Top 5 places to visit to witness the beautiful Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, famous with the name Aurora Borealis, is a magnificent actual light display that can be seen at certain times of the year in the northern hemisphere. It happens when energized bits from the sun penetrate the atmosphere of Earth and strike with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. 

Many of the best viewpoints can be found on the Aurora Tracker website, and staff at some hotels will wake visitors when the lights appear as desired.    

Fairbanks, Alaska

Well, this goes without saying. If you have searched about Northern lights, you would have come across the best place to catch them which is Fairbanks. The Polar oval is located at the geomagnetic North Pole of the Earth, where aurora activity is most concentrated.    

During the aurora season, which runs from August 21 to April 21, visitors can expect an average of four to five clear nights. For an excellent chance to see the Aurora Borealis, book accommodation at the upscale Aurora Villa. Travelers can also admire ice sculptures, and dog sled rides at the impressive World Figure Skating Championships in February and March. For a more festive holiday experience, visit Santa Claus House, located near the North Pole 13 miles south of Fairbanks. Other activities that visitors can enjoy in late summer include riverboat rides and the discovery of gold panning.    

Tromso, Norway

Tromsö is located just north of the Arctic Circle and is one of several top places to see Northern Lights in Norway. The northern part of the country is dark from September to the end of March, from early afternoon until late morning. The more extreme the darkness, the more opportunities to see the Aurora Borealis. From the end of January to the beginning of February, the city hosts an aurora festival with several days of music and art events. It is a modern city with much to see if you do not look up to the sky, including a visit to the beautiful Arctic cathedral. 

Lapland, Finland

Lapland is home to Santa Claus, indigenous Sami, and 200,000 reindeer. It is located in the Arctic region of Northern Europe, which means that the lights are visible up to 200 nights a year.. Northern Lapland can expect aurora borealis on other clear nights between September and March. The lights appear and disappear in time before sunset or sunrise.    

Orkney, Scotland

This group of fascinating islands off the remote north coast of Scotland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Scotland. Luosto is located 72 miles south of the town of Rovaniemi in the picturesque hilly landscape of Pyha Luosto National Park. A bucket list experience is watching an impressive light show through the glass of an igloo at Santas igloos near the Arctic Circle in the north of the island. Autumn and winter are the best seasons to observe the aurora borealis, known in the local dialect as mirrors (dancers). This time of year brings cold evenings and clear skies, providing ideal visibility. A few places to see the lights are the summit of Wideford Hill on the coast, Birsay Beach, and Dingieshow. In addition to the Aurora Borealis, Orkney is home to stunning coastal scenery and more sheep than you can count. Travelers can visit the heart of the Neolithic Orkneys, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing monuments dating back 5,000 years.    

Yellowknife, Canda

Plan your stay in the historic town of Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands. Yellowknife is the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories. It is known as the polar capital of North America. Situated in the middle of the polar oval, it hosts one of the most impressive light shows in the world every January and March.    

Yellowknife offers winter sports such as ice fishing and snowmobiling on the north shore of Great Slave Lake. At the end of March, when temperatures start to warm, the city hosts the Long John Jamboree at Yellowknife Bay. Long John celebrations include candy stalls, ice carvings, and dog sledding races.    

The property also offers Aurora-themed tours and activities such as dog sledding and snowshoeing. For a unique experience, book a stay in a teepee in Aurora Village with a view of the lights.

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