One of my regrets in life is that when I was 19 I saw the Northern Lights in Canada. What I regret is that I had no idea what I was seeing. I was young and not very well travelled. Social media wasn’t around bringing the world to our doorstep. And therefore I had no appreciation for what I was seeing.

I was pretty drunk and led on a trampoline watching some cool lights in the sky. I had no clue it was Aurora Borealis, and quite how special it was to see it.

One day I hope to rectify that regret and see and fully appreciate the Northern Lights again. Now the kids are getting older it’s easier to foresee future holidays getting a bit easier. Certainly less stuff to pack!

I’ve never done a ‘snow’ holiday. But I’ve always loved the idea. I have no desire to ski or snowboard. Instead I have a romanticised view of a log cabin with an open fire. I’ll be the one curled up with a book, a blanket and a hot chocolate. A snow holiday with the chance to see the Northern Lights would be amazing.

Northern Lights in Iceland

Family Northern Lights Holidays

Witnessing the Aurora Borealis phenomenon is not guaranteed, but you have a better chance at certain times of the year depending what country you are visiting.


Finland is probably my dream destination for a family holiday in the snow. There are great activities such as Sleigh rides and a chance to feed the reindeer, as well as husky sledge rides and snow mobiles.

Imagine staying in a glass topped tepee for your own private view of the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights in Finland

Did you know there are 200,000 reindeer and 183,000 people in Finland. That fact really made me smile. And of course if you visit Lapland there is just one Father Christmas.


Accomodation is always so important when it comes to family holidays. A family friendly place makes all the difference. Whether you are looking for a hotel, or a lodge Sweden has lots to offer.

Sweden boasts the first ever Ice Hotel. Forget Disney World. Elsa has worked her magic on this place and any Frozen fans would love it.

There is also the Tree Hotel where each room is effectively a sophisticated tree house!


I’ve been to Iceland once, for the day whilst on a cruise. At the time Little was only a baby so the Husband spent the day in Reykjavik with him, and treated me to a day at the Blue lagoon.

I have always wanted to go back because it was so amazing and I would love for the husband to experience it. Not to mention the amazing benefits the warm milky water of the lagoon has on your skin. The Blue lagoon hand cream is the best I have ever used. Nothing comes close.

Children under two are not permitted in the lagoon, and due to the more relaxing nature of the experience I would suggest it is more suited to older kids.

Iceland is a great combination of city and rural. Stunning scenery which can look like you’ve landed on the moon! And of course not much snow if you are not a fan of the white stuff.


The Fjords are a stunning setting to see the Northern Lights. I have cruised around the fjords and although I didn’t see the lights, it is one of my favourite places.

I found the majesty of the Fjords a very calming place to be. There are lots of fishing villages and things to see and hikes to take. Everywhere you look there is a breathtaking view. Even on a cloudy day!

To see the Northern Lights here would be incredibly beautiful. If you are really adventurous you could try some glamping in the wilderness with the mountains as your backdrop. Although I would not call it glamping when there are no showers. Just a pump for water. The kids would probably love it though!

Northern Lights in Norway

Hopefully one day I will get a chance to witness the Aurora Borealis again and share the experience with my family. Preferably in some luxury accommodation with a stunning a view and hot chocolate on tap!

Either that or I need to go back and tell my 19 year old self that what I was witnessing was a lot more than ‘cool’ and people from all over the world would love to see the Northern Lights.

Have you seen the Northern Lights? Is it something on your bucket list?

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