These beautiful lights of the Aurora are seen above the magnetic poles of northern and southern hemisphere. These are also known as the Aurora Borealis and they feature in several people’s wishlist. These bright dancing lights occur when the electrically charges particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide. Here are six places where you can see them.
A trip to northern Canada may be expensive, but the best part is that you can see the northern lights in the majority parts of the country. It covers places like Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, Newfoundland,British Columbia etc. You can select the places where you will get the best view by using the maps of Aurora locations which are available online and dark sky finder.
Svalbard in Norway is at a higher altitude. Therefore, the chances of seeing the Northern lights are better in this place which is well within the Arctic Circle. The best time to visit this place is between November and February. Between the period of mid-November and the end of January this place does not have daylight. Therefore, the chances of seeing the Northern lights are better.
Reykjavik in Iceland is a very popular destination for viewing the Northern lights. This is mainly because it is less expensive. Besides these lights there are other tourists’ attractions in this place which includes the blue ice,geysers and volcanoes. If you search online, you will realise that several companies have group tours for seeing the Northern Lights.
You can gaze at the Northern lights at Kakslauttanen in Finland. There are resorts which give you the opportunity to look at the lights from the glass igloo. There are companies like Torassieppi Reindeer Farm which offer night treks by bus and snow mobiles in order to watch the Northern lights. There are companies which offer packages which include warm clothing and guides who can take you through the Northern lights expedition.
Jukkasjärvi is a village in Sweden is one of the best places to see the Northern lights. This place also has the world’s first ice hotel. If you want to see the beauty of the skies of Sweden then visit to theEsrange Space Center is a must.Björkliden in Sweden is one of the best places to spot the northern lights. This place is situated in the shadow of the surrounding mountain range and therefore has suitable conditions for aurora spotting. Some companies offer packages which includes watching the beauty of the Northern Lights from an outdoor hot tub. These packages also include snow shoeing,cross country skiing,sledge ride, spotting wildlife in the snow etc which makes the visit truly awesome.
In order to have ample number of opportunities to spot Aurora Borealis you must visit Ireland.Malin Head in County Donegal is one of the northernmost points in Ireland. This is the place where you can see one of the most amazing displays of Northern lights which can even reach far South. You can also see the lights at County Antrim or the ‘Causeway Coast’ in Ireland. The West and North coast of Ireland do not have light pollution. Therefore, there is greater and better possibility of spotting Northern lights in these areas. You can watch the spectacular lights in Ireland in places like Moville, Inishowen,Tory Island,Rosinver etc.
Selecting the right place to see this spectacle is of utmost importance. These are some of the best places where you can see this spectacular display of natural lights. The cost to visit these places may be more but when you see the natural, magical phenomenon you will say it was worth it.