Increasingly, seeing the Northern Lights - the Aurora Borealis - is rising to the top of the bucket list for many families. Perhaps because it's an outdoor, socially-distant type of trip. Or perhaps because there are several new, luxurious and comfortable ways to enjoy this experience.
Either way - experiencing the bright dancing lights of the aurora (which are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere) is at the top of the list for many families.
Best viewing is during the winter/ cold months and we have several great options from Alaska to Lapland. Read on to learn more and then let's get started planning a trip to see the Northern Lights!
North of the Arctic Circle in the vast Finnish Lapland, surrounded by towering pines, is a surreally beautiful place to experience the aurora borealis. Lapland, located in Northern Finland, is a perfect spot to see the Northern Lights.
Spend a night in a glass igloo, complete with heated floors and thermal-glass roof with a view to the sky. When the lights are visible an alarm will notify you so you don't sleep through the action.
In addition to active lights - the whole family will love dog sledding and checking out reindeer and other Arctic wildlife. Totally epic!
Iceland and Deplar Farm
Deplar Farm blends right into Northern Iceland with its turf-camouflaged rooftop - but is home to the coziest of suites, a stylish spa, gourmet restaurant, outdoor heated geothermal pool ... all with views of the surrounding ice-sloped mountains and sprawling wilderness of the magical (and charmingly-named) Troll Peninsula that lights up with the Northern Lights during the winter months.
Over the years our most well traveled, hard-to-impress clients have ALL said this was one of the BEST travel experiences they have ever had. You can't go wrong with this option.
Alaska - Denali National Park
Sheldon Chalet is the only privately-owned land in Denali National Park. This is a private experience in their spectacularly remote 5 bedroom lodge. The only way to get there is by helicopter.
Upon arrival, you'll meet with the guides and plan out what you want to do while there. Activities include Aurora viewing, as well as glacier trekking with gourmet picnic, crevasse exploration, snow cavern spelunking, rappelling, ice climbing, and rock climbing.
There are also more traditional lodges in Alaska that offer Northern Lights packages. Over that past few weeks we've seen some new 4-5 night itineraries launched and will be sharing more of these complete itineraries in the coming weeks.
Each of these options can be completely customized to meet the interest and level of adventure of your family. Ready to start planning a Northern Lights bucket list adventure? Contact us today to get started!