Tour operators to the northern lights

02/07/2015 10:40

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

A number of tour operators include northern lights viewing trips amongst their worldwide portfolios. Here is a list of recommended operators.

UK

Best Served Scandinavia

Dorset House, 27–45 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NT; 020 7838 5956; enquire@best-served.co.uk; www.best-served.co.uk

As an out and out tailor-made Scandinavia specialist, Best Served Scandinavia is a go-to tour operator for holidays to the Nordic regions – from the northerm lights to the ICEHOTEL, husky sledding and Lapland. They have recently extended their expertise in cold climates to tours in Canada.

Discover the World

Arctic Hse, 8 Bolters Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2AR; 01737 214250; travel@discover-the-world.co.uk; www.discover-the-world.co.uk

A pioneer of tourism in Lapland and the Arctic, and world leader in travel to Iceland and the ICEHOTEL, Discover the World has poured 35 years of expertise, enthusiasm and passion into its award-winning winter breaks. It was the UK’s first tour operator to offer a dedicated northern lights holiday and has long been at the forefront of promoting the north during the snowiest months of the year. Its exclusive direct flight from Heathrow to Kiruna, whisks guests directly to Swedish Lapland in just 3½ hours – by far the best way to plan a short break at the Icehotel and Abisko Mountain Station. Each holiday embraces the culture and lifestyle of the local region, offering a variety of activities from snowmobiling and husky sledding to meeting reindeer, ice sculpting and traditional wood-burning saunas. End the day with delicious cuisine and the promise of characterful accommodation from the frozen Icehotel to designer treehouses, cosy log cabins and wilderness lodges. All of this in the heart of ‘aurora country’ where every consideration is given to maximising the chances of seeing the northern lights whether out on an excursion or relaxing in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub. Discover the World travel specialists are experts in all destinations on offer, which include Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Alaska and Canada. Advice is offered on holidays that perfectly reflect wish lists, timeframes and budgets while a unique 100% guarantee gives that final peace of mind while away. 

Explore!

Nelson Hse, 55 Victoria Rd, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7PA; 01252 883508; sales@explore.co.uk; www.explore.co.uk.

Specialises in small-group adventure holidays to more than 120 countries worldwide. Observing the northern lights is possible – if they show – on Explore’s adventure trips to Iceland.

Hurtigruten

Bedford Hse, 69–79 Fulham High St, London SW6 3JW; 020 3131 2281; uk.sales@hurtigruten.com; www.hurtigruten.co.uk.

Hurtigruten’s various northern lights cruises are based around Norway’s fjords & Arctic coastline. In addition to mainstream itineraries, it offers specialist trips such as astronomy voyages.

Nordic Experience

39 Crouch St, Colchester CO3 3EN; 01206 708888; reservations@nordicexperience.co.uk; www.nordicexperience.co.uk.

Nordic Experience is a leading independent UK tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays & private tours to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland & Greenland, as well as exclusive small group Father Christmas & New Year adventures. It draws on the expert knowledge of its staff, all of whom have travelled extensively in the region. They are on hand to offer you first-class recommendations as to when & where to travel, & how to maximise your chances of viewing the aurora borealis.

Regent Holidays

6th floor, Colston Tower, Colston St, Bristol BS1 4XE; 020 3811 5554; regent@regentholidays.co.uk; www.regentholidays.co.uk.

With over 40 years’ experience, Regent Holidays offers an extensive range of northern lights holidays to Iceland, Greenland, Finland & Norway, including group tours, city breaks & fly-drives. In addition to their suggested itineraries, the Bristol-based team of knowledgeable & experienced travel specialists can tailor-make your perfect winter itinerary to incorporate a variety of activities including husky & reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, Arctic cruises, snowshoeing & more.

Sunvil Discovery

Sunvil Hse, Upper Sq, Old Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 7BJ; 020 8758 4722; discovery@sunvil.co.uk; www.sunvil.co.uk/discovery.

Sunvil Discovery uses its local knowledge & first-hand experience to carefully craft its holidays in Swedish Lapland & northern Norway to meet individual requirements. Holidays can include stays at the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, at the Tree Hotel in Harads & at the Aurora Safari Camp in Gunnarsbyn as well as visits to Abisko, snowmobile & dog-sled tours, hovercraft excursions across the frozen sea & aurora hunts.

Scandinavia Only

PO Box 176, Tofts Hse, Tofts Rd, Cleckheaton, West Yorks BD19 3WX; 01274 875199; office@taberhols.co.uk; www.taberhols.co.uk.

Specialising in Scandinavia, Taber Holidays’ trips include a 3-night break to Tromsø in Norway as well as winter holidays in Finland, Greenland, Iceland & Sweden.

Canada

The Great Canadian Travel Company

164 Marion St, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2C3S3; +1 204 949 0199, toll-free: 1 800 661 3830; sales@gctravel.ca; www.greatcanadiantravel.com.

The Great Canadian Travel Company has been operating tours to the Arctic for over 30 years, specialising in Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands & Norway. Experiences include northern lights viewing, wildlife watching, escorted tours, expedition cruises & fly/drive programmes. It caters to both independent travellers & groups, & offers personalised individual itineraries as well as customised group services.

Northern Tales 

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada; +1 867 667 6054; info@northerntales.ca; www.northerntales.ca.

This is your one-stop shop for northern lights & winter adventure in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The Basic Aurora Borealis Package is award winning & a Canadian Signature Experience (by Canadian Tourism Commission). It also offers dog mushing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cabin rentals, trips to the Arctic Circle & ice roads.


To read more about the northern lights and where to see them, read our dedicated guide:

Northern Lights, Bradt Travel Guides

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