Yes you don’t have to travel half way round the world to see the beauty of the Northern Lights. You just need to know where to go and when. These lights have fascinated the human race for years. Also known as the Aurora Borealis they provide natures very own theatre light experience. The reason we can see the lights in Scotland may surprise many, but Scotland is located on the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway and also Nunivak Island in Alaska which means that when you hire your Scottish Tourer campervan you may get an added bonus without the flights, time and stress.
The darker and clearer the night sky is, the better the chance you have of gaining a good view of the lights. The nights need to be cold, limited pollution and increased solar activity. This may also involve a wee bit of staying up to the middle of the night to experience the fantastic lights. What better way to do this than outside under your awning, BBQ on and toasting marshmallows. Just perhaps pack a nice blanket and a hat for the extra chilly evenings. The bonus being all our campervans come fully equipped with just this, all you need to provide here are the marshmallow and a blanket!
The Aurora Borealis is named after the roman goddess of dawn (Aurora) and the North Wind (Boreas). It is caused by charged particles accelerated into the Earths upper atmosphere along the magnetic field lines. The sun drives the energy required for the magnificent display. The results of this are quite spectacular with different lights, shapes, patterns and colours. The different colours are as a result of the gas particles and when they collide. These different colours can last a few fleeting moments or for a few minutes. They are never quite the same but the result is always breath taking and certainly one which should be ticked off everyone’s list as a wonder to see with their own eyes. See if you can grab a picture and please share it with us on your return.
The Scottish Highlands are host to not only some of the best views and scenery but also some of the best viewing platforms for the Northern Lights. The best place to locate the lights are places with as much darkness and as little pollution as possible.
A few tips to remember…
It does take some determination to catch these lights in action. So if you can try and do some research as to when they may be viewable, There are apps available for this and the best viewpoints to see them from. If you aren’t into staying up late to see them set an alarm. Get wrapped up, grab a blanket, while you wait on the lights. Generally you don’t have to wait up to late as the lights are usually seen between 2100-0000 hrs. What better way to be able to be flexible than with one of our motorhomes?
You aren’t tied to one hotel peering out of a window. Get that awning out and embrace the chilly evenings with a hot chocolate - why not light the BBQ and make your own little fire pit and toast some meashmallow or make smores, in the hope of seeing something unique and special all whilst making memories. Once your ready for bed step back inside the cosy motorohome and snuggled in.
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In Scotland we are lucky to have such an abundance of outdoor pursuits on our door step, set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape and all within easy driving reach when combined with a motorhome you can enjoy a holiday while experience some adrenaline based activities.