A Foolproof Guide to Seeing the Northern Lights

A Foolproof Guide to Seeing the Northern Lights

most spectacular light show is both unreliable and
unpredictable, making it one of the most sought-after travel
experiences out there. Follow our guide for the best chance of
catching a sighting.

Under the stars in Finnish Lapland


Guests at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort can
watch the Northern Lights from inside a glass igloo. The windows
have been designed to prevent frosting over or steaming up,
ensuring that you have a crystal-clear view. As winter descends and
outside temperatures drop to a bone-chilling minus 40 degrees,
choose to cosy up in a traditional snow igloo where the inside
temperature is a cool minus three.

Snowmobiling in Canada


Far away from light pollution, hidden in Canada’s northern
wilderness is a serene mountain lodge only accessible by float
plane. Take an exhilarating snowmobile journey across the ice ridge
of the Great Slave Lake, where the pristine landscape lends itself
to some of the brightest Aurora Borealis viewing around.
Afterwards, head back to Blachford Lake Lodge for a dip
in the outdoor hot tub, where you’re likely to catch a second

At 35,000ft in the UK


Join a team of expert astronomers on an Aurora Flight departing from London and Manchester.
Eliminating the chance of rain and cloud – two of the most common
factors that can spoil a land-based sighting – you’ll cruise at
35,000ft above the earth’s weather systems. Chase the lights way up
north near the Shetland Islands as your flight cabin is sunk into
darkness, leaving only vivid greens and purples streaking across
the sky.

On a city break in Reykjavik


With landscapes akin to Games of Thrones film sets, Iceland’s
terrain is gobsmacking as it is. Numerous companies offer group
tours direct from the Reykjavik, but for small groups Gateway to Iceland’s enthusiastic
trip leaders are the best there are. Base yourself at the
design-led Ion City Hotel and stay in their
luxurious junior suite, which has a private sauna on the balcony
overlooking the capital.

Go it alone in the Finnish wilderness: Apukka Resort

Scan the sky from your sauna on skis as, aside from the
cosy-cabins and ice-carved bedrooms, this unique Lapland resort offers a
clear-roofed wagon that can be driven to the remote Finnish
wilderness to search for the lights. You’ll go deep into the forest
first thing in the morning, giving you complete privacy on your
light hunt.

Set your Aurora Alarm in Luosto


Ignore the temptation to hit snooze as your “Aurora Alarm” beeps
at the first sight of the lights. The nearby Northern Lights
Research Centre, situated in the town of Sodanklya, alerts the
Aurora Chalet of sightings,
almost guaranteeing a glimpse. On cloudless nights, sleep in a
panoramic glass igloo, which blends beautifully with the pale,
Arctic landscape.

Go off grid in Åre


Pull on your snowshoes and plough through snow-laden firs as you
set across Sweden’s largest ski resort, where the lights season
starts as early as August.
Take a break from the hunt and join Wildspirit Bushcraft duo Claire
and Richard, who have lived off-grid mountainside with their pack
of huskies for five years.

Enjoy from bubbling Alaskan hot springs


Settle in for a soak in Chena Hot Spring Resort
geothermal waters, hot tubs and natural-rock lake and gaze
skywards. The rustic lodge allows for optimum Alaskan Aurora
viewing due to its isolated location. Standout activities also
include dogsledding, snowmobiling and their popular snow-coach tour
where you’ll be driven to a deserted hilltop yurt with a 360-degree