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Aurora Lights, where?

Trying to fulfill my bucket list. I tried that at Finland but the display was



Was at a travel fair and was told by one travel agent that Iceland have better chances compared to Finland but another travel company says Finland have better. BUT neither was willing to give money back on it. I am a tat skeptical on the company trying to sell the Finland to me stating that in 90 trips last year, only 1 group didn't see it.

Like the milkway, I know that it's not possible to see if the moon is full and high in the sky. I could be wrong.

I don't want to fork out my savings for another trip failed trip. So any advice on which country I should put my saving on?

Or maybe just go to Canada. But for me to get to Canada would be more than double the amount to Europe.
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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

Iceland is supposed to be worth a try. We fancy a trip there anyway so the Northern Lights would be an excellent bonus. Had a brief glimpse in Canada, right down offf the coast in BC, but it was a bit ‘blink and you’ll miss it’. Certainly nothing like the spectacular displays often pictured.

Whoops, you’d already mentioned Iceland, sorry!

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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

I know where you're coming from, but whether I'll ever get around to seeing them in person is another matter :<(

However, I've come across this website (https://lightsoverlapland.com/) with fantastic webcam images with very regular aurorae, whenever darkness sets in. Even 17 hours ago they were visible! They also do photo holidays.
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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

Andy Stables on the Isle of Skye in Scotland is well 'clued up' on aurora:

https://aurora-alerts.uk/

He also show aurora alerts for Iceland and Europe.

If you go to the bottom of the page there's an info button that gives Facebook links (I don't subscribe to Facebook, but maybe you do.)

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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

The north of Scotland is well worth a try. If you don't see the aurora you can still enjoy it.

I fancy taking a rail trip up there sometime. That would be a double bonus.
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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

Hurtigruten run a 11 day ferry service from Bergen to Kirkenes in Norway. They run every day. Take the trip in winter and you have an incredible good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. They will often give a free voyage if you do not see the lights during the trip.
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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

11 days right round the north of Norway?? You’re more likely to see your own stomach lining during that trip! You’ll be praying for an early death long before you see the Northern Lights!
Joking aside, it would be a fantastic trip if you had decent (calm!) weather, amazing wildlife surely?
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11 days right round the north of Norway?? Youíre more likely to see your own stomach lining during that trip! Youíll be praying for an early death long before you see the Northern Lights!
Joking aside, it would be a fantastic trip if you had decent (calm!) weather, amazing wildlife surely?
Yeah - we've all seen wartime films of convoys going around the North Cape. Mountainous seas, snow and chipping ice off the superstructure. Though I guess you won't need to avoid U-Boats nowadays!

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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

Jim, you’ve made my point very succinctly, although having been seasick on several occasions, not as many I hasten to add as my long suffering wife, I suspect an active U-Boat could come as a welcome solution to the problem!
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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

Ho ho ho
I see the clowns have been let out for a walk.

I did the trip a few years back but in the Summer - I do not like cold weather. However some friends from Florida did the trip in November /December one year, they saw the lights on several occasions.

As the service is a "postal service it calls in at about 30 ports on the way up and down delivering and collecting goods and people. The longest section on "open" sea was about 5 hours, apart from that it is inshore sailing never far from land.

Apart from the postal service the ships take up to about a thousand cruise passengers who get an excellent cruise service.
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Jim, you’ve made my point very succinctly, although having been seasick on several occasions, not as many I hasten to add as my long suffering wife, I suspect an active U-Boat could come as a welcome solution to the problem!
A friend of mine's father was on a destroyer, escorting convoys around the North Cape to Murmansk. The Russian Embassy recently awarded him and the other the crews the 'Arctic Star' medal. We took him to Chatham historic dockyard a few years ago and they treated him like a hero. I guess that if the OP (Henry) goes around the North Cape, the Russians won't award him the medal, even though he'll be a hero!


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However some friends from Florida did the trip in November /December one year, they saw the lights on several occasions.
What, reflected in the sea as they leaned over the side throwing up?


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Apart from the postal service the ships take up to about a thousand cruise passengers who get an excellent cruise service.
...and at this point (a thousand passengers) I delete the link I saved for future reference.
Sorry but this isnít for us, I appreciate the bigger the ship the less chance of rough weather affecting stability but weíre not old enough to go on such a huge ship. I donít know what I imagined but I was attracted by the Lights and didnít consider the reality.
Looks like it still might be Iceland then, Iíd better get writing those emails to the various Icelandic government departments to express my disgust at their continued whaling activities.
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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

Have a look at the web site of discover-the-world.com. Based in the UK and very good at what they do. I enquired about their trips and they sent me a free copy of a book titled Northern Lights by Polly Evans. A slim paperback, full of information and even a section on photography. We didn’t go in the end because my wife cannot stand the cold.

Disclaimer: I worked in the travel business for 15 years and got to know the founders of discover the world and thought them to be highly ethical. They are also members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) so you get financial protection.

Good Luck!

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Re: Aurora Lights, where?

Some years back, 2011/12, I took a return cruise around the North Cape in Norway.

One thing to remember is, that seeing the lights cannot be guaranteed.The Lady Aurora is, by nature, very elusive. Try this link -- > https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/inspir...rthern-lights/

This is the cruise line I used - Polarlys - was the ship I was on – and, I was very impressed by the customer service standards of the crew… the meals were also excellent.

The web-site map shows the stops en-route with free time on shore and extra options to be had for a price.
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