6 Best Places To See The Northern Lights
Getting up close and personal with the poetically named Aurora Borealis is a prominent feature on many travel bucket lists. Skyscanner chases the beauty – also known as the Northern Lights – around the icy Arctic Circle, and gives you hot tips on when and where to see one of the most spectacular light shows ever!
The world is not open to travellers as of now but we are sure your heart is yearning to take a magical trip once the globe is open again. So, we have all the details you would need to plan a memorable trip to catch one of nature’s best wonders – the Northern Lights. Here are the best places where you can see the magical phenomenon of the Northern Lights.
6 Best Places To See The Northern Lights
The higher the latitude of a location, the better it serves as a Northern Lights viewpoint – and Svalbard is as up north as one can get. Sitting pretty and frozen between the 74th and the 81st parallel, this island – deep into the Arctic Circle, is a favourite Norway location. Svalbard gets a lot of tourist traffic in the months between November and February. Another natural phenomenon – the Polar Night – is also a huge draw for visitors. Works well for sky gazers since Svalbard is without daylight from mid-November till the end of January; increasing your chances of spotting the beautiful Aurora Borealis.
Gaze at the Northern Lights in style – from inside a glass-roofed igloo, and then duck into a traditional log cabin jazzed up with a sauna and open fire. This and much more at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finnish Lapland. If the Lights stand you up, there is other stuff to keep you occupied – start with a reindeer safari or ski around the Urho National Park. You will also be about two hours by road from the Russian border so drive across or get all traditional on a dog sledge and visit Santa at Koryatunturi.
The remote village of Jukkasjärvi in Kiruna is famous as the location for Sweden’s first ice hotel. Staying at an ice hotel may be a little pricey for some, but worry not – the place is dotted with other reasonable accommodation. Taking Aurora viewing to new heights are the night flight tours that originate in Jukkasjärvi. In case the Northern Lights don’t show up, there is the Esrange Space Center that you can visit for a memorable view of Sweden’s star-speckled skies. You could also hire a snowmobile for a tour of the area.
The capital of Iceland is possibly the most accessible and therefore extremely popular location for Aurora viewing. And it is not just the Northern Lights that are a tourist draw here; there is plenty more to explore in Iceland – it is, after all, a land dotted with geysers, volcanoes and blue ice. The famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is on the way to Reykjavik from the airport. There is also many Game of Thrones locations that you can visit while in the country.
With the ‘Aurora Oval’ covering a large part of the country, Canada has a huge number of Aurora viewing options. The Oval covers the provinces of Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia. With all these options, it would be a good idea to consult the Canadian Geographic map of aurora locations online and Dark Sky Finder for viewing spots that suit your itinerary. Considering the long haul flight, once Aurora viewing is done, you can make the most of your Canada trip by visiting ski resorts, some of the country’s major cities or go waterfall spotting and whale watching!
Scotland, United Kingdom
The joy of Aurora spotting in Scotland is that you don’t have to travel far to get an eyeful of the Aurora doing what it is best at – lighting up the sky. There are many places in the northerly latitudes of the country where finding a dark sky is commonplace and Aurora chasing is extremely fruitful. Take a look at the spectacular video below.
Scotland beyond the Northern Lights is quite a joy as well – Visit Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park or go up to Glenshee for snow cover. Activities that involve a good dose of nature range from mountain climbing to hiring a bicycle and riding around beautiful nature reserves.
Break the Newz.