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Four brilliant Northern Lights trip ideas for a winter escape like no other

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 6 days ago Roshina Jowaheer

Getty © Getty Getty Summer feels like it's well and truly ever, which has us reaching for our woollies and thinking about our next escape. While we love a winter sun holiday as much as the next person, nothing is more magical than taking a Northern Lights trip to celebrate the cold season in style.

Whether wrapped up warm to spend evenings under the stars in a Northern Lights igloo or taking part in an active adventure like snowshoeing, there are a number of ways to experience the natural phenomenon at its best.

Here, we've picked a few of our favourite Northern Lights holidays in Finland, Iceland and Sweden. Be inspired by these incredible Northern Lights breaks...

Sleep in a Northern Lights cabin in Finland

Waiting around for the Aurora Borealis to make an appearance can leave you shivering, especially with temperatures dropping to -40C in Lapland, but a stay in a warm Aurora Cabin means you can get cosy to enjoy the show!

a wooden bench in front of a window: Northern Lights trip - Northern Lights igloo © Northern Lights Village Northern Lights trip - Northern Lights igloo

On an action-packed escape to Finnish Lapland, you'll not only sleep under the stars in the glass-roofed accommodation for two, but also get out and about to explore the serene surroundings with aurora showshoeing to see them on foot, husky sledding during the day and a photography workshop so you can take the perfect snaps along the way. FIND OUT MORE

Drive around Iceland and stay in remote hotels

The more remote you are, the easier it is to spot the Northern Lights when they make an appearance and on a trip to Iceland you'll want to stay as far as possible from any light pollution. On a five-day self-drive break, you'll have a couple of extra days longer than the standard long weekend people take to do some aurora hunting, too.

Northern Lights trip ideas - Iceland © Laurent Lacroix Northern Lights trip ideas - Iceland

You can spend the days with complete freedom to explore Iceland as you wish - whether you want to visit the popular sites or discover some hidden gems - before retiring to hotels like Husafell and Ranga, where the staff will wake you up if an aurora display takes place while you're asleep. FIND OUT MORE

Visit one of the world's best places to see the Northern Lights in Sweden

Head for Swedish Lapland and you'll be in for a treat. It's here where you'll find the Abisko National Park, known as one of the top places to spot the green lights thanks to its crystal-clear skies. On a unique winter holiday to the region, you'll have dinner at the Abisko Aurora Sky Station, before looking out for the Northern Lights and spending the night in the only hotel in the national park.

Northern Lights trips - Sweden © Discover the World Northern Lights trips - Sweden

But that's not all. On another incredible night in Sweden, you'll stay at the famous Icehotel, sleeping in a room and bed made of ice - how's that for making your Northern Lights adventure one to remember? FIND OUT MORE

Get even closer to the natural phenomenon on a Northern Lights flight

Want to tick off the bucket list experience in a day? Take a Northern Lights flight from London or Manchester, where you'll fly above the clouds and away from the light pollution to chase the green lights on a three-hour adventure. Before the flight, you'll have a delicious three-course dinner to fill you up in time for the departure.

a body of water: Northern Lights trip ideas © Shutterstock Northern Lights trip ideas

You will also be joined by astrophotographer and BBC The Sky at Night regular Pete Lawrence, who will tell you what to expect, how the flight will work and what causes the incredible light display. FIND OUT MORE

Gallery: 20 breathtaking photos of the Northern Lights that will make you want to visit Norway (Country Living UK)

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