Northern Lights

The location of most of our winter destinations means that guests on our holidays have the opportunity to witness the glory of the Northern Lights during their holiday; a truly unforgettable sight to see.

Nature’s greatest light show has danced in the Arctic skies since the beginning of time and displays can be breathtaking.

If you would like to discuss the chances of witnessing the Northern Lights in any of our Artisan destinations then please contact our Travel Experts; in many destinations your chances are excellent. During an overnight safari for example, guests stay in remote cabins, far from any light pollution and with wonderful views of the night sky. If conditions are favourable there can be few better places from which to witness a display.

The Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed as they rely entirely on solar activity levels and clear skies but, never the less, your chances on many of our holidays are enhanced with evening safaris and remote locations.

If the Northern Lights are your main motivation for travel, then we highly recommend that you visit our sister company’s website: The Aurora Zone offer a huge range of dedicated Northern Lights holidays which all include dedicated Northern Lights hunts in carefully selected locations. Whilst many of these locations are the same as those on Artisan, the itineraries include evening experiences with Aurora experts on multiple nights alongside other Aurora hunting aids.

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The Aurora Zone is the original, and remains the only, UK tour operator solely dedicated to offering Northern Lights holidays which have been handcrafted by their travel experts and local guides.

The Aurora Zone offer a unique Aurora hunting formula based on 6 simple factors:

1. To hunt for the Aurora you should be away from light pollution. As described above, dark skies in remote locations can provide the best back drop to any Aurora display.

2. Local guides and experts should be utilised as they have unparalleled knowledge of their regions and the Northern Lights, this is an ethos we share here at Artisan Travel.

3. Aurora holidays should all be situated within the Aurora Zone; determined by the latitudes between which the Northern Lights can be seen most frequently. All holidays featured by The Aurora Zone are within this region, many of our Artisan destinations are also within this zone, simply ask our travel experts for details.

4. Aurora Alerts and innovative accommodation provide excellent Aurora viewing opportunities. In many destinations featured on The Aurora Zone there are Aurora Alerts provided for guests as an Aurora hunting aid and there are some exceptional accommodation options. We can arrange for guests travelling with Artisan to hire an alert in many destinations.  

5. Mobility is key when hunting the Aurora as you need to be able to escape any localised cloud cover; many holidays therefore include searches by snowmobile or minibus.

6. As is the case on our Artisan Travel holidays, The Aurora Zone also offer a variety of holiday paces so that guests can choose the most appropriate holiday for their desired level of activity. 

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