The aurora borealis, one of nature's most mysterious and entertaining phenomenon, has fascinated Scandinavian visitors and locals for generations, starting with the Vikings of old. Witnessing the spectacular light show and discovering the Northern Lights are only the beginning of your remarkable journey.

Day 1-3
Distance: 470km / 290mi

Copenhagen to Gothenburg

  • Begin your journey in Copenhagen with a bike ride through the city and enjoy a real Danish pastry.
  • Revisit the Viking Age at the Open Air Museum Land of Legends in Lejre, and the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
  • See how Vikings lived at the settlements in Aarhus.
  • Take the two-hour ferry ride from Frederikshavn to Gothenburg.

Day 4-7
Distance: 2100km / 1300mi

Gothenburg to Tromsø

  • From Gothenburg, ride to Stockholm to visit Sweden’s capital. Also, try an optional visit to the Viking Village of Birka.
  • Board a flight, or take the Lapland Railway, to Kiruna and stay the night in a hotel made from ice.
  • Visit the Kiruna Church, voted the most beautiful building in Sweden.
  • Ride the trails of the Swedish wilderness on a two-day dog sled tour before heading to Tromsø.

Day 8-11
Distance: 2400km / 1500mi

Tromsø to Oslo

  • Once in Tromsø, witness the splendor of the Northern Lights.
  • Take the scenic Northern and Dovre Railway from Bodø to Oslo, or relax on a fjords cruise to Bergen.
  • At the Historical Museum, conquer the Permanent Viking Exhibition.
  • For some excitement, explore the Norwegian nightlife.

Day 12-14
Distance: 150km / 90mi

Oslo to Reykjavik

  • After a flight to Reykjavik, visit the Aurora Reykjavik Museum for interactive displays and a history on the Northern Lights.
  • Ride across the Iceland wilderness on a Northern Lights Jeep Tour and find the best location for Aurora viewing.
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall. Then, defrost in the soothing waters at Laugarvatn Fontana Thermal Baths.
  • Finally, treat yourself to the rejuvenating wonders of Iceland’s renowned Blue Lagoon.

Before you go

  • Luggage should include clothes you can layer. Be sure to bring waterproof trousers and boots. Don’t forget to pack the bathing suit as well.
  • No need for taking out much cash to use in the Northern Europe. It is possible to pay with credit card practically anywhere from the taxi to the hot dog stand.
  • When photographing the Northern Lights, deactivate the camera flash and automatic settings and focus to infinity.

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