The Northern Lights (also called the aurora borealis) are a spectacle of stunning natural lights from the energetic charged particles colliding with atoms. The Northern Lights cannot be seen from everywhere, and when it is cloudy, they may not be able to be seen at all. However, those that have seen them will tell you that this is a vision like no other. This is why thousands of people go on specific holiday’s set up to see them. In this guide, we will explore the best placed to see the Northern Lights.
Yukon – Canada
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Yukon in Canada is easily one of the finest places to see the Northern Lights. This area is extremely high up, which means that short daytimes and long night times are common. Snow and cold temperatures are almost year-round with over 240 days designated to the ‘winter season’. There are plenty of specifically holiday companies that offer Yukon Northern Lights holidays because this is one of the finest places in the world to see them. Furthermore, the majority of the places in the Northwest Territories in Canada will give you the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
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Due to its location, Iceland is a wonderful place to see the Northern Lights all year round. Furthermore, there is so much to do around the area that the main focus of your holiday does not have to be the Northern Lights. This is a benefit that few other places offering a chance to see the Northern lights can offer, simply because they are in the middle of nowhere, but with Iceland this simply is not the case. There are plenty of tours that have been specifically set out so you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
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Often viewed by those in the know as the best place to see the Northern Lights, Norway has a whole festival surrounding these lights. Tromso plays home to this festival in January, and the reason for this is because it is so far north that the sun never breaks, meaning that the area is covered in 24-hour darkness, making this place one of the finest places to see the lights. In late January (the first dawn of the year), the festival is celebrated with music and local acts. Furthermore, for those that like to get a bit adventurous, Tromso has a good night-life scene, so this might be a great adventure for gap year students looking for something to remember.
Cruising – Keeping with Norway, a great way to see the Northern Lights is on a cruise. For as little as £800 for seven days you can fly to and cruise around Norway to find the Northern Lights in early January. This package also includes various other attractions like dog sledging. On the other hand, for a more personal way to see the lights you can hire a single boat out for not much money at all and go and explore them with your party.
Kiruna – Sweden
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Staying in the same region, Sweden has some wonderful places where you can view the Northern Lights, none more so than Kiruna. Even though you have to take a short taxi ride from the town over the ski slopes, Kiruna is the closest town. Kiruna has a lot of ‘light pollution ‘and on a clear night, you will usually see the Northern Lights. On the other hand, a cloudy night will mean that you have no chance at all.
Lapland – Finland
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Apart from being every kid’s dream holiday, Lapland is so far north that it is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. The further up you go in Lapland the better chance you have of seeing them. Therefore, there is not just one specific place where it is good to see them. One great feature that a lot of the hotels offer is a night-time telephone call to wake you up when they are in progress. This is helpful for those that do not want to miss out but want to get their sleep as well.
Remember, even though the above places are some of the best around the world to see the Northern Lights, this does not mean you are guaranteed to see anything. This is why it is important to ensure that there are plenty of other things you can do on a Northern Lights holiday.
Of course, these are just some of the best places to see the Northern Lights. However, essentially if you are lucky enough you may be able to see them by looking out the window from home. This is a site that everybody should see at least once, so consider traveling to one of these destinations for an experience you will never forget.