The best time to see the Northern Lights is between September and April – that is over the winter! This means that it is extremely cold and there is a risk of poor weather. It also gets dark early and the sun doesn’t rise until much later in the day. For these reasons it is hard to find specific cruises to see the Northern Lights and there not currently any scheduled cruises from Newcastle in 2012 0r 2013.
Cruise to See The Northern Lights
Norway is one of the best places on earth from which to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), and what better way to see this spectacular phenomenon than from the comfort of a cruise ship while travelling along Norway’s coast.
There really is no better better way to see the northern lights. You’ll be away from any towns or cities and the light polution they cause thus giving you a crystal clear view of one of the most mesmerising sights anywhere.
Cruising up along the coast of Norway, you’ll call in at various ports and everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is having your camera or camcorder loaded with enough film to capture the dazzling display.
Many of the Northern Lights Cruise Ships and specially adapted viewing areas which allow for both indoor or outdoor viewing. If you like to feel the night air on your skin as you take in the display you can do that but if you prefer to be warm and comfortable you can relax indoors too and take in the view for hours.
If you’ve never seen the night sky from a ship before then you’ll be in for a huge surprise. Everything is much more vivid – the stars, the planets and of course the Northern Lights. There’s no haziness which you usually get when you’re in a town or city caused by light polution. The sky is much darker and everything is pin sharp.
Cruises can be for 1-2 nights or longer ones can 6-10 nights, you can pick the cruise that best suits your available time and budget.
You’ll find that the staff on board are specially trained to look after you from start to finish. We all like to be pampered and that’s exactly what you’ll get on cruises to see the northern lights.
There are usually experts on board to give talks or answer questions and information centres are available for deeper study. This is a great facility, especially for kids. You can learn all about the science and history behind the northern lights.
Of course, you won’t just be at sea, you’ll also have time to call in at various ports and discover the towns and cities along Norway’s coast. The Norwegian diet is very interesting and while on dry land you have the opportunity to sample some of the best of traditional Norwegian cuisine,
As I said above northern lights cruises are one of the best ways to see the northern lights, and if you’re already thinking about a Newcastle to Norway cruise then you should try to see the northern lights on the same cruise trip.