The name Aurora Borealis comes from the Goddess of the Dawn, Aurora. It is a natural mixture of the Earth’s magnetic field and the charged particles from the Sun that emerge in the interfering sky. They are often referred to as the Polar Aurora or the Polar Lights because they are observed mainly in the poles and are observed from areas close to the poles.
The probability of the Northern Lights appearing increases as they approach the northern magnetic pole. Auroras formed near the magnetic pole illuminate the northern horizon from a distance with a greenish shine and sometimes with a pale red. It is necessary to follow this phenomenon of nature from November to February, near the North Pole, in good weather where the sky looks clear. Here are the best places to see the Aurora Borealis.
- Svalbard, Norway: Svalbard, situated between 74th and 81st parallels, is in the Arctic region. If you choose Norway to see the northern lights, your chance will be high between November and February. If you go to Svalbard outside of “Polar Night” period, where you never get daylight, your chances of seeing reindeer, walruses and polar bears will be higher.
- Kakslauttanen, Finland: You can experience the privilege of watching Northern Lights from your custom-built Eskimo house in Kakslauttanen in the territory of Lapland within the Finnish borders. Watching the lights on the saunas warming up with a burning wood fire is really luxurious and offers a different experience. If you do not see the lights, do not worry, you can join the safari of the Rhine Gorge or surf the nearby Urho Natural Park.
- Jukkasjärvi, Sweden: The village of Jukkasjärvi in the Kiruna Region is another delightful spot to see the Northern Lights. Night tours are organized to see Aurora Boresalis. If the Northern Lights are not visible, it will be pleasant to join the tour of the Esrange Space Center and watch the spectacular starry sky of Sweden.
- Reykjavik, Iceland: Reykjavik is still one of the most affordable and accessible places you can see the Northern Lights. In addition to seeing Northern Lights, you can also enjoy visiting the Blue Lagoon, which preserves its warmth throughout the year, or visiting the attractions of the Game of Thrones by snow.
- Northern regions of Canada: Canada is really a great option for Aurora hunters, with many regions where Northern Lights are visible. Northern Lights can be seen from Yukon, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia. If you get the right timing and weather conditions, you can observe the lights in these areas and you can enjoy your holiday with skiing and other snow activities. With this map you can discover the points and times you can observe the Northern Lights.
- Scotland, Great Britain: Scotland is another country where you can see the Northern Lights. Situated in the north, Caithness is listed as one of the best places you can see the Aurora Boresalis in this coastal country. If you are interested in activities other than watching the lights, Aviemore and Cairngorms National Park are among the places you can visit.