Specialist UK Northern Lights travel company, Off the Map Travel, has teamed up with the ‘Aurora Addicts’ to give Aussies a unique opportunity to give chase to the Northern Aurora.
Off the Map Travel Director and Northern Lights expert Jonny Cooper says he has had phenomenal interest in recent years from Australians wanting to tick the Northern Aurora off their bucket list, but most aren’t sure where to start.
So, the former climbing, canoeing and mountain biking instructor, who has taken thousands of people into the Arctic to experience the phenomenon, has come up with a novel way for Aussies to experience it – chasing the Northern Lights across the Arctic Circle in Norway with the ‘Aurora Addicts’.
The ‘Addicts’, a family of six addicted to the Northern Lights spent seven years hunting the lights on holidays to Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway, before they undertook the ultimate Northern Lights pilgrimage taking their seven metre long motorhome for five months chasing the Aurora across Lapland.
Jonny says the ‘Aurora Addicts’, Chris, Becki and their family, have honed their skills in reading both the Aurora and weather patterns to predict the best spot to experience the Aurora and once they have the coordinates – the chase is on.
“Surrounded by spectacular mountains, fjords and islands, guests will be based in Sortland from which they will enjoy a true Arctic experience. As well as the highlight of chasing the Northern Lights, there’s the chance to join a dog sledding adventure, meet the Sami people, go to a local reindeer farm or go to the small fishing villages of Langoya and Nyksund.”
Tours run until March on select dates each month where you are likely to visit the areas of Lofoten, Andenes, Sortland, Melbu, Storkmarknes, Harstad, Lødingen, Kvaefjord, Gullesfjord, Nyksund and Bø in Norway.
The best time to see the Northern Lights is September to March.