What could be more exciting than to combine a break or holiday with your favourite interest or hobby? Finding that perfect combination can be time consuming therefore we have done the research for you by putting together the perfect trips, locations and places to stay for those who love astronomy or star gazing.
Norway Northern Lights Cruise
There isn't an astronomer on the planet who would not wish to take a trip in order to see the Northern Lights or Auraura Borealis. Melita Trips specialise in holidays and breaks for star gazers to enjoy as these trips are arranged in conjunction with your hobby in order to provide a fabulous break which in this case is, an amazing view of the fabulous Northern Lights via a cruise.
Cruising on board the MS Polarlys you will set off from Kirkenes in Norway calling at many picturesque towns and villages throughout your ten day cruise until you reach Bergen on the Western Coast of Norway. During the cruise star gazers will be able to listen to lectures from Astronomers such as Dennis Mammana.
Travellers who would like a guided tour on their trip will find this provider ideal as they have been specialising in breaks involving all things astronomical for over thirty years. Accompanied by experts you will benefit from their expertise whether you are new to astronomy or a seasoned star gazer who knows his stuff.
astronomytours.co.uk offer trips worldwide from chasing solar eclipses in Australia or the South Pacific through to viewing The Northern Lights in Norway. Astronomy tours are fully ABTA registered, while 100% of passengers rated their holiday to see The Northern Lights as excellent.
All tours and trips are fully inclusive, offering transport, accommodation plus the services of astronomy experts and guides. With most tours being based around prospective astronomical events travellers are guaranteed a fabulous astronomical experience when booking through this website.
This company was established in 2005 and specialises in offering holidays and breaks that also involve astronomy. Astro Adventures offer a 20" Dobsonian telescope and an imaging observatory where visitors can view and explore the fabulous night skies.
Astro Adventures provide comfortable self catering accomodation that comprises of two timber lodges plus the use of a great outdoor swimming pool during the summer. Book during June or July to receive a 20% discount, while also included in the holiday are,
On arrival a tour of the observatories
Free one hour introductory night session on the Dobsonian telescope
Use of telescope when required
Bookable courses (there is a charge for these)
Those who wish may bring their own telescope as there are areas available to mount them
The timber lodges provide accommodation for families of four plus have digital tvs with freeview, dvd players, cds, wi-fi, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, while booking is easy simply click through to the booking form on the Astro Adventures website.
Galloway Astronomy Centre
This holiday getaway is located twenty miles south of the Gold Award winning Dark Sky Park in Galloway Forest. The area offers unpolluted night skies where planets, nubulae and galaxies can be explored by seasoned enthusiasts or beginners alike.
Galloway Astronomy Centre also run courses such as help in choosing the correct telescope or how to set up your telescope, while telescopes (£7.00 per hour), imaging equipment, guidance and tours of the universe are all provided if required. Galloway will even locate your star should you be lucky enough to have one named after you.
Accommodation comes in the shape of a double/family at £30.00 per night per room or a single/twin room at £26.00 per night per room, while a full Scottish breakfast comes in with the price as does off road parking.
Astronomers who would like to travel to a warm and exotic location may wish to visit the Algarve where the COAA is located. The opportunity to use large telescopes like The Newtonian is the order of the day along with a great holiday in a superb location that will suit individuals and families alike.
COAA booking is via the website that even suggests the best dates in order to see perfect views of the dark night skies. Accommodation comprises of suites that have private bathroom facilities plus complimentary tea and coffee tray.
If members of your party are interested in other pursuits the location of COAA is perfect as beaches are close by, snorkelling, boating, fishing are great activities along with snorkelling, walking, golfing, safaris plus many archaeological sites can be found for those interested in the subject.
Cartwheel Holidays offer star gazing breaks in the South West of England in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The South West offers some of the darkest skies in the UK fabulous for watching the planets and stars. Many of the holidays offered provide hosts who are well versed in astronomy, offer observation decks and telescopes, while some also offer outdoor hot tubs for those looking for a little romance.
Cartwheel Holidays have a variety of star gazing holidays to offer such as The Old Rectory Boscastle, Star Gazey Barn in Bude or Badger Cottage in Dorset, while many more great accomodations can be found at the website.
Responsible Travel offer solar eclipse and astronomy holidays they have hand picked from good tour operators. These companies arrange tours taking into consideration the environment and the affect of visitors on the local communities, while destinations offered include an Astronomy and Observatory Tour in Chile, Astronomy Tours of Spain and Star Gazing Tours in the Canary Islands.
Booking with Responsible Travel is easy simply choose the holiday you wish to take and follow the links at the website. Building relationships with local communities is important to the organisers of these tours with money going into the local economies, a subject dear to their hearts. Tours with a conscience you could call them.
Responsible Travel also offer a five day trip to see The Northern Lights in Finland. Prices include flights, spa hotel accommodation at the Luosto Tunturi Hotel, full board and a guided trip to view the lights.