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Northern Lights are an amazing sight to witness in person

 

With so many wonders of the world, it is hard to keep up with natural phenomenons that are always changing. Natural sights are unique in their nature, but so hard to catch at the right moment. Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as The Northern Lights are one of those mystical, jaw dropping sights that you must see. Even an Asian belief says anyone who spots the Northern Lights will live happily ever after.

 

If you're brave enough to bare the cold arctic temperatures, you'll be rewarded with one spectacular light show. The best time to make your trip is between late autumn and early spring. Sometime between September 21st and March 21st the arctic area is dark from 6pm to 1am; prime times to spot the lights. As long as the weather cooperates, you should be able to catch the show.

 

Tromsø, Norway: Home to the world's northernmost University City, just north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is an excellent choice for The Northern Lights. Since the city has a population of more than 65,000, it might be good to find a dark location out of town to observe the lights. January is the best time since sun never really breaks the horizon. Make sure to check out the Northern Lights Festival and a busy nightlight to accompany the celebration.

 

Lapland, Finland: Equally as popular, the Northern Lights in Lapland, Finland are a huge tourist attraction. If you're visiting, reserve a week ahead for the light show. The Finnish term for The Northern Lights are called the: Revontulet, which translates literally to fox fire. An old tale says a fox swishing its tail caused snowy landscapes with sparks in the air. Even locals continue to be mesmerized by the yearly light spectacular.

 

Yukon Territory, Canada: Home to the Northern Lights Center, the Yukon Territory of Canada is another great location. Not only is it a viewing spot, but it is a great opportunity to learn about this peculiar display. They claim areas in the north where smaller communities exist are the best place to see a true light show. They also claim since the activity occurs near magnetic poles, northern lights can be as far south as New Orleans.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland: Although it is a capital city, Reykjavik, Iceland is the best option for the country. Luckily, a tourist sector dedicates their business to regular tours during aurora season. Iceland is another great option due to its location in one of the most active regions where the lights originate.

 

Fairbanks, Alaska: Also known as the "Aurora Oval Area", Fairbanks, Alaska claims to have the largest occurrence of the brightest lights. The visitor's Bureau says you have an 80% chance of seeing the lights. Be careful as the intense lights are during the coldest part of the year where temperatures can dip to -40 degrees F. Warmer options include viewing the aurora Borealis Lodge where you can watch the show indoors.


Have you seen The Northern Lights? What was your experience?

 

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One Response

  1. David O'Brian

    If you plan to view the northern lights, I’d like to suggest a book called "Aurora, A Celebration of the Northern Lights" by Cary Anderson and Dave Parkhurst. These guys put together an amazing little photo-illustrated book that depicts the science, art, and culture surrounding the aurora in terms we can all appreciate and understand. Anderson and Parkhurst have a combined 50 years experience photographing the aurora and they share their secrets for capturing it with your camera. Your view of the aurora may last only a few minutes, but this book will give you confidence and inspire you to get pictures to enjoy for a lifetime!

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