Ever heard about Northern lights?
Okay maybe you must have heard about the famous Aurora Borealis then. Just a faint idea right? Well then let me tell you more about them. The lights that are seen in the magnetic poles of the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere are known as Auroras. The ones seen at the Northern Hemisphere are known as Aurora Borealis or Northern lights and the ones seen at the Southern Hemisphere are known as Aurora Australia or Southern lights. Isn’t it ‘a dream come true’ to see them and cherish the lifetime experience of gaping at them? Right! So I am Aara, your travel guide and tips expert, here with a list of the best places to see the Northern lights this year. So scroll down and read about the best places to see the Northern lights.
It is said that there is nothing more Northern than Svalbard. This island in Norway belongs into the Arctic Circle. Since it has higher altitudes this place is one of the top best places to see the Northern lights. Usually Northern lights are seen in the months of November and February but there is also something called Polar Nights which I am sure you all are aware of and which lasts from mid-November till the end of January. So people would love to be here during this period of time. There are even chances to spot reindeer, walrus and polar bears here in this region while this region turns into a non-daylight, eerie blue ‘twilighted’ place.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finnish Lapland gives you the chance of gazing at the Aurora Borealis at your own comfort because you get to sit and view them from ice-igloos. Isn’t that amazing? It feels like there can be nothing more heavenly and amazing than this scenario. The igloos have traditional log cabins where you can light your own open fire and there are even saunas inside the log cabins. And the best thing about this place is that when the Northern lights are playing hide-n-seek, you can even go for Reindeer rides or even walking skis to explore the nearby Urho National Park. Planning for a Christmas holiday for next winter? Then you should consider this as this is one of the best places to see the Northern lights.
The village of Jukkasjärvi in the Kiruna region of Sweden is where you would find the country’s first ice hotel. Northern Lights are the scenes to be seen at nights and that too at flight levels but down at ground level, take a tour of the Esrange Space Center, where one can admire the starry sky of Sweden when the dawn is not visible. It is a fact that the ice hotel is a costly place to stay but then you can always find cheaper options to stay and see the Northern lights which is pretty convenient and that is why this place is the third one among the best places to see the Northern lights.
Reykjavik is actually the most affordable and one of the best places to see the Northern lights though it became very popular in the recent years. In January 2015, an approximate count of 9000 Britons visited Iceland, not just for the Auroras but for research on this land of geysers, volcanoes and the eruptions that this land is capable of holding. The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is on the way to the capital from Keflavík International Airport and it is known that it stays steamy all year round. That is one of the reasons why this place became pretty well known. Wait till you hear the good news. This place is where the famous series of Game of Thrones was shot considering some of the best locations of this region and that makes you leave no excuses and visit the place right away.
Northern Canada is one of the best places to see the Northern lights but then it is also a very costly place due to its luxurious arrangements to see the lights. The ‘Aurora Oval’ covers the majority of the country, including the provinces of Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia. With the right instructions and the best timings, you are likely to see the Aurora Borealis. Other than that, your holiday in Northern Canada can comprise of skiing at resorts like the huge 8000-acre site at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Around an hour and a half’s drive south is Vancouver, a fashionable city with some myriad waterfalls and whale-watching opportunities.
SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Scotland is again one of the best places to see the Northern lights and that is why you should totally think about a trip to Scotland and look for >cheap flights but then remember like all places, this place is also known for other winter adventures. Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park is a good place, although you may have to get up high somewhere like Glenshee for snow cover. Hiring a bicycle in the Royal village of Ballater and going for a ride in the beautiful nature reserves near the Queen’s Scottish home, Balmoral are some of the activities here that you can never get tired of.
All you need to do is cross the Irish Sea and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to see the Northern Lights in Ireland. The extremely north of Ireland is actually in the Republic, at Malin Head in County Donegal. This area holds history of displaying the best light show a few years ago, though March 2016 saw the Northern Lights reach as far south as County Cork. Stay in the nearby town of Inishowen if you want a base for a few nights. This surely makes it one of the best places to see the Northern lights. If you have an extra zeal to explore more of them then follow them all through the line along the beautiful shores of County Antrim or the ‘Causeway Coast’.
So this was all about the best places to see the Northern lights. Hope you found this article useful. Tell me about it!
Author Bio: Passionate about traveling and then penning down the experiences, Aara didn’t have to leave any sort of corporate job or anything as she immediately started working for Indian Eagle as a traveler. It has been more than a year and she has not thought about taking a break from this. She rather enjoys it. Travel through her articles to know more about her world.nbsp;