The peak season for Northern Lights viewing — late November through March — is fast approaching. Here are some of the best places to see the mystical auroras around the world:
Located on the west coast of Greenland, Kangerlussuaq is known for its spectacular displays of the Aurora Borealis. With stable weather patterns and 300 days of clear skies per year, it’s a prime spot for aurora seekers. However, with limited accommodations, glacial terrain and snowmobiles as the primary means of transportation, this trip is for the adventurer rather than the leisurely traveler.
Theoretically, the Northern Lights can be seen from anywhere in the country. CNN Travel dubbed Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon best viewing spot in Iceland because the lights are reflected in the lagoon, making the experience all the more picturesque.
The Aurora Borealis is visible from all over Norway. However, locations above the Arctic Circle reveal the aurora in its full intensity. Tromsø is known for superb light shows. Since the region is shrouded in darkness for nine months out of the year, the aurora can sometimes be seen in the afternoon too.
Fairbanks, Alaska is often named one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in the United States. The farther you go into the wilderness of the Denali and Yukon territories, the brighter the aurora appears.
Yellowknife, the capital of Canda’s Northwest Territories, is an incredibly popular viewing spot for good reason. Its prime location within the auroral zone, combined with stable weather conditions and generally clear skies, ensures a high probability of seeing the Northern Lights at their brightest.
Like Greenland, the Swedish Lapland is rough and remote terrain, but a perfect spot for true outdoor enthusiasts. Abisko is legendary for its “blue hole,” a part of the sky that remains perpetually clear, ensuring a high probability of auroral shows.
Anyone who’s visited a destination known for its northern lights viewing during certain times of the year knows, just because you visit doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually see the northern lights. A lot has to come together for them to be visible, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you might be out of luck. However, a new cruise aims to help travelers avoid the disappointment of traveling across the world just to be left lightless.
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