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Many of us in the UK have been bombarded by week upon week of black clouds, gale force winds and rain, rain, and more rain. For a total change of scene, why not consider heading to the north where the skies are as clear as crystal, and where you may even be rewarded by a sight of the famous Northern Lights (aurora borealis).


Saariselka in Finland is an ideal location for those craving crisp air and cosy evenings by a log fire. Cleanse your mind walking through the impressive landscape, and your body in one of the famous saunas, or even via a freezing plunge into the river. Alternatively, head down to Lake Inari, where you can combine aurora hunting with learning all about the fascinating Sami culture, visiting key locations including Ukonkivi Island and Pielpajarvi with its famous wilderness church. Indulge in a range of traditional pastimes including cross country skiing, husky safari and fishing, and hit the well-marked aurora trails as night falls - these will lead you to the places with the best statistical chance of seeing the eerie Northern Lights.


For those that wish to combine their search for the Northern lights with a nature odyssey – Norway is the perfect location. Visit the charmingly rocky Vesteralen Islands to see eagles, moose, whale and seals at close hand during the day, and, fingers crossed, the aurora as night draws in. If you associate this part of the world with wolves and are keen to see some, Harstad is your best bet. Here a trained guide will lead you on a trek to visit a pack of these elusive creatures – where you will be able to get up close and personal. Then take a motorboat trip after dark for a spot of Aurora hunting.


A few days at the Swedish lakeside village of Sorbyn will wake up and enlighten any of us. Spend the day zooming around the area on snowmobiles, or travel the old fashioned way - pulled on a sled by huskies. Families will enjoy a short break in Kiruna, where moose safaris, and reindeer meet-and greets are on offer. A sight of the aurora borealis is also a definite possibility.


If you want to maximise the likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights book into the Iceland’s classy Hotel Glymur - if the lights appear while you are sleeping they will happily wake you up so that you don’t miss it! Surrounded by amazing natural landscape that includes spectacular waterfalls and hot springs, there is plenty to marvel at even if the lights remain elusive.


If you are desperate to see the lights but haven’t got time to get away – do not despair! It is now possible to take an evening flight from several UK airports into Icelandic airspace. With an expert commentator on board to help you learn all about and explain the lights – should you be lucky enough to see them – this is a great way to chase the Aurora on a limited budget.

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