The aurora borealis fascinates people and tens of thousands chase them every year, some succeed and others, not. There are many reasons why not, it could just be an unlucky day, you are in the wrong place or visibility is poor due to other factors including light pollution etc., so if you are hunting this natural light display, location is key! The places on this list are known for having some of the best views of the lights in the world and although the lights are present all year round, it will be difficult to see them in the midnight sun of the Arctic circle so why not combine viewing these magical lights with a fantastic winter trip where darkness can be guaranteed? So lets take a look at where we recommend…
Rovaniemi (Finland)Embed from Getty Images
Top of the list, otherwise known as Lapland or the home of Santa Claus, is Rovaniemi, Finland. A great getaway with guaranteed snow and a festive atmosphere! Throughout the winter, the northern lights are spotted regularly here with clear skies and lack of light pollution. Don’t want to get cold at 1am light hunting? Stop in an igloo and watch the lights from the comfort of your bed! Grab a winter getaway through ixploring.com to Rovaniemi for the winter today.
Þingvellir National Park, IcelandEmbed from Getty Images
Just a short drive or coach tour from Reykjavik is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park in the Golden Circle, Iceland. Find coach and northern lights tours through a trusted partner HERE. Grab a long weekend in Reykjavik and although there are some spots in Reykjavik itself where the lights are visible, due to light pollution etc. its best to head out of the city for the best results. Thats where the National park comes in, with its location and beauty, there are few places that will beat it! Book a weekend in Reykjavik for the winter through us today.
Fairbanks, Alaska, USAEmbed from Getty Images
The next choice on our list to North America, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Known for its extreme weathers and northern lights which light up the town on average 4 out of 5 nights during the winter months of September to March The odds are pretty good if you are here for the weekend to catch a glimpse of the Aurora, so if the northern lights are something you wish to see or maybe have had no luck in other places, Fairbanks is a great place to try and at the same time, enjoy the nature and green spaces Fairbanks has to offer for a relaxing weekend away. Why not travel Alaska and include Fairbanks in the trip? Create your itinerary through ixploring.com today.
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Kiruna, found in ‘Swedish Lapland’ is a popular visit in the winter for its picturesque views, its dog-sledding and getaway in the snow. A great place to see the northern lights due to its extended winter nights with its 1 hours of daylight at the end of December and beginning of January! Hire snowmobiles and enjoy the landscape of this north-Swedish town while hunting for the Aurora Borealis. With its own airport, get there easily from anywhere worldwide. Great for couples, families and travellers alike. Book through us today for the best rates.
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, NorwayEmbed from Getty Images
Deep in the Arctic circle, is the Svalbard archipelago, specifically Spitsbergen Island where you will find Longyearbyen. This small town has approximately 2400 residents and is accessible by plane from Oslo or Tromso, Norway. The worlds northern-most town is great for the northern lights due to its dark winters and its geographical location. Great for tourists and unlike anywhere else you will visit, we definitely recommend travelling here… just watch out for the bears!
Bodø, NorwayEmbed from Getty Images
Bodø, a harbour town on the Norwegian north-west coast is the main town in Nordland County and surrounded by amazing villages and islands to explore. Not the most relaxing holiday you will find but if you love hiking, exploring, cycling or other outdoor places, there isn’t many better places in the world than here. Famous for its small islands to explore and hiking, Bodø has some great activities and beaches too! Enjoy the aurora from Mjelle beach or from the stone staircase (Keiservarden) which is 366 metres above sea level, so not for the faint hearted! As well as that, Bodø has a great city atmosphere and makes a great getaway with fantastic northern lights in the winter months.
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Yukon’s main city, Whitehorse is next on our list. Perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, white-water rafting, canoeing and much more, make an adventurous getaway for the family out of chasing the lights in Whitehorse. By day, enjoy the small city charm of Whitehorse, enjoy the miles of surrounding nature and get on the waters and by night, chase the lights with a tour guide or relax in the geothermal pools at Takhini camp ground and watch the lights pass by over you. Book through ixploring.com today to make this adventure your next getaway and book your tours HERE.
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The capital of Greenland, Nuuk is the next place on the list and one that is a must visit! Not only have you got the beauty of one of the least populated countries in the world by area, the Arctic weather and the charm and beauty of this Greenlandic city but the northern lights, during the winter months, can be found here most evenings so this is a great spot to catch some great photos. You can fly here from Denmark or Iceland and take tours such as kayaking in Arctic waters, hiking, dog-sledding and much more… find tours HERE. As well as this, spend your evenings enjoying Greenlandic food, the beautiful landscape and the illuminations above. Find hotels HERE.
Tromsø, NorwayEmbed from Getty Images
Back to Norway for a third visit on this list and one of the top places to have an amazing city break and see the northern lights is Tromsø. The city, which is in the Arctic circle, is a modern city with a rustic Norwegian feel and has plenty to see and do whilst you are here. From visiting the many museums and restaurants it has to offer, visiting the beach and enjoying the landscape, skiing and dog-sledding and taking a cable-car up the mountain to have some great food and catching a glimpse of the northern lights over the city. This city is popular with tourists year after year and you can see why, a perfect long weekend getaway for a winter break. Just remember to wrap up warm!
Levi, FinlandEmbed from Getty Images
Last on the least, the largest ski resort in Finland, Levi. This winter wonderland is great for skiing with its many slopes and popular with local and foreign tourists year after year. At night, book a tour to chase those lights? Enjoy the lights from the nearby town of Kittilä? Or night ski under the lights? Completely up to you! And whether you like skiing or not, Levi makes for a great winter vacation and packages can be booked for families that want that extra bit of festive cheer in December! If you haven’t been, we definitely recommend you visit!
Fancy a different way to view the lights?Embed from Getty Images
Why not take a northern lights cruise? Let the hard work be done for you and sail around the Arctic in search for the aurora borealis while stopping of and seeing some magical places on the way. With cruises at reasonable costs and all the hard work done for you, this would definitely be one of the most relaxing ways to view the lights!
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