The Northern Lights

#1
I am being harrassed by Mrs D_N to take her and the offspring to see the Northern Lights. A quick google and some robbing cruise operator wanted £2000 - EACH! **** that

Has any Arrser done it? what is the DS solution? Gotta be a cheaper way of seeing this natural beauty?
 
#3
Go to John O'Groats in the middle of winter - I've been told you can see them from there on a clear night. Cheap and she'll never want to return! Failing that You can see them from BATUS, but from there you can only see the lights, rather than the swirling itself, Northern Canada might be more successful.
 
#4
There is no guarantee that you will see them as it's down to weather and atmospheric conditions. Mrs RP and I went to Iceland and saw them there.
We booked our own flights and hotels online and signed up for trips at the hotel. The hotel lobby had a computer which showed the likelihood of the northern lights showing.
I cant remember how much it was though as I have slept since then, but it was cheaper than a cruise.
 
C

cloudbuster

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#5
Blackpool Illuminations? She'll never know the difference. Or if you're intent on visiting the Far North, there's a pub of that name on Great Northern St, Aberdeen.
 
#6
RP thanks for that. Easyjet time!
 
#8
A flight to Narvik or Tromso. Norway is also expensive, though, and you'll need a decent weather window.
 
#9
Is Iceland still as expensive since it went bust? I guess inflation is high, but compared to the credit boom?
 

Command_doh

LE
Book Reviewer
#12
I missed it in Kiruna, Sweden when I went in for another pint. Hit or miss depending on the location, cloud cover and time of year. The whole thing can go tits up if the weather sets in and is miserable. Wrong kind of cloud, snow, rain - all that shit.
 
#13
We were there March 2010 and the place was expensive, but not 2k per person expensive. We booked through expedia.co.uk and stayed in the hotel Bjork in Rekyavik. As the hotel was bed and breakfast we made the most of the breakfast by stuffing ourselves on it and making sandwiches for lunch from the buffet breakfast bar.
Mrs RP thinks it was about £400 pp plus trip cost and food when we got there. Have a read of the lonely planet book for trip and best places to eat.
 

Alsacien

MIA
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#14
I'm leaving on Saturday for Northern Finland for my annual cross country skiing season start boot camp. Been doing it the same week for 6 years and see them well on average every other year....a week of cloud/snow is more the norm.
 

TheIronDuke

ADC
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#15
I am from up north and I can get hold of some lights.
£200 each and a better offer you will not find even on Ebay.
LancePrivateJones is a lying bastard. I bought some fairy lights off of him in good faith last Christmas and put them on the tree. They went BANG and set fire to the dogs tail. He ran off and his flaming tail set fire to the curtains. The rest is history. I am still in therapy. Bastard.

The Northern Lights is a hit or miss affair. You need to get up North, Finland way. But in a week up there, there is no guarantee you will see them. Depends upon all sorts of weird meteorological shit. But there is ice hotels, husky dog sledging, those jet-ski's that run on ice and mental Scowegian rally driver types. I'd say book your own stuff on Expedia then make friends once you are up there. You will have a better time than booking some ******* £2k tour operator from the UK.

And Santa lives there.
 
#17
I'm leaving on Saturday for Northern Finland for my annual cross country skiing season start boot camp. Been doing it the same week for 6 years and see them well on average every other year....a week of cloud/snow is more the norm.
Could you be so kind as to bring 60kg of Suvi Teräsniska back for me? I'll pay the baggage costs.
 
#18
I saw them once.

Breathtaking.

Great, slowly arcing, curtains of emerald green, across the night sky - from horizon to horizon - further than the eye could see.

Took me a few seconds to grasp what I was seeing. It was genuinely awesome.

Didn't cost me a penny. I was with the AMF(L) in Norway and happened to be moving between campsites at the time.

Tour operators cannot guarantee you will see the Lights. So why pay them a premium price, for an odds-OFF bet?

Do a bit of research, and shop around. Above all - don't expect to see **** all. TheLights didn't even show up for St Joanna Of Lumley, FFS: think of themn as a potential extra, and plan your visit around certainties: like tax so high you'd need a second mortgage to buy a whisky.
 

TheIronDuke

ADC
Book Reviewer
#20
like tax so high you'd need a second mortgage to buy a whisky.
I tend to jam an ounce of skunk, a couple of grams of ching and a bottle of aspirin up my ********. This is dangerous, painful and humiliating. But it is better than the pain of ordering a bottle of Grolsch anywhere near the Arctic Circle.
 
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