Experts say Britons should look up this week as the Northern Lights are set to make an appearance across the UK on Thursday.
NASA's Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA) says that the sun's activity "will likely enhance geomagnetic conditions to G3 (Strong) levels in the early hours of 25 June," which could cause Northern Lights displays late Wednesday and in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the Met Office says its Space Weather team is keeping a close eye on solar activity after the northern lights were seen as far south as Dorset and Bournemouth on Monday night.
On its blog, the Met Office said: "A particularly active sunspot came into view during the early part of last week. This sunspot continued to grow in complexity which has resulted in a number of moderate solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) which is when the sun ejects some of its atmosphere out into space."
Its Space Weather team added: "If it behaves as expected, it could send another batch of charged particles into earth's upper atmosphere on Wednesday night, with the possibility of another Northern Lights display that could equal Monday night's."
With another great chance for Aurora fans to experience the incredible natural phenomenon, Jonny Cooper, director of Northern Lights holiday specialist Off the Map Travel advises: "To have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights you need clear dark skies and a clear view north.
"It's a good idea to look on a map and travel to an elevated location with an uninterrupted view to the north, with as little light pollution possible. You need to be there at least 30 minutes after sunset, but the darker the skies the better, so make sure you wrap up warm and be patient."
Incredible ways to see the Northern Lights
NASA says Northern Lights will be visible over the UK on Thursday
Witness the spectacular phenomenon while on a flight for unique viewing. Fly via Helsinki with Finnair and you could encounter the Northern Lights as your flight comes within the aurora range. Tromso in Norway is almost always directly beneath the hottest streak of aurora activity and a great place to start. Pilots advise passengers which side of the aircraft to look out of so that no-one misses the incredible light show from the sky. Flights to Lapland are a popular route to take in the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous spectacle and even flights across Asia to Japan and China stand a good chance of seeing the lights. Finnair flies from London Heathrow to Helsinki five times a day, from £165 return.
For a unique way to experience the Northern Lights, travellers to Finnish Lapland can hole up in a mobile camp on Lake Inari. You'll spend two nights at the Hotel Kultahovi before sleeping in a mobile cabin for one night. The cabin is towed onto a secluded spot on the lake, complete with a personal sauna and hot tub. With large windows on the front, sides and roof, it's an ideal base for spotting the Northern Lights, while a cosy double bed, heating and on-board facilities ensure a peaceful and restful night. Best Served Scandinavia offers the four-day holiday from £855 per person, including flights, which are available from December 2017 to April 2018.
Rail lovers can celebrate the New Year and Rozhdestvo (Russian Christmas) in style, venturing deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis from the comfort of the luxurious Golden Eagle train. A guest astronomer joins the tour to bring the night sky to life with his extensive knowledge and once deep in the Arctic Circle, you'll leave the train behind at Nikel and travel across the Russian/Norwegian border to Kirkenes, spending two nights at the Snow Hotel before you rejoin the Golden Eagle to travel to Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Vladimir and Suzdal en route to Moscow, a fitting finale to this once-in-a-lifetime quest for the Northern Lights. Golden Eagle Luxury Trains offers the Arctic Explorer – Quest for the Northern Lights holiday departing 29 December 2017 from £9,695 per person on an all-inclusive basis.
Sledding is one of the coolest things you can do in the Arctic but it gets super chilly at night. The Aurora Zone's heated Aurora sleighs allow you to spend the night hunting the Northern Lights while staying warm. Available in the tiny and remote village of Nellim, Finnish Lapland, the sleighs are pulled by snowmobiles and feature heating, cosy seating and transparent walls with plenty of room to transport you through the Arctic wilderness in comfort. A Nellim - Wilderness Weekend costs from £1,085 per person, including flights and three nights' full-board accommodation.
Snowmobiling is one of the most exciting ways to search for the Northern Lights and Lake Inari in Finland is the ideal spot to get out and enjoy the spectacular displays. The Aurora Zone's Nangu Tailormade trip takes you Aurora snowmobiling at night across the stunningly still lake. Led by an experienced local guide, you will travel to a prime Northern Lights spotting location in the real Arctic wilderness. Accommodation is at Hotel Nangu, an adult-only boutique hotel made up of a series of elegant wooden lodges. The three-night break with The Aurora Zone costs from £1,295 per person and includes flights and full-board accommodation.
Take a dip in a frozen lake while wearing a warm, head-to-toe rescue suit. You'll lie comfortably in Arctic waters while looking up to the night sky above Rovaniemi, Finland, to search for the Northern Lights. This three-hour long experience starts at 7.30pm when the last hints of daylight have left the Arctic sky – perfectly timed to experience the polar night. The Aurora Floating experience from Off the Map Travel is included in a three-night itinerary which costs from £1,289 per person based on a half-board basis with a stay at the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel.
Sip cocktails as you await the Aurora Borealis at Ion Hotel's Northern Lights Bar in Iceland. The glass-walled drinking spot offers panoramic views over Lake Thingvallavatn, as well as beer from Iceland's independent micro-breweries and Icelandic folk tunes. Perched on stilts at the foot of Mount Hengill, the hotel is just an hour's drive from Reykjavik but feels a world away, providing a unique spot for remote Northern Lights viewing. Standard rooms are available from £207 per night.
The new Apukka Resort in Finnish Lapland offers superb Northern Lights viewing opportunities with a range of unique and unusual accommodation options, including the unusual heated Aurora Wagons. These wagons can be transported to unique and beautiful spots in the wilderness, from snow-laden hilltops to frozen lakes, and feature a comfy bed and a small kitchenette, while the glass roof panels look up to the inky black of the Arctic night and, hopefully, a private view of nature’s greatest light show. Trips depart at 8:30pm and last for 12 hours. A four-day tailor-made break with Best Served Scandinavia starts from £1,195 per person, including flights, two nights in an Aurora Cabin and an overnight Aurora Wagon experience.
Reminiscent of something from a science-fiction movie, The Aurora Zone's exclusive Aurora Bubbles are heated pods in the grounds of the Nellim Wilderness Hotel in Finland. The Bubbles feature a large north-facing dome window, double beds and a toilet area, and are ideal for scanning the night sky for a Northern Lights display. They are located in an area of minimal light pollution to enhance your chances of witnessing the Aurora, but within walking distance from the main building and give guests a genuine wilderness experience. A three-night Nellim - Wilderness Weekend costs from £1,085 per person, including flights.
Join a trained chef and mountain guide in the Arctic wilderness where a four-course banquet will be prepared, using local ingredients and cooked over an open fire in the middle of the Arctic wilderness. Dinner will be served in a locally built igloo and as well as learning about the ingredients and how important they are for local cookery, your guide will tell you about the local connection with the Northern Lights as you, hopefully, witness the Lights dancing overhead. The Taste of the Arctic experience from Off the Map Travel is included in a three-night Northern Lights itinerary, which costs from £1,499 per person.
NASA says Northern Lights will be visible over the UK on Thursday
If the conditions are right, you can view the Northern Lights throughout Iceland, although you have a greater chance if you're far from the city lights. You can choose Reykjavik as a base and travel two to three hours to the countryside or opt to stay in a rural hotel. Try this:Reykjavik Excursions runs tours each night from Reykjavik to the countryside, while Discover the World offers a three-night trip staying in the rural Hotel Ranga and the Northern Lights Inn in south Iceland. You'll visit the Golden Circle route, which covers the Thingvellir National Park and at night you'll search for the Northern Lights from the hotel window or the hot tub before staying at the Northern Lights Inn near the geothermal Blue Lagoon.
In Yukon, Canada the Northern Lights can be viewed from August meaning you can enjoy your summer holiday and see the amazing display. Watch the green, yellow, magenta and blue lights dance from the comfort of your cabin or from a steaming hot tub. Try this: Frontier Canada offers a three-night stay at the Inn on the Lake with meals, transfers, snowmobiling, Aurora Borealis viewing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and winter clothing between December and April. Visit frontier-canada.co.uk
Longyearbyen is the most northern town in the world and offers a backdrop of amazing table mountains and remoteness. You can experience the dancing Northern Lights on a snowmobile safari, allowing you to travel away from the lights of Longyearbyen where they appear even brighter. Around Longyearbyen, you'll find restaurants and cafes serving local food, like reindeer, grouse and arctic char. Stay at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen and drink at its pub, which is the most northern in the world!
Did you know that some regions of Finland have over 200 nights a year when you can see the Northern Lights? Saariselka is a lively village in eastern Lapland where you can see the lights and enjoy winter sports. Try this: Stay at Kakslauttanen Igloo Village for the chance to view the beautiful and eerie lights from a cosy log cabin, glass igloo or snow igloo. Visit kakslauttanen.fi
Scotland is the most likely place in the UK to see the Northern Lights. The best regions are Aberdeenshire, Northern Highlands, Orkney and Shetland. Although it's much further from the Arctic than Norway, Sweden and Finland, it is possible to see them during winter. Stay at the Pentland Guest House in Thurso, where owner Liz Sutherland can contact you when the lights are visible. She'll also arrange for minibuses, prepare packed evening meals and serve breakfast until 12pm throughout winter if you're having a lie-in after a late-night viewing. Visit pentlandlodgehouse.co.uk
The clear sky and dry location of Abisko in Swedish Lapland provide an ideal backdrop for the Northern Lights and the village is one of the world's top places to see them. It lies 195km north of the Arctic Circle and apart from seeing nature's stunning light display, there's snowshoeing and skiing to enjoy in Abisko. Try this: Discover the World offers an ICEHOTEL & Abisko holiday two nights at the ICEHOTEL, one night at Abisko, a three-course meal and an excursion to the Sky Station. Visit discover-the-world.co.uk
To see how accessible the Northern Lights can be, head to Tromso in Norway where you can see some stunning displays above the city centre. Even though they can be viewed in Tromso, you may want to escape the city to see the Northern Lights at their best. Try this: The Aurora Zone offers a four-night stay in and around Tromso with one night in Tromso and three nights in the wilderness outside the city. Meals, a husky safari, flights and transfers are included. Visit theaurorazone.com
With winter lasting half of the year in Canada's Northwest Territories, there are over 240 nights when it’s possible to view the aurora. The best time to see the lights is between December and March and Yellowknife has the most potential. As the landscape is quite flat in the Northwest Territories, you can see the full display from most areas and the region also boasts clear skies. Try this: At the Aurora Village you can enjoy the whole Northern Lights experience with a viewing tour, a husky ride and watching the display from the comfort of the outdoor heated seats. Visit auroravillage.com
Because of its close proximity to the North Pole, Fairbanks in Alaska's Interior is one of the world's top places to see the Northern Lights. The city has the auroral oval passing over it, meaning there are many nights when the lights are out so you have a great chance of seeing them here. Try this: Stay in a remote cabin away from the city lights to get the best views. You can also get close to the aurora by going on a dog tour at night and experiencing mushing. Visit explorefairbanks.com
For easy access to the Northern Lights in Greenland, stable weather conditions and very little settlement creating pollution-free skies, head to Kangerlussuaq, where you can see the magnificent display in all its glory. Around Kangerlussuaq you can experience the Greenlandic ice sheet, which is a 100,000-year-old ice cap that you can fly, drive, sail and walk to. There's also hiking opportunities where you might see the musk oxen and reindeer.