Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
This is one of the most family-friendly Northern Lights destinations. With its optimal winter viewing time from September through to April, it’s the perfect Christmas opportunity to visit Santa. In Harriniva, elves welcome you to Santa’s cabin and days are spent on reindeer rides, the same steeds that can take you out on a lights safari.
There’s also excellent skiing as après entertainment includes outdoor hot tubs and jacuzzis, the perfect way to enjoy the lights show. This being Finland, there are also traditional saunas to enjoy as well. In terms of accommodation, custom-built glass igloos offer bedtime viewing under the stars from the comfort of your own bed.
Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway
Saving the best till last, Tromso is widely considered as the top place to see the Northern Lights. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the aurora are often at their most impressive and occur with relative regularity. The weather is also surprisingly good as the warm currents from the Gulf Stream foster an anomalously temperate climate. Although the lights, when they are at their most active, can be seen from the city, it’s sensible to head out of Tromso for the best viewing. There are multiple operators offering everything from four-wheel drive and snowmobile tours to dog sledding and hikes. As with the rest of Scandinavia, guides speak perfect English and are friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable.
You’ll also enjoy a lively atmosphere with the center featuring more pubs per capita than anywhere else in the country; it’s not hard to find yourself a cozy Norwegian tavern or beer hall serving some of the local craft brews. On top of this, the city is also the jumping off point for skiing holidays in the nearby Lyngen Alps or a cruise along the coast of Norway. On the latter, pass through plunging fjords and dramatic winter scenery with a good chance of the lights dancing above your head.
This article was developed in partnership with Best Served Scandinavia.