Northern lights – a luxury holiday of a lifetime


December 2013 is set to be a rather special time for a natural phenomenon on many a travel-lover’s bucket list – the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. One of the most beautiful natural sights you’re likely to encounter, next month will be a peak time to witness the spectacle. Last Sunday, Adrian Bridge wrote a comprehensive piece in the Saturday Telegraph on his pick of the best places to view the Northern Lights.

His article notes a few of the fabulous tours available which are specifically catered to those wishing to see the skyward display. “To meet with what is proving to be a surge in demand,” says Adrian, “Specialist operators have expanded their aurora borealis programmes for this winter.”

From Norway to Scotland, Canada to Sweden, Adrian lists a whole host of top destinations to see the lights. But for us, there’s no better spot to see the Aurora Borealis - as well as have a luxurious break full of all the five-star treatment you’d expect from an ITC Classics holiday - than Iceland. With that in mind we thought we’d let you in on all the details of an ITC tour to see the Northern Lights for those wanting to take advantage of this ideal time to head north. Our chosen itinerary includes some of the best places to view the Aurora, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world.

Just a three-hour flight from Manchester, our luxury tour takes you into the heart of Iceland with a stop in the cosmopolitan capital city of Reykjavik. You’ll also visit The Blue Lagoon - a natural geothermal spa surrounded by lava field and black sandy beaches. As Adrian says, it’s best to: “…build in lots of the additional activities that also make trips to the far north so special”. Our own itinerary includes a journey to the Geyser - an erupting hot spring spouting up to 90 feet in the air - and a Safari Tour of Thorsmork, a stunning area of mountains, glaciers and glacial rivers.

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