Seeing the Northern Lights is on many people’s bucket list and it is easy to see why. Here at Off the Map Travel we have been lucky enough to see them in a variety of destinations. It is, in truth, one of the main reasons the company was started and something we remain extremely passionate about today.

The sun works on an 11 year cycle and we are currently in a solar maximum, which simply means the sun will be more active and produce more sunspots and solar flares. But what does this mean for the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights? Sunspots on the sun’s surface which erupt cause solar flares. It is these solar flares and charged particles hitting the Earth’s atmosphere that create the the Northern Lights. During a period of solar maximum the Northern Lights are usually more intense and frequent, therefore increasing your chances of seeing them if you are on a short trip!

This winter we are expected to reach the peak of the solar maximum meaning that the Aurora Borealis should put on some fantastic shows that will take your breath away and realise why seeing this natural phenomenon made it onto your bucket list in the first place! Off the map travel would be delighted to put together a personal tailor-made experience to match your exact requirements. Start your adventure today.