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The Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Northern Lights are quite a phenomenon, and it’s no wonder that people travels miles to witness this beautiful occurrence. The cause of the lights has a scientific explanation that is quite interesting.

The Northern Light’s scientific term is “Aurora Borealis”. Aurora Borealis occurs when particles from the sun collide with our atmospheric gases. The charged particles can break through the magnetic shield and the colliding combination results in beautiful dancing lights.

The Northern Lights can only be seen from late fall to early spring. You would want to be in the Northern Lights zone between late November to March. Be prepared for chilly weather because the Northern Lights are found only in cold climate areas.

Because these beautiful lights can only be seen at certain times of the year, it makes it a special event. Now’s the time to plan your Northern Lights getaway to be able to see this spectacular occurrence!

Most people think the Northern Lights can only be seen from the North Pole, but that is not exactly accurate. It may be the clearest view you are going to find but you can them in many northern countries! If you want the best view of the Northern Lights, here are the best places to visit this fall!

Iceland

Most people visit Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. If you drive a little ways away from the city, you will be able to see them on a clear night. You can also look at the forecast guide for the Northern Lights and book an excursion based upon the high possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis.

Greenland

Although, it’s named Greenland, that was a trick to get settlers to move to Greenland instead of Iceland. Greenland is very cold, especially in the winter, so keep that in mind when traveling there. There is a known spot that is accessible to see the Northern Lights three hundred nights a year: that spot is Kangerlussuaq. Locals are all too eager to show off their precious lit-up sky.

Norway

Hammerfest, The Lofoten Islands, Lyngenfjord, Narvik, The North Cape, Svalbard, Tromso, and Vesteralen are the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in Norway. To be able to see the lights in their full glory, it is recommended to see them around midnight.

Yukon, Canada

Yukon, Canada may drop to minus 40 degrees, but it will be worth it to see the midnight Aurora Borealis show. Plan to go to Yukon between late August and mid-April. Around midnight (astronomical time), you can see violet, amber, and rose in the night skies.

Alaska

Bursting colors of green, blue, yellow, and pink have been seen in the Alaskan Aurora Borealis. Alaska is the only place to see the lights year-round. You can plan your trip whenever you feel fit, and you should be able to see the lights every day, if that is your goal. Fairbanks, Anchorage, Denali, and Barrow are common choices to see the Northern Lights. If you want to make your visit even more special, plan it during the Iditarod in Nome, Alaska, where they also have events going on for two weeks.

 

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