Friday, 28 October 2016

The Wonders Of The Northern Lights

Our world is such a magical place and the more I explore it the more I want to see. One country I can't wait to visit is Iceland. A mystical country of beautiful scenery, magical folklore, and amazing food and drink. 

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to visit Iceland as the stunning landscapes of the countryside are just breathtaking and to see the northern lights would be a dream come true.  The northern lights have been on my bucket list for a very long time. I mean why would anyone NOT want to see the northern lights?


Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

You may have heard the term 'northern lights' before, so what exactly are they? The northern lights are a wonderful light display brought on by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun, that enter the earth's atmosphere. It has been described as a beautiful shifting dance of lights, once seen never forgotten.

Also known as the Aurora Borealis, this ethereal sight is a prime reason why thousands of people fly north every year for their Winter break.

Northen Lights, Sweden

The northern lights can be seen at many different locations from Iceland and Norway, Greenland and Finland to Russia and even Canada. There are a number of package holidays you can go on to see the northern lights too if you want everything organised for you from Best Served.

Iceland would, of course, be my top choice. It's mild climate and relatively reliable light show make it a popular destination to see them.


Hotel Renga, Iceland

A romantic Iceland break sounds ideal for my husband and I. A short break like this one from Best Served Scandinavia covers the Blue Lagoon, the famous geothermal spa, and a stay in Hotel Renga, in southern Iceland with its luxury accommodation and outdoor hot tubs. To sit in a hot tub, looking up to the sky and seeing the amazing light show would be my perfect romantic experience.

The last full day I would love to spend it visiting the ‘Golden Circle’, which comprises the historic national park, Thingvellir, home to the first Icelandic parliament and the magnificent Gullfoss, a roaring cascade in the Hvitá river. Later that night it would be great fun to explore the bars of
Reykjavik before flying home the next day.



Gullfoss, Iceland

Another of my favourite ideas I found from Best Served is this three-night Ice Hotel break where you stay at the original Ice Hotel in Sweden. One of the most unique places to stay in the world, the Ice Hotel is a true original, built each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden. The hotel including the chairs, bar, and even the beds are made from snow and ice and artists are invited to create different rooms every year. 

The Ice Hotel Sweden

Combining a one night stay in a freshly-built 'Snow Room' and two nights’ in a 'Warm Room' with a choice of adventure activities would be an exciting break. The activities include reindeer encounters, dog sled rides and an epic Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile. How cool does that sound?

Inside the Ice Hotel Sweden

It would be a place to make amazing memories and hopefully, see the northern lights. Of course, as with all natural phenomena you are not guaranteed to see them, and you need the right conditions - a dark clear night, anytime from September to March.

To make it easier to find did you know there is even an Aurora Forecast app you can download to help you? 

Hopefully, before long my dream will come true. Have you ever seen the northern lights? Is Iceland a dream destination for you? Would you stay in an Ice Hotel?

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45 comments

  1. Northern lights phenomena really fascinates me. Loved you post.

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  2. northern lights is something i would love to go and see. the ice hotel looks so interesting and different!

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    1. The Ice Hotel looks amazing doesn't it!?

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  3. I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights. I haven't had a chance yet. =(

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  4. Seeing the Northern Lights has been first place on my bucket list for years. One day, I'll do it.

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    1. Hope you get the chance one day Colleen.

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  5. I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights. My husband has Iceland on his travel bucket list. He was just telling me he wants to go there

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    1. Take him away as a treat if you can afford it :)

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  6. This is on my bucket list. I'm desperate to go! The ice hotel looks amazing too x

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  7. Seeing the Northern Lights are on both mine and my husband's bucket list. I think I would pass on the ice hotel though, since my desert blood needs as much warmth as possible.

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    1. I can see some people wouldn't like it, but I would love it!

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  8. I've never seen them in person before - I've seen them on TV in documentaries and it looks spectacular. It's definitely on my bucket list to see them myself someday!

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  9. You're definitely convincing me! Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland would be incredible. I'd love to have a cozy getaway there.

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  10. Seeing the Northern Lights is also on my bucket list. I would love to go to Iceland some day, however, I am not so sure about staying in an ice hotel because I am a baby when it comes to being cold lol

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  11. I really would love to see the Northern Lights! I always wanted to take my dad so he could photograph them, but now I'll have to go in his honour. I'm not great with cold weather, so the ice hotel looks a little scary but I'm sure it's beautiful!

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    1. I think they make sure you are warm in the Ice Hotel. Shame you have to go in your dad's honour x

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  12. We live in MN and every once in a while we can get a glimpse of the northern lights. Nothing like what Iceland or Canada can see though. Wow those photos... amazing!

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    1. Gosh that must be lovely to get a glimpse of them.

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  13. Iceland is one of my dream destinations too! Northern lights are really magical! It's on our bucket list! :D

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  14. Your pictures sure are captivating!
    I never thought of visiting Iceland before but can see it to be unique.

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  15. So gorgeous. I've never seen them before, but always wanted to. They look so stunning! Something to see for sure. - jeanine

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  16. I'm desperate to go see the Northern Lights. One day hopefully! :) Love the idea of the ice hotel!

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  17. This looks beyond amazing. It is absolutely on my bucket list!

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    1. Let's hope we can both cross this off our bucket list soon.

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  18. I would love to see the Northern Lights. Heard so much about it.

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  19. My friend has visited Iceland quite often and I am so jealous. His pictures always come back and are magical.

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  20. This is on my list as well! The Northern lights are just too fabulous to never see in person.

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  21. Totally on my list, bordering obsessed with wanting to go and I also want to stay in an Ice Hotel because I am so curious about it x

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  22. Wow this site is unbelievably beautiful. I would love to see it in person.

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  23. What a dream come true to see these!!!

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  24. Looks so amazing. I wanted to see Nothern lights in person

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  25. Going to Iceland and seeing the northern lights is definitely on my bucket list. The northern lights always look amazing in photos I bet it would be more amazing to see in person

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    1. I think it would be such a fantastic site, I'm hoping to go very soon.

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  26. Its been on my bucket list for ages and just haven't had the chance to make it but maybe, just maybe I might succeed in 2017. x

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