Northern Lights Holidays to Norway
Norway is a country of almost unbelievable natural beauty - from its fairy-tale like fjords to its glacier plateaus, to its incredible mountain backdrops which lead to it being one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Aside from this natural scenery, its towns and cities also have so much to offer visitors. The northerly city of Tromsø offers internationally renowned restaurants and hotels, alongside shops, museums and galleries. Whilst smaller northerly towns such as Alta and Kirkenes may look fairly nondescript from the outside they offer their own unique history and culture as towns that have flourished at the very edge of mainland Europe. These towns have the added bonus of having Arctic wilderness at their doorstep, offering everything from husky sledding to cross-country skiing to a night in an ice igloo.
One of the main draws of Norway is, of course, its Northern Lights potential and the locations we offer have been carefully designed to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Norway as well as showcasing some of the best natural wonders.
The first of these locations is Senja, Norway's second largest island which offers a landscape renowned for its idyllic beauty. The accommodation we offer here sits directly on the harbour front of a fjord and at night, should the Aurora make itself known, veils of light are shown above the mountains and reflected in the waters of the fjord below – a truly breathtaking sight. Senja is also a spot known for its wildlife, from the fish-filled water to the sea eagles and the whales and dolphins that are seen here at certain times of the season.
The city of Alta is known for its Northern Lights too, so much so that one of the first Northern Lights observatories was constructed here in the 19th Century. Today people visit here for the up and coming restaurants, shops and museums whilst taking advantage of the surrounding wilderness to perhaps try husky sledding or snowmobiling or spend a night in the quirky surrounding of Sorrisniva Igloo hotel. All this of course whilst keeping watch on the sky should the Aurora display itself.
Kirkenes has the similar charms of Alta and has the feel of a frontier town residing not far from the border of Russia. Visitors here can enjoy the mixture of cultures as well as perhaps participating in a king crab activity. These huge crustaceans have flourished here and guests can enjoy a range of fishing expeditions and safaris to catch them and enjoy their world renowned flavour. Given Kirkenes's location around 70 degrees north of the Arctic Circle, you stand more than a good chance of seeing the lights from here and activities to seek out these lights via snowmobile or snowshoe can be arranged.
For those who wish to make the most of the fjords of Norway, our trip to Malangen features accommodation directly on the water's edge with the majestic mountains as the backdrop. Malangen is a much sought after destination within Norway not only for its tranquil setting but also Northern Lights potential and accessible array of Arctic activities.
Overall, Norway is the perfect location for those who are in need of some truly once in a lifetime scenery, along with perfect Northern Lights potential and the chance to enjoy the best Arctic activities on offer.
Image credits: Kirkenes Snowhotel & Hamn i Senja, Bjørn Jørgensen, Innovation Norway and Visit Norway
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