Best Places To See the Northern Lights
There are many superstitions and ancient stories linked with the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Some believed it to be a sign from their Gods while some were of the opinion that these lights showed direction of place where giant spirits dwell. Either you find such stories fascinating or want to explore beauty of nature; aurora borealis should not be missed.
If you are trying to find out where to go for the perfect northern lights winter sighting break then we have put together a list of the 6 best destinations you should consider visiting to this this spectacular natural phenomenon for yourself:
1. Svalbard, Norway
As these lights are only possible to be seen in higher altitudes, visiting Svalbard for this purpose may not be a bad idea. Time period between November and February is the best to visit this place if you want to see northern lights. This time of the year is particularly more suitable for tourists and travelers who want to experience days without actual sunlight termed as a Polar Night.
2. Kakslauttanen, Finland
It is definitely one of the most visited and romantic places to experience northern lights. You will find beautiful igloos with glass roofs in Kakslauttanen that are specially built to see fascinating green lights in the sky right through the glass lying in your own bed. These are actually log cabins where you can spend some quality time even if you fail to watch aurora borealis. You might like to check out our Finland tours which include a trip where you can join a husky trip to see the northern lights.
3. Kiruna Region, Sweden
A village in the Kiruna region of Sweden is a popular destination for tourists for various reasons including aurora borealis sighting. There is also the country’s first ice hotel in this region where you can easily book and take your family along to witness beautiful dancing lights in the sky during winters. Though it is located in a remote area, it is definitely worth a visit if you want to see aurora borealis.
4. Alaska & Northern Canada
Alsaka and Northern Canada is comparatively a larger area to visit for experiencing the aurora borealis. Visiting this region might become a little heavier on your pockets as it is slightly more expensive for tourists who fly in from distant places. The ‘Aurora Oval’ can be witnessed in many parts of Northern Canada including Northern Saskatchewan, Yukon, Newfoundland, British Colombia and Nova Scotia. View Canada tours today.
6. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland is one of the most popular and easiest places to see the northern lights. Thousands of tourists visit Reykjavik every year and there is also so much you can do in your spare time including visiting the world famous Blue Lagoon - a geothermal spa located close to the city. If you are especially keen to visit this destination we have a selection of adventure tours in Iceland which wil get you close to the the northern lights.
6. Scotland, United Kingdom
If you live in the UK you have Scotland as the nearest place with best aurora borealis sightings during winters, you don’t need to travel all the way to Canada or Scandinavia to witness the northern lights. Once you have reached Edinburgh, you can easily reach the northern areas of Scotland by car or a train with beautiful sceneries throughout the journey that will surely add fascination and enjoyment to your entire trip.