Whether you know them as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis or Norðrljós (as they are known in the Norse language), this breath-taking spectacle is one that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. You may have seen this amazing natural phenomenon in films or on TV documentaries, but there is nothing like being there and witnessing Mother Nature’s most eye-catching performance first hand.
The term Aurora Borealis comes from the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek word Boreas; meaning north wind. Scientists now know that this effect is caused by the collision of ions within the solar winds, but before this was discovered there were many different theories as to what the cause of this stunning light show was. Whilst the aboriginal Australians used to believe that the light was caused by bush fires in the spirit world, Benjamin Franklin theorised that it was a result of electrical charges that had been increased by the moisture in the snow around the Polar Regions.
Whichever way you look at this magnificent spectacle, it really does warrant being the basis of your adventure. Take a look at the trips below to find expeditions that are specifically aimed at catching a glimpse of this emotive natural event.