Nature's light show

One of the world's most amazing natural events is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Now you can Follow the Northern Lights with Bentours on an exclusive 14-day tour of Scandinavia visiting Norway and Finnish Lapland with only one departure date. 

Predictions from NASA indicate that this coming European winter will produce the best Northern Lights in a decade, so this tour is bound to fill up fast. Combining the expertise of knowledgeable guides, it has been carefully planned around the best vantage points for viewing the incredible Northern Lights phenomenon.

Departing from Bergen, Norway, on 5th February 2014, the tour includes a seven day coastal voyage on board a Hurtigruten vessel along Norway's picturesque fjords, taking in historic coastal towns, and Sami culture. The ship provides the perfect viewing platform to see the lights against the dark night sky, away from the artificial light of towns and cities.

Disembarking in Kirkenes, Norway, tour highlights for the second half of the trip include a husky dog safari through the icy wilderness, an overnight stay in a heated glass igloo where guests can admire the night sky from the comfort of their warm bed, as well as a visit to Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus and one of Finland's best skiing areas.

Scandinavia is not the only region where Mother Nature's Technicolor light show, 90 to 500 kilometres above the earth's surface, can be seen during the annual four months of prime viewing.

Northern Canada is also beckoning visitors who they invite to 'race to the window or run outside to see ribbons of green, red, blue and purple rippling across the sky, gathering momentum until the Northern Lights shimmer and loop over the entire horizon in surreal swathes of colour.'

Watch in silence in Nunavut and you'll understand how many Inuit believe the lights become so intense they sing or crackle. Grab a front row seat in fall, winter and early spring when nights are long and dark. Try your luck at fly-fishing for Arctic Char by the lights of the Aurora in far Northern Quebec or pair light-peeping in the Northwest Territories with a locally sourced, gourmet meal of caribou, or pickerel plucked from an icy lake near your log lodge.

The Aurora is so bright it can light the way for snowmobilers on Labrador's epic Cain's Quest or for dog mushers and cross-country skiers in the Yukon. But the breathtaking displays are just as enjoyable from within the cozy confines of a cabin, tent or glimpsed through the steam of an outdoor hot tub in the lap of luxury. Then slide under a duvet or into a sleeping bag and dream of Technicolor cosmic fairies.

 

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