Off the Beaten Track: Arctic Expeditions - Seeing the Northern Lights
Explore an icy wonderworld like no other and experience one of nature’s most spectacular shows with an Arctic/Northern Lights cruise adventure. Sailing to some of the most remote areas on earth, you’ll enjoy a journey of expedition and no doubt tick off many travel bucket list musts. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the itineraries that capture the magic of this exciting destination and beautiful natural wonder.
The Northern Lights
The bright shimmering lights of Aurora Borealis appear in a variety of colours, including shades of green, pink, yellow, purple and blue. Caused by colliding electrically charged particles from the sun in the earth’s atmosphere, the Northern Lights are often sighted in north-western Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland and Norway. The best time of year to see Aurora Borealis is during the northern hemisphere’s winter season, when there are long periods of darkness and clear nights.
On Hurtigruten’s 12-day Classic Round Voyage, passengers are guaranteed to see Aurorea Borealis. The cruise line is so serious about ensuring that guests experience this dazzling lightshow that it promises passengers another six or seven day Classic voyage free of charge if they don’t see the lights at least once on their trip. Travelling along Norway’s coastline, this incredible itinerary offers passengers the chance to immerse themselves in the country’s fascinating culture, customs and landscapes.
Passengers embarking on the exciting 12-night Norway and Northern Lights voyage with P&O Cruises will unearth the delights of this Scandinavian nation. Departing from Southampton, the cruise visits Adalsnes, Romsdalsfjord, Tromso, Alta and Stavanger. The Alpine town of Adalsnes is surrounded by majestic mountainous scenery, while Romdalsfjord will wow visitors with its awe-inspiring landscapes and tranquil waters. Tromso is a charming city filled with historic buildings, a vibrant nightlife and outdoor activities, while Alta is home to the world’s first Northern Lights observatory and is the perfect place to go to see the phenomenon. Lastly, Stavanger is known as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’ and features an array of art galleries, shops, markets and 200-year-old white wooden houses.
The 14-day East Greenland: Northern Lights voyage is one of Quark Expeditions’ most active itineraries and gives travellers the chance to discover the wonders of Iceland and Greenland. On this cruise, passengers will visit Greenland National Park’s fjords and tundra hikes and become acquainted with the community of Ittoqqortoormiit, where the local Inuit people share their unique way of life. Passengers will also have many opportunities to see Arctic wildlife, from white-beaked dolphins and blue whales to razorbills and muskoxen. Of course, guests can also keep an eye out for glimpses of the legendary Northern Lights while cruising through Scorsbysund Fjord.
Seeing the Northern Lights is one of those unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. If you want to experience the magic of Aurora Borealis for yourself, give us a call on 1300 954 661. Our friendly and experienced cruise consultants can tell you all about the Arctic and Northern Lights voyages on offer from a variety of trusted cruise lines. We can also help you book your trip and organise your flights and travel insurance.