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A cruise to the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) is a popular bucket list experience and it’s easy to see why. Northern lights cruises take budding explorers to beautiful and breath-taking destinations such as Norway, Iceland or the Arctic Circle to witness one of the world’s most fascinating natural phenomena.

The northern lights occur when solar winds combine with gas molecules and the result creates a colourful bright beam that lights up the night sky. The lights differ and can appear in neon shades of green, turquoise or purple. They can be dynamic and dancing or feint and still, either way creating an awe-inspiring backdrop to the northern night sky. A northern lights cruise can present excellent sightings from top deck as the ship sails away from any mainland light pollution and cruises under colossal darkness, sprinkled with twinkling stars.

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The best time to see the northern lights is in the winter season between October and March. Cruises to see the dazzling northern lights are very popular and with just six months of the year being the best season for sightings, cruises can book up very quickly. If you have your heart set on a northern lights cruise we advise that you don’t delay booking your cruise to ensure you get the ship, cabin and sail date you desire.

Cruise lines that offer northern lights cruises include P&O Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Cruise and Maritime Voyages and also Hurtigruten. Experts in cruising the Norwegian region, Hurtigruten are so sure that they can give you a northern lights sighting that they offer a Northern Lights Promise. The crew are often very familiar with chasing the lights on northern lights cruises and create an exciting atmosphere around sightings by sounding horns and encouraging all guests to get out on deck when the lights appear.

Some northern lights themed cruises will also feature talks and lectures onboard from scientists and astronomers, giving guests the opportunity to find out more about the natural phenomenon. Shore excursions on northern lights cruises tend to be fun filled and winter themed.

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Northern Lights Cruises to Norway
Cruise north to Norway and be wowed by the stunning coastal scenery you see along the way. From the quaint wooden fishing cabins to the theatrical fjords, Norway oozes natural picturesque charm. Breathe the fresh crisp air in Northern Norway and sail the Arctic Circle in search of the extraordinary northern lights. Pack a sense of adventure for the unique winter themed shore excursions, from husky sledding to snowmobiling or cross country skiing. Check out our handy blog post featuring top tips for cruising the Norwegian Fjords, including the best cruise lines, ports and more.

Northern Lights Cruises to Iceland
Iceland in winter is a magical place. The snow covered baron scenery makes you feel like you are on another planet altogether. Natural wonders are in abundance here from the enormous waterfalls and volcanic geysers to the star sprinkled night sky and dancing northern lights. The sun rises much later in the winter, but a bonus of this is being awake to witness the sun rise over the incredible mountainous backdrop of the Blue Lagoon.

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