The Sky at Night

Look to the heavens for a spectacle to remember

Stargazing Tours

Nothing quite compares to bedding down under a blanket of stars surrounded by quiet wilderness, or witnessing the colourful swathes of the Northern Lights as they bathe the night sky. From the magic of the aurora borealis to the Perseids Meteor Shower in Jordan or Geminid Meteor Shower in Morocco, the night sky offers endless possibilities.

Perhaps the most spectacular of Iceland’s incredible natural wonders is the famous Northern Lights. In winter months this phenomenon transforms the night sky into an ethereal display of multi-coloured lights. So escape the lights of the city for a day or two and venture into the darkness with your eyes skyward for a glimpse of this incredible natural event on tour with us.

Top 'Sky at Night' Experiences

Be star struck with our choice of the world's most impressive displays at night from downpours of celestial matter to dancing sheets of colour.

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Iceland, Norway and Finland

Northern Lights

Scientifically known as the Aurora Borealis, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek name for the north wind, this incredible light show graces the skies of the north and south poles during the depths of winter. When daylight wanes to just a few hours of the day, electrically-charged solar particles collide miles above the planet to create dancing sheets of colour from neon green to vivid purple. Referred to as the Northern Lights in the northern hemisphere, we have a range of tours to Iceland, Norway and Finland that offer a glimpse of this spectacle.

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Jordan

Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseids Meteor Shower is a spectacular celestial light show that has amazed sky watchers for nearly 2,000 years as the Swift–Tuttle comet ejects clouds of particles and dust. In August every year, the night sky is often lit up by over 60 meteors per hour, streaking across the darkness. As with all celestial events, the shower is best observed in a completely clear night sky and where better than at our desert camp in Jordan's Wadi Rum on our special Perseids Meteor Shower tour.

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Morocco

Geminids Meteor Shower

One of the only two major meteor showers not originating from a comet, the Geminids Meteor Shower is another celestial spectacle with a stunning 160 meteors per hour during optimal conditions. Occurring in the Gemini constellation in December each year, this meteor shower is slower than many others with speeds of 22 miles per second, which is a bonus for star gazers as it means the showers are much easier to spot. Keen observers will find few places as good to witness the show from than the expansive desert of the Sahara.

Further reading on the night sky

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

Earth Sky - updates on the cosmos including our featured 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

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