Trip the lights fan­tas­tic

View the aurora bo­re­alis from Alaska, La­p­land and Ice­land.

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Bo­re­alis Base­camp

Alaska is con­sid­ered pri­mar­ily a sum­mer des­ti­na­tion, yet there are about 250 nights a year in which the north­ern lights can be viewed from Bo­re­alis Base­camp, about 50 min­utes’ drive north of Fair­banks, Alaska’s sec­ond-big­gest city (pop­u­la­tion 33,000). In a new Ad­ven­ture World itin­er­ary, guests can view the night sky from bed in luxe fi­bre­glass domes, and ex­plore the back­coun­try on snow­mo­biles or dog sleds.

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La­p­land Cir­cle Ad­ven­ture

Stoke the fire, pull up the doona and view the lights over­head from a heated glass igloo on this three-day Ben­tours ad­ven­ture in the Finnish wilder­ness of La­p­land. The igloos, at Kak­slaut­ta­nen Arc­tic Re­sort, sleep up to six and have a fire­place and pri­vate sauna, or set­tle into the re­sort’s smoke sauna, said to be the big­gest in the world. Guests can join a husky sa­fari with a camp­fire lunch in a wooden teepee, and a snow­mo­bile ad­ven­ture. travel-as­so­ciates.com.au

Ice­landic North­ern Lights

This eight-day tour by Pere­grine Ad­ven­tures is full of nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena: the danc­ing lights of the aurora bo­re­alis, of course, but also geother­mal la­goons, glacial lakes, fields of lava, spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­falls, boil­ing sol­fa­taras, or mud pools, and sea stacks. The small-group jour­ney, for a max­i­mum of 12 peo­ple, starts with a walk­ing tour of Reyk­javik and in­cludes a stay on a fam­ily farm, and a short flight to vol­canic Lake Mý­vatn. travel-as­so­ciates.com.au

Yuzu has had its mo­ment as the “it” citrus; could iyokan be the next Ja­panese fruit to grab the lime­light? In Ja­pan it ap­pears in Kit Kats and is given to stu­dents for luck. Its can­died peel has a tangy, ul­tra-zesty flavour, and it’s now avail­able in Aus­tralia. $8.95 for 50gm, es­sen­tial­in­gre­di­ent. com.au

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