The Northern Lights are those famous green swirls in the night sky that defy logic. Seeing the Northern Lights is on many people’s bucket lists, and it often requires travel to get the best view of them. These are the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights.
Fairbanks, United States
If you want to see the Northern Lights while stood on American soil, then the best place to check them out is Fairbanks in Alaska. For an extra special trip, it’s worth heading to Chena Hot Springs Resort, which allows you to enjoy the Northern Lights from the comfort of a warm water lake. Fairbanks is directly beneath a band of aurora activity, so during the season, the town’s sky is almost a guarantee to see the Northern Lights.
There are plenty of places to see the Northern Lights in Norway, but Svalbard might be the pick of the bunch. As the islands here experience the polar night, there is double the chance to see the phenomenon in the sky as it’s perpetually dark between November and February. Svalbard is the only place inhabited by people where you can actually enjoy the Northern Lights during the day time, even if it is still dark.
Scandinavian countries are ideal locations for seeing the Northern Lights, and Finland is no different to its neighboring countries. If you want to see the Northern Lights in style, then Kakslauttanen Resort is the place to go. It offers romantic glass igloos for couples to enjoy the natural phenomenon above them as they lie in bed. If that’s not exciting enough then you can take a reindeer-drawn sleigh through the Finnish landscape to hunt down the aurora.
Why just see one wonder, when you can see two? Churchill in Canada is ideal for spotting the Northern Lights, but there is something else here that also makes the trip worthwhile. Polar bears have put Churchill on the map, and it’s one of the only places in the world that offers a great chance to see these amazing creatures. You can track down polar bears by day and by night take a look upward at the wonderful green lights.
Since ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed in Iceland, the country has become one of the most popular bucket list locations. The landscape is amazing, and the country has the fortune of being in the perfect spot to see the Northern Lights. There is barely any light pollution here, so no matter where in Iceland you choose to go to see the Northern Lights, you will have a practically unrestricted view. Even in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, you can see the Northern Lights, but from the comfort of an inn as establishments dim their lights during the season.
The Northern Lights is something that many people spend their entire lives wanting to see. These spots from around the world are the best places to enjoy the natural phenomenon.