On most people's bucket list, the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis has been mesmerising those who witness them since time began. Playing a significant role in the ancient mythology of the people of the north, they have been attributed to gods and goddesses appearing as mortals, spirits or souls dancing across the sky, and even a magical fox sweeping his tail across the landscape spraying snow up into the sky.

Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and Boreas, the Greek name for the north wind, we now know that this natural lightshow is caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere…although the theory of a magical fox seems far more romantic to us.

Our friends at NASA have forecast the strongest Northern Lights activity in 50 years this coming winter, so if you have always wanted to see this majestic sight, now is the time.

To further increase your chances of witnessing the Northern Lights, experts recommend spending as long as you can within the Arctic Circle, so countries such as Iceland, Greenland and the north of Norway should all be considered. And what better way to see this phenomenon than on a Northern Lights cruise! We have handpicked a range of Norway options which give ample time and therefore opportunity to see not only the Lights but also the beautiful coastline of Norway, which takes on a completely different look and feel during the winter months. So if you've cruised the fjords before, it is well worth revisiting the destination.

Hurtigruten offers a wide range of departures which combine the prospect of the world's greatest light show with an exciting range of activities such as a visit to a snow hotel, husky dog sledge safari and even snow mobiling.

However, there are also more laid back itineraries ranging from a quick 5 day hop from Tromso to Kirkenes and back again, all the way to The Classic Round Voyage which takes you from Bergen in the South of Norway

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Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Adventures.

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