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Seeing the northern lights :)

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1. Posted by janepursey (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Hi there :)

I have stumbled upon this website purely by chance, but it seems to be a great find! I'm still in school but I've been putting together a "dream trip" of europe and was wondering what places people would recommend and if there are any that are over rated! Also any information about the best way of getting around Europe (and the cheapest way!) would be greatly appreciated!

One of the few things I'd definitely like to see is the northern lights - which country are you most likely to see it? What time of year? I've found the "Norway In A Nutshell" link on this website which looks great and was wondering if there's anyone who'd been on it and would they recommend it? Do you see the northern lights?!

I realise there are so many questions on this page! If anyone could answer any... it'd be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 5y

North of Norway, Finland or Iceland are the usual choices for Northern Lights, but there is always an element of chance involved - the conditions have to be right. Your best chance of seeing them is in winter, but obviously it will also be very cold.

The cheapest way of getting around Europe is usually coach/bus for very short distances and budget airlines for everything else (think easyjet, ryanair etc). Sometimes you can get cheap rail fares if you book well in advance and I prefer to travel this way when possible.

3. Posted by janepursey (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Thank you, that's all great information! Thanks for posting!

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 5y

This site has predictions on aurora activity a few days in advance. Could be helpful. (Currently activity is very low, so you need to go really far north to see anything, while on the 10th things are predicted to be much more active.)

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Dec-2011, at 11:08 by Sander ]

5. Posted by Rundreisende (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

It is said that best time to see aurora borealis is end of october till mid december and end of februaray till end of april.

6. Posted by janepursey (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Thank you all for your information!

7. Posted by morro (Full Member 102 posts) 5y

I recommend Iceland for the northern lights. It is a great place to visit but very expensive too.

8. Posted by janepursey (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

oh thank you! i'll definitely bear that in mind!

9. Posted by jhonmathew11 (Inactive 2 posts) 5y

Northern lights are nice to visit.