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Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights

Northern lights travel guide, including top northern lights experiences, tips for seeing the northern lights, when to see the northern lights and northern light

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60 second guide to the northern lights

An easy guide to where and when you'll see the greatest displays of the northern lights

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5 strange Northern Lights myths

Planning to see the Northern Lights? Here are five ancient beliefs you should take into account... just to be safe

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Top 5 Northern Lights experiences

Have you seen the light? William Gray, author of 'The Northern Lights Travel Guide', picks five bright ideas for witnessing the aurora borealis

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How to see the northern lights on a budget

Want an unforgettable trip on the cheap? You don't get much more spectacular than the northern lights. Here's how to see them for less than £250 (yes, really!).

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7 stylish ways to see Iceland's northern lights

Prefer to enjoy the magic of the northern lights from the comfort of a hot tub? Look no further than these stylish Icelandic retreats.

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The best time to see the northern lights. Guaranteed.

We ask the experts to tell us when you are most likely to see the northern lights and the things you can do to choose the best date

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5 warm ways to watch the Northern Lights

Finnish Lapland offers prime Northern Lights viewing. But it also offers unique accommodation to watch from so you don't have to brave the cold... too much

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6 of the best places to see the northern lights

Spotting the northern lights isn't all that easy. But head to the right places at the darkest time of year and you may just be in luck...

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Don't miss the Northern Lights this winter with Icelandair

This winter the Northern Lights are set to be one of the best shows on Earth – don't miss out! Travel to Iceland with Icelandair to get a breathtaking front row seat

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5 reasons the Northern Lights are best viewed in autumn

Less cloud cover, more intense geomagnetic activity and the breathtaking sight of autumn leaves in the Arctic – Ali Mclean reveals why chasing the Northern Lights in the Fall often yields the best results

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7 ways to see Lapland's northern lights in style

Trek in snowshoes, rev up a snowmobile, husky-sled, or look up at the aurora borealis from the comfort of your bed. Here's how to get a unique and stylish view of the northern lights in Lapland...

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7 unique Northern Lights adventures you’ll want to book now

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...

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14 alternative northern lights trips, from husky sledding in Norway to photographing Iceland

Explore wintry landscapes by day and spy cosmic wonders by night. Take your pick from our list of ultimate northern lights escapes...

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Novel ways to see Norway's Northern Lights

Blanketed in polar night during the winter months, northern Norway is renowned for its aurora. Thomas Rees picks six places where you can see it in style

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of the Northern Lights

Everything you need to know about the spectacle of nature that tops most travellers’ wishlists

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3 ways to admire the northern lights

It’s the best year in half a century to ogle the aurora, says Lyn Hughes. Don't miss our top three places to check them out

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Finnish Lapland: photographing the northern lights

How do you capture the magic of the aurora borealis on camera? Amateur snapper Nick Boulos learned from the pros on a sub-zero photo safari in Finland

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5 things to do in Swedish Lapland when the Northern Lights don't show

Seeing the Aurora Borealis is a lottery at the best of times. Thankfully there are plenty of other things to do whether the Lights come on or not

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5 things I wish I'd known before seeing the Northern Lights

Peter Moore just got back from witnessing a spectacular aurora display in Abisko in Northern Sweden. Here are five things he wishes he'd known before he went.

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Finland

Northern Lights. Amazing wildlife. Magical snow-dusted countryside. Welcome to Finland...

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How to capture incredible photos of the northern lights

Find out how to snap fantastic photos of the aurora borealis with William Gray’s insightful guide. Just don't forget to take a step back from the lens to admire the natural phenomenon...

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Go now! Tromsø, Norway

Legendary polar explorers, Sami culture and perhaps the world’s best place to see the northern lights – north Norway makes for the coolest winter break

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Hunting the aurora in Arctic Norway

This winter saw the peak of the solar maximum period – and there are few better places to see the dazzling northern lights than Norway’s pristine Arctic extremes

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Snoozing in the original Ice Hotel

Arctic Sweden’s original Ice Hotel turned 20 in 2010: it's time to wrap up and check in, whilst admiring the awesome Northern Lights

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9 amazing aurora adventures for the Arctic winter

The Arctic winter (Oct-Mar) means not only the best time to go northern lights-hunting, but also exploring wild seas, tundra and boreal forests, whale-watching, Arctic bushcraft and more...

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Wildlife watching in winter Iceland

Icelandic winters might be chilly but they’re far from lifeless – indeed, it’s the best season to spot feeding orcas and, with luck, the northern lights says William Gray

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Traveller's guide to: Insulated Jackets

Perfect for snowy or cold destinations, an insulated jacket will keep you warm whether you’re winter walking, snowmobiling or watching the northern lights – we review the best available

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Photo Gallery: Out-of-this-world astronomy photography from Earth and space

Captivating photos of Northern Lights, star wheels, sparkling galaxies, the 'man on the moon' and more, from the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 competition winners

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Share your ‘Night Sky Story’

Light pollution is stopping people around the world enjoying the Northern Lights and bright stars. Read about a unique Lights Out Stars On concert in Reyjavik

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Wander Woman: 7 incredible natural wonders – how many have you seen?

Dazzled by her umpteenth sighting of the northern lights, Wanderlust’s editor-at-large, Phoebe Smith, reflects on why natural spectacles are so mesmerising…

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Short break: Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø, the self-styled ‘Capital of the Arctic’ is about more than the northern lights – expect humpback whales, epic mountains and lashings of Scandi cool...

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Dream sleep: Arctic Fox Igloos, Finnish Lapland

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…

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Photo gallery: 11 otherwordly landscapes of Iceland that will make you want to book a trip now

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...

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Snow and Ice: 5 Landmark Journeys across the Poles

Drive the ice roads of Canada, take the North-west passage or travel by train under the Northern Lights of Norway. Take your lead from the great explorers and create a polar journey to remember...

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White nights: Five chilly sleeps worth staying awake for

Camp out in the South Pole, build your own igloo in Finland, or watch the northern lights from the comfort of your bed! These cool accommodation options will make your wintry holiday all the more magical

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5 reasons you must visit Rovaniemi, Finland

Deep in Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is a modern city, surrounded by nature. Watch the Northern Lights, tuck into rustic Lappish cuisine and meet a guy in a red suit who calls this part of the world home ...

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Meet the icons: 9 life-changing family holidays you’ll want to book now

From trekking in Nepal and safaris in Africa, to experiencing Japanese culture and chasing the northern lights in Sweden, these amazing family holidays are bound to give your kids a love of travel

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Explorer's Guide to Northern Territory

Uluru is the Northern Territory’s most famous site, but there’s far more to discover here

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Ethiopia: northern highlands

Travel in Ethiopia has its challenges, but up in the northern highlands, an inspirational community project repays every step of the journey

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Riddles of the sands: northern Sudan

With its Nile-side pyramids, hieroglyphics and ancient trading routes, Lyn Hughes finds northern Sudan a mesmerising history lesson but without Egypt's crowds

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3 great walks in Northern Ireland

Put on your walking boots and discover Northern Ireland's most spectacular scenery along these awesome hiking trails

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Northern Greece's best kept secrets

As Thessaloniki celebrates 100 years of independence, Andy Sotiropoulou nominates the five places in northern Greece you must visit

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A road trip through Australia's Northern Territory

Hit the open road in Australia's Northern Territory for the best in road trips, quirky pubs and vast open landscapes

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Northern Territory's most jaw-dropping views – and how to find them

Want landscapes that are big on drama? Hiking trails through jaw-dropping terrain? Australia's Northern Territory has the answer...

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Sky lights and street talk in Shanghai

Crickets, protests and tai-chi: Paul Morrison gets to grips with local life in Shanghai

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7 things you must do in Australia’s Northern Territory

Daunting in size and wild by nature, Australia’s Northern Territory is one of the world’s most adventurous destinations. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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Sri Lanka's Northern Soul

The people of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna District are a resilient lot. Post civil war, they’re opening up their idyllic beaches, tiny isles and urging you to visit

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A coasteering weekend in Northern Ireland

Warm fires and cosy pubs? Pah! Jeremy Head plunges into surging seas, hikes windswept mountains and wallows in weed in County Down's great outdoors

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Exploring northern Sri Lanka

Civil war rendered Sri Lanka’s north-west off limits. Now the leopards and pioneering ecolodges of the original home of the Sinhalese ‘lion people’ are creating a buzz

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11 Outback adventures in Australia’s Northern Territory

The Outback was made for exploring. Whether you want a taste of adventure or a full-on adrenaline day, there’s something for everyone in the beautiful Northern Territory…

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Amazing wild encounters in Australia's Northern Territory

Think the Northern Territory is too dry and dusty for wonderful wildlife? Think again. You'll find incredible animals galore in its surprisingly lush reserves and national parks

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A short break in Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Lapped by the Irish Sea, shadowed by the Mourne Mountains and sprinkled with a little magic, Newcastle is the gem of County Down

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Searching for gorillas in Congo-Brazzaville's northern rainforests

From wild elephants to stalking leopards, Congo-Brazzaville is a haven for wildlife. Nick Redmayne sets out in search of the western lowland gorilla, spotting parrots and libidinous buffalo along the way

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Top 5 activities around Katherine, Northern Territory

Katherine is one of the key stop-offs on the long, long road journey down Australia’s Stuart Highway – and it gives plenty of good reasons not to rush through

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Get outdoors in Italy's northern regions

From alpine meadows to sunny vineyards, northern Italy’s regions all offer a spectacular canvas for active experiences outdoors...

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9 barefoot luxury experiences in Australia’s Northern Territory

Get closer to nature without compromising on comfort with these extraordinary Outback experiences

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6 ways to get closer to Aboriginal culture in Australia’s Northern Territory

Aboriginal culture is rich, deep-rooted, and utterly fascinating. Here’s how to immerse yourself in its magic

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Searching the Songlines - discovering hiking trails, aboriginal culture and wildlife in Northern Australia

On the 30th anniversary of Bruce Chatwin’s inspiring travelogue, Songlines, we delve into Australia’s Aboriginal heartlands to explore its ancient trails

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Northern Peru’s most authentic and least known secrets

Peru expert Paul Boardman reveals his favourite authentic experiences in Northern Peru, from stunning lodges and little-known museums, to the best place to see the rare Spatuletail hummingbird

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Northern Thai red curry, local style

MasterChef finalist Andy Oliver visited Chiang Mai and discovered a very different type of Thai red curry

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