Northern Lights Holidays to Senja

Senja is Norway's second largest island and is known not only for its Northern Lights potential, but also for being one of the region's most idyllic spots with a beautiful and rich natural landscape. Here you can enjoy sea and land-based Arctic activities by day and keep watch for the Northern Lights by night, all against a backdrop of fairytale-like fjords and idyllic fishing villages.

The island is known locally as 'Norway in miniature' as visitors to the island will no doubt appreciate when they look upon the rich and contrasting scenery which includes rugged mountains, white beaches, open seas and rivers. All kind of stunning scenery is displayed here alongside, of course, the towering beauty of the fjords which dominate the landscape.

The island community has been shaped by the rich fishing life of the seas here and scattered amongst the fjord scenery you will find an array of fishing hamlets and village that grew up alongside the fishing economy. These tiny villages are full of brightly coloured houses that make for a charmingly picturesque sight.

As well as the rich fishing life, there is range of wildlife on the island. Senja is known as one of the best places in Norway to observe the white-tailed eagle and the herring-filled seas attract seals and porpoises at certain times of year which can be seen on boat trips which operate around the island.

The weather here is less hospitable and warmer than other locations in the Arctic. Whilst the weather can be quite changeable, the prevailing Gulf Stream makes for a milder climate than other locations of similar latitude and temperatures rarely drop into the minus figures.

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Given its location high above the Arctic Circle, Senja is also renowned for its wonderful Northern Lights potential and when the sky is clear and the solar activity is high, you will be able to see the Aurora stretching over the mountains and fjord – a truly breathtaking sight. The island has some wonderful vantage points, including a Northern Lights Lighthouse, offering panoramic views of the skies and surrounding scenery.

A trip to Senja will no doubt be a magical experience. Indeed, few places can offer such a wonderful combination of scenery, Arctic activities, and extraordinary Aurora displays.

Image credits: Hamn I Senja

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The Aurora Zone was born out of our love of all things wintery. We were already regular visitors to the likes of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland thanks to a fascination with winter activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling and the Scandinavian way of life. Many of our visits coincided with sightings of the Northern Lights and The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with as many people as possible. We have all been held in the Aurora’s thrall and our mission is to do our very best to ensure that our clients can experience that magical moment on their Northern Lights holiday.

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