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Northern lights holiday guide

Tour operators are thinking up new ways to marvel at the aurora borealis. We pick their best trips and activities – plus some surprising places to stay

Iceland offers some of the most wallet-friendly options for northern lights trips (apart from less-reliable Scotland). Short breaks to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, can be good value. Thomson has a new three-night trip, with a northern lights tour and a Golden Circle excursion taking in some of the island’s most spectacular sights, from geysers to waterfalls, for the bargain price of £374pp B&B, including flights, departing 28 February. Because the lights are brightest in the remotest corners of the most expensive countries in Europe, aurora spotting rarely comes so cheap.

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Let’s go to … Pendle Hill for Halloween

Few places are as ghostly and ghoulish as the Lancashire beauty spot where the notorious coven was rounded up 400 years ago for the Pendle witch trials

Why go now?
Tranquil-looking Pendle Hill, in the Forest of Bowland, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But at this time of year people visit less for the scenery and more to pay tribute to the area’s dark past. In the days when Lancashire was a lawless and wild place, Pendle Hill was known for its witches, and the most notorious coven was rounded up for the 1612 Pendle witch trials, one of the largest in British history.

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