On any of our winter trips to the Russian Arctic, if you spend a week out in the tundra or taiga, for example at a nomad camp, then you are likely to see the Northern Lights. For this reason, we do not offer special Northern Lights viewing trips. Why would we, when seeing the Northern Lights is naturally included in many of our other trips?

Multi-coloured Northern Lights on the Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia

Multi-coloured Northern Lights on the Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia

If, however, seeing the Northern Lights is the main goal of your trip, we can, of course, recommend the best places and the best times of year to see them. In general, they can be viewed from August until April, but are most common from November to March and best of all in January and February, when nights are long and dark and colder temperatures bring about multi-coloured Northern Lights, rather than the green ones that appear when it’s “warmer”.

You need long dark nights to see them, and the absence of any other light. For this reason, you need to be far away from towns and villages (for example at a nomad camp in the middle of the tundra) and ideally at the time of the new moon, although Northern Lights can also be seen when there is a full moon.

Our Yamal Peninsula trips are particularly good for Northern Lights viewing, as the nomad camps, we take visitors to are located in the middle of the tundra or taiga, far away from towns and villages. We have been rewarded with magnificent views of the Northern Lights on 95% of winter trips we have done there.

Please contact us if you would like to organise a Northern Lights-themed trip.

Northern Lights above the chums of nomadic Nenets reindeer herders, Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia

Northern Lights above the chums of nomadic Nenets reindeer herders, Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia