Northern Lights Holidays in Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden

Northern Lights at MenesjarviOnce seen, never forgotten. The Northern Lights dance in the night skies above northerly regions around the world. The colourful light show can be seen on clear winter nights between September and March. Our destinations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland offer the best conditions for viewing the Northern Lights possible. We’re ready to help you on your way.

The team at Magnetic North Travel spends many weeks visiting and researching great accommodation, fantastic activity providers and the practicalities of travelling throughout the region.Many of the owners and hosts we call friends.

Northern Lights at Kattfjord Norway (Gaute Bruvik)We have a wealth of short break ideas with flexible and fixed departure dates as well as a huge stock of knowledge to create a tailored holiday or honeymoon programme. Both options offer you the best value for your budget as you’ll pick and choose the elements that are right for you. 

In our experience the best Northern Lights holidays make the most of what each destination offers – by day and night. Whether it is the local food and heritage or the vast range of outdoor adventures, we’ll be on hand to guide you through the options available for your preferred travel dates and group size. Get in touch with us to find out more and to book your holiday.

Autumn – September to November

Increasingly, our clients are looking to experience the Aurora Borealis during the autumn months from September to the end of November.  Travelling at this time gives you a wonderful chance to enjoy the changing Arctic scenery as the ice freezes, the first snows arrive and the wildlife slowly hunkers down for winter. Our autumn programmes are a stunning way to search for the Northern Lights at a peaceful and relaxed pace. You can search for a selection of autumn trip ideas at this link or get in touch with us for inspiration.

Winter – December to April 

As the snow fall gathers pace, the excitement builds in all of our Northern Lights destinations throughout Scandinavia. As the husky dogs eagerly await the onset of winter, our guests arrive full of anticipation for a wintry wonderland and the possibility of catching a glimpse of those wonderful wisps of colour in the night sky. We have a bewildering amount of holiday options to choose from which is why our clients often get in touch with us for some advice about the best trip for them. We’re passionate about Scandinavia, and happy to guide each and every client from start to finish. We can combine your Northern Lights holiday with other activities like snow-shoeing, husky dog sledding, skiing, snow mobileing and ice fishing.

You will enjoy a dedicated and attentive service from the moment you get in touch to the end of your trip. We’ll be happy to send you inspiration and ideas for your holiday or to chat through the options with you. 

Tailor made Northern Lights Holidays

Tailor made brochureWe have found that many clients enjoy the freedom of tailoring their holiday to their exacting requirements and budget no matter how long or short their stay. The value we offer is unparalleled since our depth of knowledge and speed of service continually set us apart. You can download our Tailor Made brochure at this link which includes some of our most successful and unique holiday ideas throughout Scandinavia, the majority of which are in prime locations for viewing the Northern Lights. So whatever your group size and budget, we’re confident that we’ll be able to design your perfect itinerary with or without flights. We also have an extensive honeymoon programme and dedicated consultant on hand to guide you (contact Laura here).

Short breaks

Northern Lights Short Breaks

If you are short on time but looking for a big adventure, our trips of three or four nights may be right for you. At this link you’ll find some suggestions for short breaks throughout Scandinavia, some of which you can check for availability and book online. Click here to find out more.

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Often clients are unsure about which country to travel to in their quest to view the Aurora Borealis. Here we offer a brief summary of each destination and some links to a selection of our best selling trips. 

The glass igloo at Kakslauttanen Resort in Finland

Why Finland? Cosy log cabins, a warm welcome and budget friendly options characterise our Aurora holidays in Finland. A luxury log cabin tucked away in the forest with a bubbling hot tub is a hit with honeymooners and couples in love. Meanwhile just a few miles down the road (and through the forest), the success of our short break at Menesjarvi is down to one lady and her husband who continually win the hearts of all our clients who have visited - young and old alike (thank you Anne). Finland at its best. Search for Northern Lights holidays in Finland

Lyngen Lodge in Norway

Why Norway? Where to start. We’re in love with the Norwegian way of life. Their relaxed attitude and respect for nature are important elements that can have a positive influence on our holidays here. The standard of food in restaurants and hotels is gaining momentum as is the rise of Nordic cuisine. So Norway can be a treat for foodies. The restaurant at the Alta Igloo ice hotel is one such destination home to a very talented chef. On the other side of the Alps, Lyngen Lodge is a cosy option in high demand. Its high standard of accommodation, wonderful setting and great food is hard to beat in our opinion. Search for Northern Lights holidays in Norway

The tree hotel in Sweden

Why Sweden? Always the innovators, the Swedes have been the ones to try new ways to welcome guests whether in the icy cold walls of the Ice Hotel or suspended from the trees at Lulea’s Tree Hotel (pictured right). Their passion for the outdoors is palpable and offers some fantastic wilderness experiences in all of our destinations throughout Northern Sweden. The Abisko Sky Station has become a popular hub for Northern Lights chasers and we've put together holidays that combine Abisko with other locations in Arctic Sweden and across the border to Norway and Finland. Search for Northern Lights holidays in Sweden

Hotel Ranga in Iceland

Why Iceland? A geologist’s paradise, Iceland is like nowhere else on earth. If you’re looking for wild and rugged terrain and a certain element of the unknown, Iceland could be for you. We’ll help you to venture off the beaten track and meet some amazing characters along the way.  It’s also a great destination for a short break with good flight connections and a popular spa break to keep all members of the family happy. Search for Northern Lights holidays in Iceland

We believe there's a perfect holiday for everyone. So we'll help decide what's best for you. Just get in touch by calling +44 (0) 845 5195 242 or click here to send us an email

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“The aurora borealis sends its flashes and streamers of light high up towards the zenith, and there are days when the electric storm culminates in a corona of gorgeous colour, presenting a spectacle never to be forgotten. I have travelled in many lands and within the tropics, but I have never seen such glorious nights as those of winter in ‘the land of the Midnight Sun.’”

Paul B. Du Chaillu, 1899


Northern Lights holidays and honeymoons in Scandinavia (Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden). Destinations include: Tromso, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Lyngen, Alta, Kirkenes, Karasjok, Kautokeino, Lofoten Islands, Ivalo, Kakslauttanen, Saariselka, Inari, Oulu, Kittilla, Kammi, Rovaniemi, Helsinki, Kiruna, Lulea, Abisko, Reykjavik, Hofn, Lapland. Accommodation options include cabins, hotels, and quirky accommodation options such as ice hotels and tree hotels. Search for the Aurora Borealis with Magnetic North Travel. 


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