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Accessible Northern Lights Holidays

The Northern Lights above a frozen lake in Norway

See the most spectacular natural show on earth!

The Northern Lights is one of the most incredible natural sights in the world and a dream experience for many holidaymakers.

An amazing, dynamic spectacle that illuminates the sky in a riot of colour, its otherworldly magic has inspired myths and legends for millennia – and it’s no less captivating today. Every year, the Aurora Borealis draws visitors to the far north from around the globe and rewards them with a truly magical and moving encounter they will never forget.

We offer a range of accessible ways to experience the Northern Lights, from disabled-adapted accommodation and tours to wheelchair-friendly cruises – ensuring a Northern Lights holiday can be enjoyed by all.

Where to see the Northern Lights

Blue Northern Lights over snowy mountains in Lofoten, Norway

The Northern Lights are most frequently visible in the Aurora Oval, a vast band that stretches around the globe between 66°N and 69°N. In Europe this means the top locations for seeing the Lights are the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, plus Iceland; while farther afield there are also excellent viewing conditions in Canada, Alaska, Russia and Greenland. They’re visible even farther north too, in places like Svalbard, and sometimes even as far south as the north coast of Scotland.

Strictly speaking, there’s no “best” country in which to see the lights – the Aurora looks magnificent in all of them, so deciding where to go comes down to personal preference, budget and your level of accessibility requirements. Speak with our expert travel agents to find the perfect place for you!

One other thing to consider is that light pollution from big cities can negatively affect the visibility of the Northern Lights, so the best experiences are often found in more remote locales. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to be camping out in the middle of nowhere, though. A typical accessible Northern Lights experience can involve staying in a comfy hotel during the day and heading out to the countryside to see the lights on an evening tour.

Northern Lights Holiday Types

There are lots of different ways to see the Northern Lights, whether it’s with a stay at a purposefully designed Northern Lights hotel, a wheelchair-accessible Lights Chasing tour, or a peaceful Northern Lights cruise

Accessible Swedish Lapland Apartments

Northern Lights at wheelchair-friendly holiday accommodation in Lapland
Disabled husky sledding in Lapland
Wheelchair-accessible holiday home in Lapland

Looking for a stay in magical Lapland with Northern Lights tours included? These disabled-friendly apartments in northern Sweden are the perfect choice. A one-week holiday package includes two Northern Lights sightseeing drives, plus a host of other activities, including a husky sled dog ride, a visit to an Arctic moose farm and a trip to meet the local reindeer. Wheelchair-accessible transport to and from the airport and throughout your stay is also included in the price.

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Accessible Northern Lights Hotels

Northern Lights above Santa Claus's Village, Rovaniemi, Finland

Santa Claus's Village, Lapland
Located at the heart of Santa Claus’s village in the Arctic Circle, this four-star resort combines the Northern Lights with visits to see Santa!

The Northern Lights above an accessible hotel in Hella, Iceland

Hella, Iceland
An accessible lodge-style boutique hotel perfect for viewing the Northern Lights and enjoying Iceland’s stunning landscapes. It even has its own observatory!

Accessible 3 star hotel in Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway
A welcoming, modern hotel boasting magnificent views over Tromso harbour. Tromso is an ideal base for Aurora chasing tours, plus husky sled rides and whale watching safaris.

Looking for another destination? Call us on 0161 804 9898 and we’ll search for the best accessible accommodation to suit you!

Northern Lights Cruises

A number of cruise lines offer accessible Northern Lights cruises which sail to Iceland or past the Arctic Circle and along the coast of northern Norway for a great view of the lights. These cruises usually depart from and return to the UK and include overnight stays in northerly ports, where you can see the breathtaking lightshows from the comfort of your cruise ship deck. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll also be able to enjoy other fantastic experiences like whale watching, husky sledding and reindeer encounters.

If you book with us, we’ll guarantee you a disabled-friendly cabin and find the best cruise to meet your accessibility requirements.

Call us on 0161 804 9898 for details on all the latest Northern Lights cruises.

Read our blog post about sailing to the Northern Lights!

Popular Northern Lights Cruises - Call 0161 804 9898 to BOOK!

From £1,679pp

Northern lights in Norway

Norway and Northern Lights

P&O

Round-trip from Southampton

12 nights

28 Feb - 11 Mar 2020

Southampton - Alta (overnight in port) - Tromso (overnight in port) - Alesund - Stavanger - Southampton

From £1,499pp

Northern Lights over a frozen lake in Norway

Norway and Northern Lights

P&O

Round-trip from Southampton

12 nights

11 Mar - 23 Mar 2020

Southampton - Andalsnes - Tromso (overnight in port) - Alta (overnight in port) - Stavanger - Southampton

From £1,399pp

Northern Lights over a red house in the snow in northern Norway

Wintertime Norway

Fred Olsen

Round-trip from Newcastle

11 nights

18 Mar - 29 Mar 2020

Newcastle - Narvik - Alta (overnight in port) - Tromso - Bodo - Newcastle

When to see the Northern Lights

Green Northern Lights over a snowy scene in northern Norway

The Northern Lights appear from late August to mid April; however, your chances of a good sighting will be significantly increased from late September to late March when there is less daylight.

December and January bring the darkest conditions, often with only a couple of hours of daylight (or polar light) each day; however, it will be slightly milder from September to November and February to March. In these months you’ll have a chance of seeing the lights from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., with the highest probability at around 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Don’t forget!

Northern Lights holidays are cold! (Yes, we know that sounds obvious, but it has to be said!) Conditions will naturally vary a lot depending on your destination, but wherever you go you’ll need to wrap up warm. We suggest dressing with base layers, coats, scarves, hats and gloves, as temperatures will usually be well below freezing.

Another thing to remember is that Northern Lights sightings are dependent on weather conditions, meaning no holiday is 100% guaranteed to get you a clear view of the lights. As such it can be a good idea to make your trip about more than just seeing the lights. Think husky sledding, visiting Santa, moose and reindeer encounters and accessible skiing!

To find the perfect Northern Lights holiday that suits you and your requirements, give us a call on 0161 804 9898 to speak to one of our friendly experts. Or fill in our contact form.

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