The Top Places to See the Northern Lights Before They Disappear

Get out and view this magical display before it disappears
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The northern lights are also known as Aurora Borealis. It’s a spectacular display of colored lights in the night sky. According to Tourboks, “auroras occur when charged particles from the sun's solar wind interact with Earth's magnetic field (at altitudes above 80 km)” and “the colors most often associated with the aurora borealis are pink, green, yellow, blue, violet, and occasionally orange and white.”

According to research, after next year the lights will be more difficult to see.  Yahoo explains, “the northern lights take place on an 11-year solar cycle. Solar activity, including massive solar eruptions, can occur anytime and produce intense aurora, but those eruptions occur erratically and unpredictably.”

That being said, the aurora is unpredictable. The best time of the year to see the northern lights is between September and March. Hurry up and check off this box on your bucket list and view this magical display before it disappears.

 

Norway

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Visit Finnmark for spectacular views of the northern lights and join others in the world’s first northern light observatory. Go skiing, dog sledding and ice fishing right under the stunning aurora. Also, visit the city of Tromso or head to Kirkenes for some of the best views.

 

Alaska

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The northern lights can be viewed all over Alaska. However, the most reliable spot to see them is Fairbanks. Take the Northern Lights Tour and follow your guide to some of the best locations to view the aurora. Tip: visit in the winter when it is cold and dark for peak viewing.

 

Norway’s Hurtigruten Cruise

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Looking for the trip of a lifetime? Take the Northern Lights Cruise in Norway. The trip includes an “amazing 2 nights Hurtigruten cruise from historic Trondheim to the Arctic town of Tromso with a real Viking feast at the Lofoten islands, a scenic train ride across the snow covered Dovre mountain plateau & Northern Lights evening trip in Tromso (Fjord Travel Norway).”

 

Iceland

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Visit Akureyri, a small city in Iceland for stunning views of the northern lights. Or venture out and take a northern lights tour and observe the beautiful display on a dark winter night.

 

Sweden

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Take up a new winter sport in Sweden and experience the northern lights in an exhilarating way. Or, catch a glimpse of the northern lights from Abisko National Park, the village of Jukkasjarvi or Porjus. According to Visit Sweden, "the Northern Lights appear around the beginning of September (Kiruna) to around the end of March all over Swedish Lapland." That being said, get out and view them before it's too late.

 

Finland

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Stay at Finland’s Kakslauttanen Resort for the ultimate northern lights experience. Look up through your glass-domed igloo and admire the spectacular colors lighting up the night sky. Or, view the magical display from the comfort of a luxurious resort.

 

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