In 2024, we’re gearing up for one of the most spectacular northern light displays in over two decades! Experts say that between January and October next year, due to the sun’s increased activity, the range and intensity of the lights is expected to grow. Recently, there have even been sightings as far south as Stonehenge - just down the road from DA HQ!
The science behind the magic...
Every shimmering glow of the Northern lights originates from the sun, specifically sunspots, which release charged particles from the sun’s surface into space, some of which travel towards Earth. Most of these particles are deflected by the earth’s magnetic field, but some enter at the poles, where they react with our planet’s atmosphere, leading to the aurora borealis' radiant hues.
This process is continuous. However, the amount of energy released by the sun changes over time, and right now, we are heading towards a period of high activity referred to as solar maximum, which occurs on a cycle of around 11 years.
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Several factors determine the colours in the Northern Lights, like the altitude at which the particles have entered the Earth's atmosphere, which gasses are most 'excited' by the particles, and, of course, the colours most easily spotted by the human eye.
Green is the most predominant colour we see as it is the one most easily detected by the naked eye. Due to the altitude at which the particles usually enter our atmosphere, they collide with a higher concentration of oxygen, which causes the aurora to appear in shades of green. Photographs may pick up purples, pinks, blues, and occasionally red.
For those adventurers keen on witnessing this cosmic spectacular first-hand, regions like Iceland and Finland present prime viewing spots. Their remote locations, away from urban light pollution, offer optimal conditions to experience their magic.
And that’s where we come in! We have two amazing trips to help you tick this off your Wanderlust List...
Northern Lights Winter Trek - Iceland
Our Northern Lights Winter Trek takes us to the edge of the Arctic Circle in Iceland. We’ll make our way through one of Europe’s greatest wildernesses, comprised of hot springs, volcanic landscapes and waterfalls combined with the rich culture of literature and folklore.
"This was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget." Tanya
Arctic Adventure - Finland
Our Arctic Adventure is jam-packed with activities, and we’ll be snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and husky sledging through beautiful Finnish vistas, experiencing peaceful frozen lakes and snow-covered forests.
"A challenge for the body and a balm for the soul. Our Arctic Adventure was everything we'd hoped for." Rebecca
On both trips, we’ll spend the evening hours enjoying the incredible night skies, a perfect opportunity to sit back and watch the earth’s most fantastic light show unfold.
Turn your eyes to the skies...
The best time to see the Northern Lights is usually between 9 pm and 2 am, with the optimal viewing window occurring between 11 pm and midnight.
So, if you want to tick this natural wonder off your bucket list, join us for our Northern Lights Winter Trek or Arctic Adventure, both departing on the 6th March 2024 and receive £50 off your registration fees using the code DAGIFT.
We’ll see you there!