- Anyone been on a holiday to see the northern lights?
Looking into this for next year myself as a poorly-concealed surprise for the missus, Tromsoe seems to be one of the best bets although it’s quite near the coast (more risk of cloud) and not the easiest to get to, nor the cheapest once you’re there.
From my limited research going when there’s a new moon apparently maximises your chances of a decent viewing. 2012 is supposed to be forecast a good year for seeing them.
If you’re going to Iceland best bet is supposed to be Akureyri in the north, Reykjavik’s weather is usually unpredictable. We’ve been a few times now and never seen the northern lights either in Reykjavik or out in the sticks.Posted 6 years agogbichanSubscriber
I live in Orkney so am fortunate enough to see them fairly regularly. As has been said its difficult to guarantee a viewing. It’s Sods law that when the solar conditions are right the weather will be overcast! But when they’re putting on a real show you know why they’re called the merry dancers, it really is something to see. Getting really far north for an even better show would be well worth the effort IMHO. It’s something I plan to do myself (as soon as I convince the wife!).Posted 6 years agoCountZeroMember
I consider myself fortunate indeed for having seen the Aurora, and I was only about fourteen miles from home, in North Wiltshire. About 1-1.30 in the morning, on the way back from Basinstoke with a mate after seeing our g/f’s at the hospital. (Trainee nurses). Saw something odd out of the window and pulled over not far from Avebury. Mate asks what’s up, so I tell him to get out of the car quick and tell me if he’s seeing what I’m seeing. We stood there for around fifteen minutes gawping like idiots until the lights gradually faded away. Truly magical and genuinely awe-inspiring sight. It’s worth making the effort and hoping; if you do see them it will stay with you for the rest of your life.Posted 6 years ago
I’ve seen them about half a dozen times. Ullapool one New Years Eve, Achmelvich, Braemar (I was camping and was woken up by the voices of other campers), Aviemore (on the way down the A9 one night and was originally convinced it was a forest fire – could still see them all the way back to Fife) and once from home in Balerno.Posted 6 years agodave_rudabarMember
I went to a winter lodge hotel in Kaaresuvanto, Finland, for a week.Posted 6 years ago
Location was ok, on the Swedish border but a bit too isolated for a week – did snow mobiles, a couple of husky trips, reindeer sleds, ice fishing, etc. Was my 30th and my GF didn’t realise it was in the middle of nowhere + expected more to be included with what she’d booked. My credit card had to come out twice & cost me £1k to do all the stuff I wanted to – not like I was going to be able to go again afterall so made the most of it!
Loved it but sadly didn’t get to see the lights – that month was pretty much cloud cover all the time.
Tromso looks like a cool place to be based at though.jamiec360Member
Went to Finland skiing in place called Ruka went on overnight snowmobile trip up over the arctic circle and got to see them, absolutely amazing. Genuine awe inspiring moment.
Decent skiing for a beginner (like me) up there too but the best were the other things we managed to do. Thought I would love snowmobiling but actually it’s better than I ever thought it would be, however dog sledding with Huskies is even better than that so want my own racing pack now 😀Posted 6 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
We stayed in northern Finland over millenium New Year, a chalet way up inside the Arctic Circle. Stunning place but very remote!
On the plus side there was zero light pollution and we had an incredible display on New Years Day. Lying on our backs in the snow, it was about -30 deg C, absolutely crystal clear sky and the northern lights filled the sky from horizon to right above us with a 120deg panorama of colour. Greens, blues, pinks, it was just beautiful.
And unbelievably **** cold.Posted 6 years ago
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