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See the Northern Lights

My bucket list is not very long as far as what I simply MUST see on this planet before I die, and the Northern Lights is right up there. So when I got this press release through about how, when and with whom to do it, I thought you might like the info too…

The incredible wonder of nature - Finland

Travel operator and Nordic specialist 50 Degrees North has just released its Aurora Borealis (for that is what this phenomena is really called) brochure with 8 great ways to see the Northern Lights in 2011/12.

Of course, you could book your trip and the weather be so shite and rainy that you don’t actually see them, but the brochure displays a handful of trips tailored to maximise the chances to see the Northern Lights. The trips are mostly short to suit those who are already in the area and want to scoot up north for an experience of a lifetime.

The Aurora trips also include a short excursion to the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi (Northern Sweden), tours to the Lofoten archipelago and Tromsø in the far north of Norway, Finnish Lapland (to see Santa), Super Jeep trips in Iceland and a trip to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.

The northern winter 2011/12 is predicted to display some of the most intense occurrences of Aurora Borealis in over a decade, as the 11 year cycle of the sun comes to its peak. The main cause of the Northern Light is the number of dark spots on the surface of the sun, i.e. the more spots the better chance of Auroras. These natural displays of green, white and purple light occur most frequently in the Polar Regions in a 2500 km radius off the geomagnetic pole. The zone with the most intense sightings of Aurora Borealis extends over Lapland in northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia. As it happens; this is 50 Degrees North’s specialist area.

When to go?

November to April are generally the best for observing the Northern Lights, and nights closest to full moon should be avoided as this brightens the sky. The Northern Light emits more concentrated colours and longer experiences on the eve of a new moon.  New Moon Northern Winter 2011/12: 27 Sep, 26 Oct, 25 Nov, 24 Dec, 23 Jan, 21 Feb, 22 Mar, 21 Apr

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!