The 9 Best Places to See the Northern Lights
There may not be many people who don’t want to see the northern lights’ (or aurora borealis) or have it on their bucket list.
One of the most incredible phenomena of the natural world, their mysticism enchants and captivates.
Seeing the aurora was on my bucket list for a long time, and I finally had the chance to experience their wonder and beauty while living in Homer, Alaska (along with many other nighttime marvels.)
The northern lights can be seen from late November to March within the ‘Northern Lights zone’ –latitudes 65 to 72 degrees. When solar particles collide with atmospheric gases, they create colorful ‘curtains’ of light. (In the Southern Hemisphere, near the South Pole, Aurora Australis are the Southern Lights).
The ideal viewing conditions are crisp, cold, clear, and cloudless skies with little light– like during the dark, winter months in Alaska. You can see this incredible show of light, lasting from a few minutes to several days, in the following regions close to the Arctic.
According to Fodors, these are some of the best places to view this awe-inspiring nighttime exhibit.
Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
Lemmenjoki National Park, Finland
Þingvellir (thingvellir) national park in Golden circle, Iceland
Tromsø, Arctic Norway
Abisko Sky Station, Lapland, Sweden
Swedish coniferous forest
Northwest Territories in Canada
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Lake Winnipeg, Matlock, Manitoba, Canada
North East Greenland
Tasiilaq, E. Greenland
Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Belhaven Bridge, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
North Berwick, Scotland