The Northern Lights are on most people’s bucket lists, but if you want to see the Aurora Borealis it’s all about timing – and your destination.
Cruises can be a handy way of putting the odds in your favour as plenty of cruise lines offer dedicated Northern Lights sailings, stopping off at Arctic Circle hotspots and offering up excursions for seeing the Aurora.
Of course there’s never a guarantee you’ll see the lights, but even if you don’t the itineraries boast plenty of exciting adventures, landscapes and sights.
To give you a helping hand we’ve picked out some of our favourite Northern Lights cruises for 2019/2020 which need to be on your radar.
As the best time to see the Northern Lights is between November through to March, we’ve looked for sailings during the peak season.
Check out our top picks below…
This 14-night sailing includes four days in Arctic Norway with an extended call at Tromso to coincide with the city’s epic Sami National day celebrations, while an overnight stay in Alta dubbed the ‘Northern Lights town’ offers you the ideal opportunity to look out for the Aurora.
You’ll also get plenty of chances to see the Norwegian Fjords when they’re at their wintry best, not to mention there are adventures to be had from exhilarating dog-sledding adventures to seeing Tromso’s iconic Arctic Cathedral.
How much? Prices from £1,599pp for 14 nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin, with a Friday 31st January 2020 departure. Click here to book .
This 12-night cruise takes you to some of Norway’s prettiest spots such as Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta and Stavanger – all of which are also hotspots for viewing the Northern Lights.
Even if you don’t get a glimpse of the Aurora there are plenty of brilliant Arctic adventures to be had, excursions where you can learn all about the local culture and wild landscapes such as the Norwegian Fjords which are spectacular on their own.
Oh, and fittingly you’ll be sailing on board the cruise ship Aurora!
How much? Prices from £1,199pp for 12 nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin with an 11th March 2020 departure. Click here to book.
Hurtigruten runs a 100% Aurora Guarantee – if you don’t see the Northern Lights during your trip, you get another voyage for free. The guarantee runs across a host of 12-night sailings – you can check out the full list on the Hurtigruten website .
How much? Prices from £986pp for 12 nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin. Varying departure dates.
This all-inclusive, 16-night cruise onboard Saga Sapphire features stops across Norway to the likes of Bergen, Alesund and Kristiansund, as well as overnight stays in Tromso and Alta.
There will be an astronomer, photographer and Norway expert on board to help you make the most of the trip, as well as heaps of fun excursions available for an Arctic getaway of a lifetime including Reindeer Sledding and a glimpe into Sami Life.
How much? Prices from £2,369pp, based on two people sharing an inside cabin with a 21st February 2020 departure. Click here to book.
Sailing on a round trip from Southampton on board Queen Victoria, this cruise will take you into the breathtaking landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords, just as their icy makeover makes them particularly enchanting.
Alesund, Tromso and Narvik are just some of the stops on the way, and just happen to be some of the best Norwegian destinations for a chance to see the Northern Lights.
How much? Prices from £1,399pp for 12 nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin, with a 16th November 2019 departure. Click here to book .
Sail round trip from Southampton to the Norwegian Fjords on board Marella Explorer with stops along the way to Norwegian destiantions including Haugesund, Flam, Geiranger, Molde, Honningsvag, Alta, Tromso, Olden and Stavanger.
How much? Prices start from £970pp for 14 nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin. Prices vary depending on departure date. Find out more on the TUI website .
Explore Arctic Circle highlights in Norway including Stavanger, Bodo, Tromso and Alta, all of which are renowned for offering some of the best chances of seeing the Aurora.
Discovering the sweeping landscapes that make Norway such an enchanting winter destination – and enjoy a host of guided tours and two excursions to make the most of your adventure.
How much? Prices from £3,790pp for 13 nights, based on two people sharing a cabin. Find out more on the Viking Cruises website .