Want a holiday with a difference? Try heading north


Forget the poolside lounging or getting ridiculously sandy on the local beach, because if you fancy a break that is worlds apart from the usual sunny holidays then how about a trip to see the magical northern lights?

When it comes to sorting out what to do during that hard-earned holiday time away from work, not everyone enjoys the same destinations or activities. Getting bored by the pool or trying to avoid getting sand in your sandwiches isn't for everyone. This is why we are now seeing a range of different holidays that are fast becoming popular, like the exciting trips to see the northern lights.

What can I expect?

There are many stories and myths behind the Aurora Borealis, as the northern lights are formally known, but the truth is this magical sky display is completely natural. During the night solar wind particles are blown into the air colliding with air molecules in the atmosphere. This clash of particles forms a natural energy that is seen as colourful lights. The lights that appear can be a variety of colours but it is worth remembering that going on northern lights holidays doesn't guarantee that the lights will be seen, however there are plenty of great locations where, if the conditions are right, you should be able to get a good view.



Where do I go to see them?

A northern lights holiday lets you choose from a number of amazing locations, including Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway and even Canada. All of these destinations make fantastic choices, with each one offering a completely unique experience in itself. Popular locations include Abisko National Park in Sweden, Tromso in Norway or Kakslanttanen in Finland.

What else can we do?

The great thing about a northern lights holiday is that there is also plenty to do to fill your days, with activities to amuse all ages and abilities. From scenic coastal cruises, husky sledging and snow mobile riding to walking, sightseeing or taking a reindeer sleigh ride, you will never be short of new experiences to get involved in. Alternatively, you could just relax at your hotel and wait for the sun to dim so you can either head out on a northern lights spotting expedition or simply wander up to your hotels sky viewing area to enjoy the natural show.

What should I stay?

Depending on the destination that you choose you will probably find that the range of accommodation available to you will offer you a unique experience in itself. The range of locations and holiday options available from specialist holiday agents Arctic Direct for example, lets you choose from some really alternative accommodation styles to suit every budget. You could experience a stunning ice hotel or get cosy in a specially designed glass igloo that lets you literally sleep under the skies. Or why not enjoy your own space in a log cabin or share the trip with friends in a spacious mountain lodge. The choice really is yours.


The Author is a travel expert who enjoys a holiday that is different from the norm, like the northern delights range of breaks available from companies such as Arctic Direct. She regularly shares her experiences by writing for a number of travel websites and blogs.