Imagine this beautiful sky full of dancing colours, so mesmerizing, pur magic.
I always wanted to see them but where to go?
The Aurora Borealis also known as the Northern Lights, occur when excited solar particles collide with atmospheric gases. This produces a neon light show that can last for minutes or even days at a time.
One fact that is not very well known is that the aurora can be seen in both the northern and southern hemispheres. In the northern hemisphere, they’re known as “Aurora Borealis” or “Northern Lights”. In the southern hemisphere, they are “Aurora Australia” or “Southern Lights.” Same natural phenomenon only that it occurs in different regions.
After a little bit of research I’ve found out that the best places to see the Aurora Borealis are: Alaska in USA, Yukon, Northwest Territories in Northern Canada, Island, Norway, Finland, Russia, Sweden and Greenland. Based on where you live can choose the nearest location.
The best place on earth
Oh well, a lot of places to choose from but Alaska is one of the best places on earth all year-round for spotting aurora. The clear skies, cold weather, and dark nights are optimal conditions for aurora spotting. But don’t be scared of the chilly nights, you can even aurora-gaze from steaming hot springs. With an abundance of epic wildlife (grizzly bears, moose, eagles, and more) and infinite mountains, Alaska has plenty to offer beyond the lights.
Where: Nearly all of Alaska is great for aurora spotting, though Fairbanks is located in the aurora oval and is a good base for travel. Those pressed for time can do a condensed trip from Vancouver.
When: Year-round is possible but winter months are ideal due to longer nights.
How: You can camp, drive, or view the aurora from the comfort of a heated cozy cabin or lodge. Another popular way to witness the magic from the air is flight-seeing. Other unique aurora sightseeing tours include dog sledding and photography focused tours.
The most comfortable place
With its vibrantly coloured fishing villages, gaping fjords, and expansive nature, Norway is more than just an aurora hotspot, it’s pure magic. This is one of the more comfortable places to chase the Northern Lights. The country is already easy to get around, and aurora spotting options are diverse.
Where: There are many hot spots on offer here but some good ones include Svalbard, Tromso, The Lofoten Islands, Harstad, Bodo, Alta, Andoya, and Lakselv.
When: October to March.
How: Get a log cabin with world-class aurora views or try your luck camping or caravaning. Norway has spectacular aurora tours, and one wise strategy is to purchase a Northern Lights 7-day unlimited pass to increase your chances of sightings. The pass provides daily access to Northern Lights tours, which is ideal since aurora can be sporadic. Tours are abundant, ranging from reindeer-sledding and whale watching, to a night cruises and private flights but not all of these tours are included in the pass.
The less crowded place
A great slice of Greenland is position perfectly within the aurora zone. Because here there are no roads, making plane and boat the primary transport means, Greenland is a quiet island country, far less trampled with tourists than its northern neighbour, Iceland. The advantage? Icebergs and aurora are nearly all yours!
Where: Southern Greenland is ideal, as too far north exits the aurora zone. Ilulissat or Nuuk, both offer unique aurora tours.
When: Mid-August – late April.
How: Different AirBNB rentals with glacier & potentially aurora views are available. A private charter boat is another option for combined accommodation and sightseeing. And for more adventure you can try a guided tour in the snow either via snowmobile, snowshoe or dog sled.
Getting there: Greenland’ major airport is Kangerlussuaq and is accessible by flights from Europe and North America.
Hmmm I really don’t know what I would choose: the best place, the less crowded or the comfort? Difficult choice.
I’m normally heading South for my trips and it would be very interesting to get North and admire this spectacular natural beauty. Thanks for this suggestion.
Yes, I think it is really spectacular! Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful Sunday!
I would love to see one someday. Thank you for sharing.
Me too 😊 I think is really something spectacular! Thanks for reading! Have a great Sunday! 😊
You’re welcome! 😊
nice post….wonderful desire
Thank you 😊
This is such wonderful information. I would also love to see this phenomenon one day.
Really spectacular! Thank you for reading! Have a great Sunday! 😊
In Finland too you can hire a glass-roofed cabin and enjoy the spectacle from October to March. Welcome to the Finnish Lapland!!
Great to know! I’ve been in Finland, in Jyvaskyla and I loved it! I did not have the chance to see the Aurora Borealis though but maybe next time 😊
I really want to go to Alaska.Your post is very helpful.Nice Sunday!😁😁
Thank you for reading! Definitely a must see place! Have a great week! 💕
I would love to go!
Me too 😊 Thank you for reading! Have a great week!
Would be great to see this one day. There are so many great natural views in the World. I would love to see them all. 🌈🌈🌈😊😊😊
Oh me too ☺️ As I always say, I think one life is not enough too see all this wonderful world! 😊 Thank you for reading and have a lovely week! 😊
I lived in Alaska for 11 years and was fortunate enough to see them frequently. They are mesmerizing and magical. I hope you get to check this one off your bucket list.
Wow, 11 years in Alaska? Must have been a unique experience 😊 I really hope one day to be able to see them! Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!
Alaska was a great place to live for a time in my life. It is an absolutely stunning place and the lights are magnificent.
Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful experience 😊
Sounds magical Wow! Totally new information, Thank you Ribana 😊 will choose Norway because it’s my dream to live in such a country <3 Thank you for sharing
I believe too Norway is a wonderful country! Thank you Huguette for reading and for your kind words! Very appreciated! 🤗 Have a wonderful week!
😊😊 my pleasure
Have a great week 💕
My daughter and I have watched videos of this but would love to actually see it with our own eyes. I bet it’s so beautiful in person!!
Yes, I think is really magical! Thank you for reading! I hope one day to be able to see it too! 😊
A Beautiful post – never knew Aurora is year-round – thanks for sharing
Yes, seems there are places where can be seen all year round! This is awesome! Thank you for reading! 😊
My absolute pleasure
I was so fortunate to see them in October in Fairbanks Alaska! A sight I will NEVER forget 🙂
Wonderful 💕 I hope to see them one day too ☺️
They would be awesome to see in real time!
We went to Alaska but not at the right time to see this.
They said that Alaska is good all year round for spotting Aurora Borealis 🤔 Hmmm, maybe next time 😊
We were there in June.
Northern Lights are definitely bucket-list worthy! I saw an incredible showing of them in Iceland in February 🙂
Wonderful! It must have been an awesome experience 😊
I have been lucky enough to see them from my bedroom window in Northern Ontario, although they seem underwhelming compared to the ones closer to the North pole.
Wow, thank you for sharing! I hope to see them one day too 😊