If seeing the Northern Lights up close is on your bucket list, then you need a travel guide to make your trip worthwhile. Every traveler dreams of seeing the most stunning natural phenomena of the Aurora Borealis.
This monumental experience will be a ‘dream come true’ as you see the unearthly colors and sounds in the night sky and be in awe. Check out this travel guide of countries you should visit to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Aurora Borealis.
Travel Guide | Countries Blessed With Northern Lights
The most affordable and accessible place to see the Northern Lights is the Reykjavik, Iceland. Head out to the plains of Þingvellir National Park—a UNESCO Heritage Site for the best viewing site. You can also try some cold-weather activities here from freshwater fishing to dog-sledding and glacier tours. Or just stay indoors with a beer on hand in Ion Hotel’s Northern Lights Bar where you can also watch the aurora.
If you wish to see the aurora with arcs in different shades of green, Scotland is the place to be. The best time to catch a glimpse of the display is when the thick winter clouds open up. Furthermore, the northern lights are also known here as the Merry Dancers. Just a tip though, visit Scotland around January.
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Visiting the northern part of Canada to witness the aurora might be the most expensive option compared to other countries. To best see the swirling lights, you may head out to Yukon Territory from August to mid-April. Also, you can spend hours just watching the neon shades of green and yellow depending on cloud conditions and the night’s auroral activity.
Norway, being just above the Arctic Circle and within the Northern Lights zone, is one of the top destinations traveler’s frequent to be amazed by the shimmering green aurora lights. But you should know this place offers something more — the Polar Night, another natural phenomenon that is just as amazing. The best time to visit is during the Northern Lights Festival, a nine-day event-filled celebration held under the Aurora Borealis.
Alaska is conveniently located within the zone, almost guaranteeing a spectacular display of green, yellow, and purple lights. The peak viewing season is in the middle of winter, which are also the coldest and darkest times. However, there is an adults-only resort offering a rare opportunity of viewing the wondrous Aurora Borealis while soaked in warm, mineral-rich healing waters.
Do you know you can gaze on the green and purple Aurora Borealis from the comfort of your own glass igloo? In Luosto, Northern Finland, a chalet will hand you an ‘Aurora alarm’ which beeps once the Northern Lights appear. If the Lights shy away, you can spend the day doing winter activities such as reindeer safari or trying out walking skis.
Settle into an igloo and just wonder upon the spectacular aurora expanding on your night sky. In Greenland, you may marvel at the Northern Lights all year round except during summer’s midnight sun. This is truly an ideal location to have a better view of the milky-green lights especially during the aurora season (September to the beginning of April).
Here’s a glimpse of the Northern Lights in Norway:
The Aurora Borealis in Norway is absolutely stunning 😍
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Also, here’s a footage of travelers capturing the beauty that is the Northern Lights courtesy of Maciej Winiarczyk:
No matter what country you choose to visit, witnessing the Northern Lights can be unpredictable. Weather conditions can easily affect your view of the natural spectacle. Thus, it’s always best to research first and really prepare for your trip (and the very cold weather). Be sure to pay attention to your travel guide and capture this rare opportunity!
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