Experience the Magical Northern Lights with Havila Voyages

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Peak season from October to March

The Northern Lights holds a scientific fascination for some. Others simply surrender to the beauty of the colourful fireworks in the middle of the dark night. While others believe in the mythical explanations, for instance that they represent the Viking god Odin's female warriors riding wildly across the sky.

What is it?

The Northern Lights are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the Earth's atmosphere. As they enter the atmosphere they collide with oxygen and nitrogen and release energy which we see as the Northern Lights.  

When do I see it?

To catch the best and brightest Northern Lights we reccommend late autumn and early spring. If you want to really up your chances, you should travel in October, February and March. These are known to be the best months for seeing the Northern Lights.

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Northern Lights Promise: a unique chance to experience the phenomenon

If you don't see the Northern Lights on your 12-day Round Voyage between 1 October to 31 March, you get a second chance for free!

Havila Castor northern lights

This means that you'll get to choose either the 7-day Voyage North from Bergen to Kirkenes, or 6-day Voyage South from Kirkenes to Bergen. Completely free of charge.


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Northern lights seen from Havila Castor. Photo by: Kari Sundli


Join an Astronomy Adventure in 2024!

Enjoy insightful lectures from astronomers aboard, deepening your understanding of the universe. Observe the spectacular Northern Lights and star constellations, free from light pollution! 

Astronomy Sailings

Travel to the Northern Lights

North- and southboundRound Voyage

Bergen → Kirkenes → Bergen

Havila castor seen from Skageflå in the Geirangerfjord. Photo: Oclin

NorthboundVoyage North

Bergen → Kirkenes

North cape

SouthboundVoyage South

Kirkenes → Bergen

Reine in Lofoten. Photo credit: Marius Beck Dahle/Havila Kystruten

*The Northern Lights Promise is only valid for the Round Voyage (Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen).

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Get inspired by inspirational and educational stories about the Northern Lights

Polar night with northern lights. Photo: Ole C. Alomonsen, visitnorway.com

Solar Activity Exceeding Predictions

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Veronica Danielsen_ Foto: Lina Hildrum

Revealing the Secrets of the Northern Lights

Learn about the Northern Lights from 28-Year-Old Physicist Veronica Danielsen, who explains it in a understandable way.


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Paul and Vicky Roatta from Miami.

The Journey to the Northern Lights

A fervent hope of seeing the northern lights led Vicky and Paul all the way from Miami to Norway. What they experienced during their voyage along the Norwegian coast exceeded all expectations.


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