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Northern Lights

Annabelle's verdict:

Elusive, unpredictable and utterly unique – the Aurora Borealis illuminates the northern skies in winter with impromptu displays of vivid colours rolling across the sky. For the best chance of catching the show, head to Tromso in the north of Norway – surprisingly easy to reach from the UK, and a fascinating place to visit.

Recommended tour operator: Nordic Experience

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Nordic Experience says

About 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the northernmost part of Norway, Tromso is acknowledged as one of the best places in the world for seeing the Northern Lights.

For the ultimate view of nature’s most spectacular light show, we can arrange for you to head out into the wilderness where you can enjoy a variety of activities such as husky and snowmobile safaris, as well as having the best possible sighting if the Northern Lights are on display.

Even without them, Tromso is a great choice for a winter city break. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, Tromso was the departure point for countless polar expeditions, and fascinating museums bear witness to many of these exploits.Other attractions include the stunning Arctic Cathedral, excellent restaurants, spectacular scenery, and a wide range of winter activities.

A break in Tromso can also be combined with other destinations, including Sweden’s Ice Hotel or the magical Lofoten Islands.

Our three-night Northern Lights Experience, for example, takes you close to the North Pole for the best chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis. Or head to Iceland on our four-night Glaciers and Waterfalls under the Northern Lights.

Click here for more about Northern Lights short breaks in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland, and see the best time of year to visit Iceland.

If you need even more inspiration, watch this amazing video from Joanna Lumley’s Northern Lights adventure with the BBC.

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