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.
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.