Stargazing & Northern Lights Tours

Northern Lights, meteor showers and solar eclipse adventures

Don't forget to look up!

Nothing quite compares to witnessing the colourful swathes of the Northern Lights as they bathe the night sky. Scientifically known as the Aurora Borealis, after the Roman goddess of dawn, this incredible light show graces the skies of the north and south poles during the depths of winter. Electrically-charged solar particles collide miles above the planet to create dancing sheets of colour from neon green to vivid purple in an ethereal display of multi-coloured lights.

Escape the bright lights of the city and venture into the darkness of some of northern Europe's most spectacular landscapes for a glimpse of this incredible natural event on tour with us.

Our range of stargazing tours also include dedicated trips to Jordan and Morocco to watch the Perseids and Geminids meteor showers, as well as specially curated tours to Argentina and Antarctica for the upcoming total solar eclipses in December 2020 and 2021.

Top Northern Lights experiences

Here's what you can expect of our Northern Lights tours around Scandinavia and beyond.

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Iceland

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to Northern Lights tours in Iceland. In recent years this incredibly picturesque island nation has become the most popular place in the Northern Hemisphere to go in search of the Aurora Borealis. On tour in Iceland with us you'll spend two nights in the small town of Hella, learning all about the phenomenon and waiting for the light show to start. And if that wasn't enough, on all our Iceland tours you can add a Northern Lights by Boat excursion for a totally different perspective.

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Finland

With our range of tours in Finland you can experience the magic of the Northern Lights from inside a delightful glass igloo. Or opt for our Northern Lights Hunting excursion for an evening in a traditional Finnish tent beside a scenic lake, complete with campfire tales and snacks. If you're feeling more adventurous, head out into the wilderness on a snowmobile for a thrilling journey across pristine snowy landscapes with our Northern Lights by Snowmobile tour add-on.

Northern Lights over Lofoten Islands in Norway - Best Time To Visit

Norway

Travel into Norway's Arctic Circle for the chance to go Northern Lights hunting in the spectacular Lofoten Islands. Combine this with visits to Sortland for an authentic Sami Experience at a typical reindeer farm and the world's most northerly wildlife park at Polarpark where you'll come face-to-face with the predators of the Arctic including the lynx, wolf and wolverine. This part of the world is one of the most reliable places for Northern Lights displays so your odds of seeing this natural phenomenon are great.

Other stargazing destinations

Whether it's meteor showers in Jordan and Morocco or solar eclipses in Argentina and Antarctica, we have plenty of once in a lifetime experiences for the budding astronomer to enjoy.

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Jordan

Every year for the last 2,000 years, the Perseids meteor shower has lit up the August night sky in Jordan. And what better way to witness this magical spectacle than from the comfort of a campsite in the heart of the Wadi Rum desert, miles from the bright city lights? The meteor shower is the highlight of a trip which also takes in the famous Rose City of Petra, the Dead Sea and more.

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Morocco

The clear night skies above Morocco's Sahara Desert are a spectacle at any time of the year. In December however, things get even more magical with the arrival of the Geminids meteor shower. Whether you join our dedicated Signature or Essentials tour, you'll get to witness the meteor shower as part of a guided tour of the country, visiting highlights including Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou, Fes and Casablanca.

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Argentina

In December 2020 there is due to be a total solar eclipse in Argentina, when the moon moves between us and the sun, temporarily blocking out the sunlight as the moon casts a shadow onto Earth. Our dedicated range of solar eclipse tours take in highlights of Argentina and Chile and spend the duration of the eclipse at an exclusive observation camp in Bariloche, the best place to see the event unfold.

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Antarctica

Another total solar eclipse will arrive in December 2021, in the world's most southern continent - Antarctica. A wildlife-rich wonderland, this inhospitable region is best explored on an expedition cruise. Our two tours take in the highlights of the area including the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula before stopping to watch the eclipse unfold along its axis. A true adventure!

Take a look at some of our most popular stargazing tours, which include Northern Lights adventures, meteor tours and our dedicated solar eclipse trips.

Need more information or ready to book your trip? Get in touch with our expert team to start planning the holiday of a lifetime!

Further reading on the night sky

If all this talk of celestial light displays has you reaching for your passport and telescope, have a browse through these articles for more inspiration and handy planning info:

Spotting the Northern Lights - our very own guide on when best to see them and how to photograph them
Earth Sky - updates on the cosmos including meteor showers
Aurora Service - forecasts and alerts plus tips on where best to see the show
Space - latest news on what's happening in the sky above us