The Northern Lights are on most people’s bucket lists and while it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you don’t necessarily need to break the bank for a chance to see the Aurora Borealis.
In fact there are plenty of budget-friendly packages on offer if you want to visit the best countries for spotting the Northern Lights, not to mention cheap tours and excursions that aim to give yourself the best possible odds for witnessing the natural phenomenon.
The best time to try and see the lights tends to be from November through to March, but sometimes if you opt for either end of the peak season you can find some great deals and still have a chance of seeing the lights.
As there is no guarantee you’ll witness the lights, it’s worth considering places where there’s plenty more to explore; think the likes of dog sledding, hiking trails, reindeer feeding and beautiful landscapes.
We’ve put together a guide on finding cheap Northern Lights holidays to give you a helping hand…
Oh, and of course if you are on a budget, you could always opt for a visit to one of the UK spots where you can see the Northern Lights!
Best places for cheap Northern Lights packages
Whether you’re thinking of exploring the more remote regions of the Arctic Circle, or want a city break where you can take day trips out to the snowy landscapes, there are plenty of travel firms offering budget-friendly options.
easyJet Holidays : Iceland, Sweden, Scotland and Northern Ireland are some of the destinations on offer, with flight and hotel package deals starting from £224pp. This won’t include Northern Lights excursions, but it’s a great starting point if you are after a city break with day trips to see the Aurora.
Secret Escapes : The hotels booking website often offers up luxury breaks to the likes of Iceland with Northern Lights tours, and there are discounts of up to 60 per cent to be had. You’ll often need to be quick as the deals are often only available for a few days – check out what’s on offer here .
Lastminute.com: If you’re after a late deal on a flight and hotel package to top Northern Lights destinations, Lastminute can be a handy tool no matter what your budget.
Jet2Holidays: The firm offers Reykjavik city breaks where you can also include Northern Lights tours.
Cruise holidays: Cruises can be a great way of exploring a variety of Aurora viewing hotspots, not to mention itineraries often include exciting Arctic adventures. We’ve put together a guide to the best Northern Lights cruises to give you a helping hand.
Looking for a last-minute deal? Groupon and Wowcher often have discounted breaks with prices from £69pp, while Lastminute.com can be a good source for flight and hotel packages that won’t break the bank.
Where to find budget-friendly Northern Lights tours
If you’ve managed to find a cheap package, or found budget-friendly flights and a hotel stay separately, there comes the added cost for dedicated Northern Lights tours and excursions.
It’s wiser to opt for a guided tour or trail, as you’ll be in freezing landscapes so if you don’t know the lay of the land it can be quite dangerous. (Plus, guides know the best spots for ideal Aurora sightseeing conditions!).
Luckily there are some great sources for cheap Northern Lights tours – including escorted holidays that will offer you a taste of the best of the Arctic Circle’s offerings.
Meanwhile, Icelandair currently offers packages from £299pp which include your flights, a hotel stay and even a Northern Lights hunt tour.