Great Ways to See the Aurora

Thursday, 13th August 2015

Destination Specialist

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In recent years, the aurora borealis has become a bucket-list essential for many. And, as sightings can never be guaranteed – even when conditions are perfect – combining your search for the northern lights with another must-do experience is a great way to make the most out of your winter escape.

Read on for a selection of our favourite ways to see the aurora…

Wildlife and Aurora

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Whale Watching

What better way to spend your days in enchanting Iceland or Norway, than by getting up-close to orca, humpback, fin and sperm whales with expert guides! The perfect choice for cetacean fans, immerse yourself in the fascinating world of whales, followed by an evening searching for the spectacular phenomena that is the aurora borealis.


Specialist night-sky viewing

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Aurora Sky Station, Abisko National Park

Brave the thrilling chairlift right to the Aurora Sky Station and we’re sure it will be the highlight of your journey through Swedish Lapland! Once you’re at the top, stop and spend a moment to take in the sheer beauty of your surroundings on the large outside deck, or head inside to sit by the log fire. You can even book a 4-course dinner at the summit for the ultimate experience of Swedish cuisine and decadent views.

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Enchanting experiences both inside and out

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Unique properties in Swedish Lapland

The world-famous Icehotel – the original hotel – made of ice is on many a discerning traveller’s bucket list. Constructed entirely of ice each year, and located in the heart of Swedish Lapland – staying here is truly an incredible experience. A stay at the Icehotel gives you the chance to see the northern lights, whilst enjoying the hotel’s fantastic facilities such as a spectacular Icebar, a fine restaurant and a host of winter activities. Make the most of your time here with a direct flight from the UK – exclusive to Discover the World.

A truly magical place to spot the northern lights, Sweden’s Treehotel features a collection of unique ‘rooms’ set within the verdant forest – giving you the feeling that you’re staying in a ‘grown-up treehouse’ with incredibly chic interiors. Unique room types include Mirror Cube (pictured), UFO, The Blue Cone and The Dragonfly.

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Icelandic Style

A perfect choice for spotting the aurora, Hotel Ranga is a one of Iceland’s finest hotels offering ranch-style luxury in the heart of the Icelandic countryside, close to two popular waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. The real highlight of your stay here is the outdoor hot tubs that make a wonderful spot for aurora seeking. If you want to chase the aurora in style, you could book a table at gourmet Restaurant 4 which features panoramic views – or to really bring the sky to life, head to the roll-off roof observatory for uninterrupted views of the night sky.

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It's all about the journey

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By Sea

Travel between Bergen and Kirkenes on the Hurtigruten and experience a northern lights ‘alert system’ on board, meaning you won’t miss out on the phenomena, and the views from the sea are phenomenal.

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By Rail

Sit back, relax and take in your surrounding wilderness on the Alaska Railroad Adventure – a superb alternative to self-drive touring, on the legendary Alaska Railroad. This combination of rail and road travel also gives you the opportunity to see magical northern lights.

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