If you’ve been wondering whether or not to take the plunge with a northern lights holiday, perhaps this will help spur you on to making a decision – this winter is anticipated to provide some of the best northern lights viewing conditions for the next decade, boosting your chances of being able to witness the beauty of the aurora borealis first-hand with truly dramatic displays being expected.
What makes this winter a peak viewing time?
Well, the frequency and intensity of northern lights activity is dependent upon an 11-year solar cycle, and by December there should be what’s termed as a solar flip (a reversal of the sun’s solar magnetic poles) which offers the best conditions for viewing this display of light. We’re in a period of maximum solar activity which already had one peak in 2011/2012, leading to spectacular displays being witnessed over the past two winters, and with the second peak on the way we should continue to see strong sightings this winter and into the next. This is expected to be the most intense period of activity for the next 11 years, so if you want to maximise your chances of seeing this phenomenon over the next cycle now’s definitely the time to book.
Of course, sightings of the northern lights can never be guaranteed. Or can they? Apparently, they can – at least if you head to Reykjavik. A new attraction promises to give travellers guaranteed sightings of the majestic, swirling light show without needing to spend hours in sub-zero temperatures – the Aurora Reykjavik uses HD projectors to recreate the beauty of the northern lights to immerse visitors in its beautiful green glow, meaning that even if you’re not lucky enough to witness the display in person you can get the next best thing. It should help minimise disappointment, at least…
Experience the delights of a north pole holiday
If you’ve got your heart set on visiting the north pole this winter you’ll be in great company, but of course, there’s more to it than the northern lights. Why not take the opportunity to indulge in everything else the arctic circle has to offer? You might like to stay in the ice hotel in Sweden for a truly unique holiday, or perhaps you want to try your hand at one of the many outdoor activities on offer. Or, for ardent photographers, you can head off on special tours to increase your chances of witnessing these beautiful displays even more – for the best results you’ll want to turn off your camera’s flash, use a wide-angle lens and a long shutter speed, and don’t forget your tripod.
Given that the last few years have offered truly stunning shows with all the colours of this natural phenomenon you could be in for a real treat, so what are you waiting for? Book your holiday for this very winter and you stand the best possible chance of seeing the northern lights in all their glory. For the next few years at least.