The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon that can paint the night sky with unearthly, surreal color. The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. Auroral displays appear in many colors. Although pale green and pink are the most common, shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have also been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. The Northern Lights usually circle the globe in a circular or elliptical "oval" centered on the earth's North Magnetic Pole. The area of greatest auroral activity is usually right under the auroral oval, which changes dynamically according to how the solar wind is flowing on any particular night. The auroral oval, meaning the area with the highest probability of seeing the northern lights, covers most of Alaska, northern parts of Canada, the southern half of Greenland, Iceland, Northern Norway, Sweden and Finland. As well as the western half of the Russian north. These are the most common destinations that draw travelers from all over in hopes of spotting the mystical dancing lights that are high priority on many "bucket lists". Norway is one of the most popular destinations for seeking a view of the famous dancing lights, and there are several tour options here to give you the best opportunity to spot them.
Norway: The Northern Lights
Start and end your tour in Dublin with 7 days taking you through Dublin, Ireland and 2 other destinations in Europe. Tour includes accommodation in a hotel, an expert guide, meals, transport, and more. Once you've booked the suggested flights from Dublin, you will meet your guide at Dublin airport before flying to Oslo. There is lots to do in Oslo and your guide will talk you through on what to do and see during your time there. Oslo is a growing metropolis of more than half a million people, whose gleaming, glass-and-steel skyline and ultra-modern shopping centers form a fascinating juxtaposition with wide avenues and stunning late 19th- and early 20th-century Neoclassical architecture. Oslo also has vast forested areas, public parks, botanical gardens, and network of pathways, which traverse the mountains on which the city was built - a true nature lover's city, if ever there was one. Fly to the much anticipated town of Kirkenes in the arctic circle with enough time for a stroll around the town before. Your guide will take you on an introductory hike up a local hill with views over the Russian border and down across this stark landscape. Have the option to go on a 'Fat Bike' adventure to the Russian Border and chat to the Russian border guards. Take an amazing husky dog safari across mixed terrain through forest, valleys, and on frozen lakes. Visit the world famous Ice Hotel. Have the option to take an exhilarating ride on powerful snow mobiles across lakes and forests, a fantastic experience. Go on a king crab safari experience in a frozen wonderland where you may get the opportunity to see some local sea eagles. Camp on a frozen lake and enjoy one of the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights in all its glory. Be a real Norwegian with a guided snowshoe walk. Each night presents an opportunity for seeing the dancing light show. End your tour back in Dublin with memories to last a lifetime.
The Northern Lights and Dog Sledding in Tromso, Norway
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This tour starts and ends in Tromso and gives you a 4 day tour package taking you through Tromso, Norway with accommodation in a hotel, an expert guide, and transport all included. If you've been dreaming of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights, this is the perfect Solo Travelers trip for you. On this magical trip to Tromso, Northern Norway, you can enjoy activities such as dog sledding, whale watching, and cross country skiing. The trip also includes an interesting city tour of Tromso itself, and of course, a chance to marvel at the incredible Aurora Borealis on the Northern Lights tour. Go for a Northern Lights Safari, in search of the natural light show. Choose to participate in the additional tour option and learn to drive a dog sled by yourselves through beautiful white landscapes, surrounded by mountains and some very friendly huskies. Enjoy these cold-weather activities that can't be had just anywhere, and with a little luck, get the dazzling show of a lifetime on this 4 day adventure.