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Northern Lights Cruises

Northern Lights Cruises

Venture into the heart of nature’s most mesmerising spectacle on one of our Northern Lights Cruises. As you sail through the icy waters, the skies above unfold a canvas of shimmering colours, presenting the Aurora Borealis in all its ethereal glory.

The best time to embark on this luminous adventure is during the darker months, typically between late September and late March. During this window, the skies are at their darkest and the lights, with their mesmerising hues of green, pink, and violet, are at their most vibrant.

While Aurora Borealis remains the star attraction, these cruises also offer a unique perspective on the stark beauty of the polar regions. Imagine sailing past towering icebergs, or catching a glimpse of a whale breaking the surface in the moonlit waters, all under the watchful gaze of the Aurora.

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Best Place

For the optimal Northern Lights experience, head as near to the Arctic Circle as you can, beneath a canopy of absolute darkness. Embark on a journey to destinations within the Northern Lights Oval for a front-row seat with uninterrupted views.

Best Time

The prime time to witness the Northern Lights is during the winter months, from September to April, when the nights are longest and the skies are darkest. Venturing into this winter wonderland is well worth wrapping up for!

History of the Aurora Borealis

From ancient Norse tales of celestial battles to indigenous beliefs that these lights held spiritual significance, the Northern Lights have woven a tapestry of wonder and intrigue throughout human history.

When is the best time to visit the Northern Lights?

The best time to take a cruise holiday to the Northern Lights depends on the region you want to explore and the specific experiences you’re seeking.

In general, the optimal time for witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon is during the winter months when the nights are longest and the skies are darkest. This means the period from late September to early April, particularly from late autumn to the early winter months, is ideal for Northern Lights hunting.

Regions situated within or near the Arctic Circle, such as Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and parts of Canada and Alaska, offer excellent chances to see the lights during this time. It’s important to consider factors like weather conditions, moon phases, and light pollution when planning your trip to maximise your chances of experiencing this awe-inspiring celestial display.

It’s also essential to consider factors like local holidays, festivals and peak tourist seasons. It’s always a good idea to consult with one of our cruise agents who will give you the best advice!

Which cruise lines sail to the Northern Lights

Ambassador Cruise Line, Cunard, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America, Hurtigruten, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Silversea Cruises & Viking Ocean Cruises.

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