
7 days / 6 nights
from £1,345 pp

Arctic New Year's Eve Adventure

Spend an unforgettable New Year celebration in Kuhmo, with its breathtaking scenery and beautiful landscape, cherished by Finns and international visitors alike. Here you will find many exciting winter activities to try such as snowshoeing, ice-fishing, husky, reindeer or snowmobile safaris and of course skiing.

Type: Winter Holiday | New Year Break | Northern Lights | Solo Traveller
7 days / 6 nights
from £1,515 pp

Reykjavik Winter Fun

The Reykjavik winter fun package is filled with sightseeing programs and activities, with a lot of things to see and do in a short period of time. Explore Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, walk around the world-famous Geysir hot spring area, visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall and enjoy the excitement of Northern Lights hunting.

Type: Winter Holiday | City Break | Northern Lights | Weekend Break | Activity Holiday | Guided Tour | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Gourmet Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Tailor Made Holiday | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
4 days / 3 nights
from £505 pp

Ultimate Icelandic Winter Weekend

Isn’t it time to experience something unusual, something different, something very exotic? Go to Iceland for this activity weekend and make things happen for you! Walk on ice near wild volcanoes, enjoy a lobster soup under the Northern lights (weather dependant), go 4x4 river crossing, travel through Europe’s only desert and go wild with the Vikings.

Type: Winter Holiday | City Break | Weekend Break | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Guided Tour | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
5 days / 4 nights
from £1,015 pp

Winter & Northern Lights Photography 2014-2015

This tour is a perfect winter adventure for amateur photographers and nature lovers. You will go to exceptional places, where you'll have plenty of time to explore and photograph winter scenery, lava fields, volcano craters, hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, sea shores, mountains, lakes, fishing villages, farms, light houses and anything else that captures your fancy.

Type: Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Guided Tour | Activity Holiday | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Solo Traveller
8 days / 7 nights
from £1,225 pp

Winter Activity Weekend in Reykjavik

What about a weekend full of action - walking on ice close to the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier, an awesome ATV adventure, exploring a lava cave, snowmobiling on one of Europe’s largest glaciers and bathing in the mineral rich waters of the Blue Lagoon? Explore many of Iceland’s most beautiful natural sights on this tour.

Type: Winter Holiday | City Break | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Guided Tour | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Weekend Break | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break
5 days / 4 nights
from £1,075 pp

Reykjavik City Breaks

Reykjavik is an inviting and intriguing city. The Icelandic capital is surrounded by a fairytale-like countryside of volcanos, geysers and waterfalls which add to the amount of activities offered to visitors incl. seeing Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun.

Enjoy a shoppingtrip in Reykjavik, going through nifty crafts shops along with Nordic designer stores. A trip to the Blue Lagoon, The Pearl, Videy Island and Whale Watching are some of the must-dos as well.

Type: City Break | Weekend Break | Individual Tour | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Summer holiday | Winter Holiday | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Gourmet Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Spa and Wellness Break | Tailor Made Holiday | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
4 days / 3 nights or more
from £415 pp

Nature & Northern Lights Short Break in Iceland

Experience the best that Iceland’s nature has to offer and find yourself being an adventurer and an explorer during the fascinating Nordic wintertime. The hot springs, spouting geysers, powerful waterfalls, glittering glaciers, black lava beaches, soothing Blue Lagoon and dancing Northern Lights are all great reasons for visiting Iceland in the winter.

Type: Winter Holiday | City Break | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Guided Tour | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Family Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Weekend Break | Solo Traveller
5 days / 4 nights
from £625 pp

Classic Norway Cruise

This Norwegian fjord cruise will have you spending six nights traveling north from Bergen, all the way to Kirkenes, before returning to the south. Calling at 34 ports along the way, you will get to know the very best of the dramatic Norwegian coastline. Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and a great range of excursions during this Hurtigruten cruise.

Type: Cruise | Individual Tour | Summer holiday | Luxury Holiday | Guided Tour | Coastal Holiday | Family Holiday | Romantic/Honeymoon | Tailor Made Holiday | Northern Lights | Winter Holiday | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
12 days / 11 nights
from £1,735 pp

Iceland in a Nutshell

Iceland in a Nutshell is the perfect way to get acquanited with the spectactular nature of the island over a long weekend.  Stay in charming Reykjavik and take daily excursions to the Blue Lagoon and some of the world's most amazing geysers and waterfalls.

Type: City Break | Family Holiday | Weekend Break | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Summer holiday | Winter Holiday | Guided Tour | Coastal Holiday | Country Holiday | Individual Tour | Romantic/Honeymoon | Spa and Wellness Break | Tailor Made Holiday | Christmas Holiday | New Year Break | Solo Traveller
4 days / 3 nights
from £545 pp

Arctic Combo

This tour provides an opportunity for a comprehensive Arctic holiday. Your tour starts in Tromso, a great place to see the Northern Lights. Your journey continues by Hurtigruten, the famous Norwegian coastal cruise line, to Kirkenes where you will stay overnight in the Snow Hotel. On the route you will also stop at the North Cape. 

Type: Winter Holiday | Cruise | Northern Lights | Activity Holiday | Individual Tour | Christmas Holiday | Solo Traveller
7 days / 6 nights
from £2,195 pp