Liz Jarvis is a well-known travel expert and the Editor of Cruise International

Seek out the Northern Lights on a cruise © iStock
Seek out the Northern Lights on a cruise © iStock

Q. My sister and I are desperate to see the Northern Lights – when is the best time to see them on a cruise?

A. The Northern Lights (aurora borealis) are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world – and the advantage of viewing them on a cruise is the sky is unpolluted so you get the full spectrum of colours. Take a cruise up to the top of Norway, near the Russian border at Kirkenes, and you’re pretty much guaranteed sightings at the right time of year – which tends to be between January and March, when the sky is dark and clear and the mountains are covered in snow. Of course, as the lights are natural that doesn’t mean you can’t see them at other times of the year (and indeed, in summer in Iceland).

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