Seeing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but the good news is that you won’t need to break the bank for a chance to see the Aurora Borealis.
Nowadays there are plenty of budget-friendly packages on offer to the best countries for spotting the Northern Lights, as well as brilliant cheap tours and excursions to give yourself the best possible odds for the natural phenomenon.
Because there’s no guarantee that you’ll see them, it’s worth looking for destinations where there is plenty more to see and do during your wintry getaway too – think the likes of dog sledding, reindeer feeding, and incredible snowy hiking trails for a unique adventure.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together the ultimate guide for finding cheap Northern Lights holidays…
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.
It’s also worth noting that there are some cruises which take you to plenty of the best Aurora sightseeing spots – check out our guide to the best Northern Lights cruises for inspiration.
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.
Thomas Cook: Thomas Cook has plenty of cheap breaks to Reykjavik on offer, which include options to go in search of the Aurora. However if you want to really put the odds in their favour, there are dedicated tours and holidays to the likes of Finland and Iceland.
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, where guides can take you to the best spots in remote landscapes on clear nights for ideal Aurora viewing conditions.
It is wiser to opt for a guided tour or trail, as you’ll be in freezing landscapes and if you don’t know the area like the back of your hand, you could be putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
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.