Northern lights travel guide, including top northern lights experiences, tips for seeing the northern lights, when to see the northern lights and northern light
There are some experiences that are so extraordinary they make you cry at the wonder of it all. Or at least have a lump in the throat. The first great whale that you see. The sight of quarter a million king penguins on a beach in South Georgia. Or seeing the northern lights in all their magnificent glory.
The first part of an auroral display usually comes from the east, as the earth rotates into the area of maximum activity. You’ll most likely see a pale green column first, but this may then grow into billowing sheets. If you’re really lucky, the whole sky will be full of curving, twisting shapes.
Although green is the most common colour, red is occasionally seen – but this can be considered a bad omen by some, with many superstitions around it.
You are most likely to see the northern lights in the far north. This auroral band includes Greenland, Lapland and far north Canada and Alaska.
Off-season doesn’t necessarily mean bad season. Sometimes, it's worth putting up with less-than-perfect weather for low prices, unbelievable wildlife encounters and incredible natural phenomena... More
Whether you want to watch polar bears in the Arctic or penguins in Antarctica and every cultural, historical and wildlife highlight in between. Read on to discover the very best polar adventures... More
Don’t just watch the Northern Lights. 'Experience' them. From snowshoeing in Lapland to sleeping in a Sami tent, you’ll encounter the lights in a way you will never forget. But spaces are limited... More
Picking one single country to visit can be a challenge – so why not cross a few borders while you’re away? These trips pack in a glut of different cultures, food and experiences... More
We reveal the best day trips you can take from Iceland's capital, either on your own or with a guide - including hot springs, geothermal baths, world-famous waterfalls, ice caves and wildlife wonders... More
From bear watching to cycling between the vineyards, here are nine of the best outdoor activities in wild but beautiful British Columbia... More
Sleep under giant ice sculptures, eat from frozen plates and have a go at building your own igloo for the night. Whichever hotel you choose, be sure to brace yourself for the cold... More
Ahead of talking at Wanderlust's 'How To Make Your Photos Stand Out' seminar at the Adventure Travel Show, award-winning photojournalist William Gray shares some of his stunning photos with us... More
From bear watching in wildlife preserves and canoeing along the Yukon River, to riding historic railroads, there’s every reason to escape to the wilderness of northwest Canada More
Finland’s frozen north has never been easier to reach. Discover a world of epic landscapes, delicious food, and thrilling winter activities More
You flocked to the Wanderlust website in your millions in 2018, but which features, interviews, lists and reviews did you love the most? These 20 came out on top... More
From saving a species to expanding your skills (and your mind), there’s always a good reason to get away – and if you can’t think of one, read on as we round up the trips that may change your life… More
Paddle the lakes in summer, marvel at amber trees in autumn and skate your way through winter – adventure is guaranteed in the Great White North no matter which day, month or season you choose to visit More
Don’t fancy facing the cold? In these new glass igloos in Finland, you can watch the northern lights from your bed. Just don’t fall asleep… More
Dazzled by her umpteenth sighting of the northern lights, Wanderlust’s editor-at-large, Phoebe Smith, reflects on why natural spectacles are so mesmerising… More
Iceland is a whirlwind of exploding geysers, bubbling hot springs and endless mountainous landscapes. Here are 10 experiences that take you to the heart of this remarkable country. More
The rarest travel experiences. The toughest. The dearest. The ones that won’t be around forever. These are the real do-before-you-die journeys... More
Track down glaciers and fjords by day, gaze at an aurora spectacle once darkness falls, and recharge overnight in an ice hotel. We reveal the best experiences for you to get stuck into this season... More
From majestic waterfalls to illuminating northern lights, Iceland beholds some of the world's most breathtaking scenery and natural wonders. Take a glimpse through the lens of Martin Schulz... More
Wanderlust subscribers now receive a free £50 voucher valid on trips from a great selection of top tour operators
And the best bit is, this isn't a one-off offer, you get one every time you renew as well!
The £50 discount can be redeemed against one trip booking with one of our tour operator partners, by the expiry date printed on the voucher. The £50 can even be redeemed on top of any discounts our partners are already offering, ensuring Wanderlust subscribers get the best deal possible.
Simply quote your unique voucher code when booking to claim the discount. This offer is only available to Wanderlust subscribers.
UK subscribers automatically receive the voucher each year. Overseas subscribers receive it upon request.
Sign up today for free and be the first to get notified of new articles, new competitions, new events and more!