It seems like the chase for the Northern Lights is on. Everywhere you look, these magnificent colours dancing across the sky are mentioned as the must see thing.
Are they really that amazing? Why has the natural phenomena been the hot topic of discussion over the past few years?
Some people use the term ’Aurora Borealis’, while others know the ribbons of luminous colour that dance across the skies of the Northern Hemisphere as the Northern Lights.
No matter which name you prefer, there?s no denying that this spectacle of lights is one of the world?s most magnificent displays.
Let’s explain what they are, without getting too scientific or technical. It is caused by electrically charged particles, high in energy, entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
The selection of colours differs based on the altitude. The most common colour that you will see will be green. Different shades of green fill out the night sky when atoms are around the lower end of the altitude.
The human eye detects green very well, therefore this helps pick up this colour from the night sky. When the altitude changes, you may be able to see rose pink and faint red or even a faded purple.
Okay we now understand what it is, so when do we see it? This is a natural phenomenon and therefore many people have travelled and not been lucky enough to see the incredible aurora show.
You can only see the Northern Lights when the sky is dark and clear of any clouds. They are known to only show for a few minutes and best seen between 5pm and 2am. Between October and February, you will have a great chance of seeing them.
Bentours, the Scandinavian specialists, have been operating for 40 years so know a thing or two about hunting the light.
‘Chase the Lights’ is an escorted small group tour that gives travellers an exceptional chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Tromso is one of the best places on earth to see Aurora Borealis. This incredible tour gives you the ideal opportunity to see the Northern Lights and delve into Lapland's Sami culture with its incredible ever-changing scenery.
This journey lets travellers discover quaint towns and breathtaking scenery while staying in unique accommodation such as a glass igloo in Northern Lights Village, where you can lie in bed and gaze at the stars (and if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights!).
Your eyes will feast on some breathtaking natural scenery as you make your way up north to the Kirkenes Snow Hotel and enjoy a private Gamme Cabin.
In Kirkenes, weather permitting, you will experience an exhilarating husky sleigh ride. Let your personal pack of huskies and musher drive you around in the scenic Sandnesdalen and indulge in a post sleigh picnic or hot drink en-route.
Prepare for new sights and experiences as you spend five nights relaxing on a classic south bound voyage with Hurtigruten, by far the best way to experience Norway’s stunning fjords and historic coastal towns.
Enjoy your first lunch onboard with views of the surrounding Arctic landscape on deck or from the panorama lounge.
Watch as your ship negotiates an intricate network of isles and inlets as you pass through the legendary Lofoten Islands. The island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen offer some of the most stunning scenery you will see during the entire coastal voyage.
The Lofoten region is renowned for its natural beauty with steep mountains, wild nature and small, picturesque fishing villages. The daylight sailing route through the Lofoten Islands is a highlight of the trip!
Continuing southwards, it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but we inevitably slip through an opening leading to the narrow Raftsund.
This 20-kilometre passage between Lofoten and Vesterålen takes you through mountains soaring 1,000 metres directly out of the sea. Pass through the spectacular Trollfjord, which is only two kilometres long and 100 metres wide, and is surrounded by majestic mountains.
Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’’N is an important ’rite of passage’ and we celebrate the event out on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil.
Sail along the dried Cos Capital of Kristiansund and then during the night, the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik, Måløy, as the world’s most beautiful voyage draws to a close.
Your tour comes to an end in Bergen where you head up to the peak of Mount Fløyen (320 metres above sea level), the journey taking only five to eight minutes.
The journey is an experience, cutting through the steep mountain side and forests revealing more of the city below. At the top you can enjoy fantastic views over Bergen and the Norwegian coast line.
Walking from the hotel to the pier you will take a boat to reach the well-known Restaurant Cornelius. Here you will be delighted with local specialties. Inspired by the weather of the day, Cornelius serves its famous Meteorological Menu of exquisite seafood and trimmings, prepared using innovative culinary techniques and with a genuine passion for seafood.
The Northern Lights experience in Finland and Norway is truly a magical experience. And Bentours’ carefully planned itinerary and knowledgeable guides put you in the right locations to give you the best possible chance to witness it.
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