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Four of the best ways to see the Northern Lights this winter

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7 April 2017

The Northern Lights – a magical display of dancing illuminations – are one of nature’s greatest displays and a prime reason to fly north to the Arctic for a winter break. A must for any bucket list, this year we have handpicked four of the best itineraries to Norway, Finland and Sweden. Interested? Don't wait to book, as these destinations are always in high demand. 

Best for a whistle-stop tour: Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

If time is of the essence, this whistle-stop trip to Norway is the perfect holiday to experience a taste of the Arctic. Spending two days in Tromso travellers will have the chance to enjoy the city’s vibrant culture and explore its dramatic scenery whilst trying a range of winter activities including a snowmobile safari and Sami cultural tours. The evenings will be spent with an expert local guide at one of the four base stations in search of the spectacular Northern Lights. Explore this holiday

Best for an adventure by sea: Journey to the Northern Lights, Norway

Explore the Arctic by sea and land during this weeklong tour. After a morning exploring Trondheim’s historic sites including Nidaros Cathedral - the world’s northernmost Gothic Cathedral - embark the Hurtigruten cruise ship to spend a night crossing the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands. On route venture through some of Norway’s narrow fjords before disembarking in Nusfjord, the country’s oldest and best-preserved fishing village. After a day at leisure enjoying in the spectacular scenery, head back to the ship to journey to Tromso. Here travellers will have the chance to try a number of winter excursions from Northern Lights hunts to snowmobiling and husky safaris. Explore this holiday

Best for sleeping under the stars: Glass Igloos & Northern Lights, Finland

Experience the beauty and serenity of the wilderness on this five-day escape to Finland. Travellers will spend the first night at the glass-ceilinged igloo in Levin Iglut, enjoying uninterrupted views of the surrounding fells and with the chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. From there swap the igloo for a cosy log cabin just a short walk from Lake Äkäslompolo. By day guests can try a range of activities from cross-country skiing and a husky safari to a wilderness cooking experience. By night relax and unwind in the hotel’s sauna and hot tub before enjoying traditional Finnish cuisine at the hotel’s Sami Lavvu restaurant. Explore this holiday

Best for quirky accommodation: Highlights of Swedish Lapland

Travellers looking for an adventure staying in some unusual accommodation will love this seven-day itinerary to Swedish Lapland. Begin at Treehotel, home to individually themed treehouses including the Mirror Cube, the Bird’s Nest and the UFO. From there, head to Kiruna to stay in the world-renowned ICEHOTEL and spend the first night in one of the hotel's ice rooms. With a temperature of around minus five degrees. Guests sleep on a bed made of ice and snow with a thick mattress of insulating reindeer hides and a cosy ultra-warm sleeping bag, all to ensure a great night’s sleep. The next two nights will be spent in a warm and comfortable cabin room with a fresh Scandinavian design. Along the way enjoy a variety of additional activities including husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris as well as the chance to try ice sculpting. Explore this holiday

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Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø, Norway

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Contemporary hotel

This sleek, modern hotel occupies a prime spot right on Tromso's waterfront with superb views overlooking the city centre and out towards the Arctic Cathedral and mountains in the distance.

Northern Lights, Tromso, Norway

Havila Voyages: classic winter round-trip

14-day coastal cruise from £2,825 pp incl. flights

Experience the very best of coastal Norway in winter on this round-trip voyage from Bergen. You'll enjoy a carefully selected range of optional excursions and a host of onboard comforts, from authentic dining to spacious cabins.

Log Cabin at Arctic Retreat

Arctic Retreat, Swedish Lapland

Small & intimate lodge

Tucked away in the depths of Swedish Lapland overlooking the scenic Råne river, Arctic Retreat is a cluster of traditional timber cabins, and boasts a wide range of thrilling private excursions and activities.

Arctic Retreat, Swedish Lapland

Winter Adventure at Arctic Retreat

4-day tailor-made break from £3,795 pp incl. flights

Hidden among the frozen forests of northern Sweden, you'll stay in your very own luxurious log cabin, complete with hot tub, fire pit and hopefully floor to ceiling views of the Northern Lights.

Syv Søstre, Havila Voyages

Northern Lights Cruise & Snowhotel Kirkenes

5-day tailor-made holiday from £1,660 pp incl. flights

Tick two off the bucket list on this superb winter itinerary as you pair a Northern Lights cruise along Norway's spectacular coast with a stay in one of Scandinavia’s iconic snow hotels.

Northern Lights, Luleå

Northern Lights City Break in Luleå

4-day tailor-made break from £855 pp

This is the perfect itinerary for those who want to experience the best of both worlds, combining the Lappish wilderness with a stylish city break in charming Luleå.

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