Aurora borealis or the northern lights are what all travelers dream to witness at least once in their lifetime. This, no doubt is one of nature’s most beautiful and spectacular phenomenon and the viewing session usually starts from December and last until March.
The environmental conditions however need to be ideal to make this viewing possible with cold and clear cloudless skies. If you are planning to witness this beautiful natural phenomenon this winter, then you can head straight to one of these spots near the Arctic Circle:
The best viewing locations in this country are Swedish Lapland, Kiruna and Abisko. The spot in Abisko has been proven scientifically to be amongst the best spots to see the Northern Lights due to its microclimate which is unique. Torneträsk Lake which is 43 mile long creates the “blue hole of Abisko” which is a patch of clear sky that remains so no matter what the weather is. A spot close to the National Park in Abisko is perfect for watching this phenomenon.
Best viewing locations in Finland include Kakslauttanen, Luosto, Utsjoki, Nellim and Ivalo. In fact, there is a hotel in Finland named Hotel Aurora where you are given an alarm that beeps when the northern lights appear. Another famous spot is located near to Lake Inari, where you can surely catch the shimmering lights dancing in the sky.
You can see the northern lights from almost anywhere in this country with the Þingvellir National Park being the most popular destination for the same. This is an UNESCO heritage site and here a rift valley has been formed at the meeting point of Eurasian and North American continental plates. Once you are out of Reykjavik, you would be able to spot the Northern Lights from anywhere in the country.
Russia is a huge country and the best places to see the northern lights here are Siberia, Murmansk, Kola Peninsula. Northern Russia is the best place to witness Aurora Borealis. The Kola Peninsula is very near to the Northern Light viewing spot and Murmansk is a great play to stay. However, keep the chilling temperature in mind while visiting these places.
If you want to see great display of Northern Lights, then Alaska is another spot that you can consider. The Yukon, Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks are some of the places where you see this phenomenon. You need to far away from the city lights in order to witness this beauty.
In order to see these beautiful swirling lights, you need to head straight to the Whitehorse town in the Yukon Territory. The areas around the famous Lake Superior in Ontario along with the tundra regions of Northern Canada are the other spots. Sometimes these lights are visible from American border in south as well. However, for the best experience the vast wilderness of Canada is the best option.
There are many other places where you can see the Northern Lights like Norway and Greenland.