The dancing colours of the Northern Lights is said to be such an incredible experience that some people consider it to be a natural wonder of the world. If you're someone that's dying to see this amazing phenomenon, we've summarized how, when and where you can travel around the world to do so. Let's make 2018 the year you finally tick this off your bucket list.
When is the Best Time to Travel?
- This varies according to destination, but generally December through April is the best time, with February through April being the best for clear weather and darkness.
Where are the Best Places to See the Lights?
- Alaska: Fairbanks (a good balance of occurrence frequency and activity)
- Canada: Whitehorse, Dawson, Watson Lake, Yellowknife, Fort Nelson, Fort Smith, Fort McMurray, Flin Flon, Grand Rapids, Gillam, Churchill, around southern Hudson Bay and James Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton.
- Europe: Iceland and Scandinavia
Things to Remember
- Dress warmly
- Plan to watch the sky between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time, although an active period can occur anytime during the dark hours.
For more information, you can check out the following webpage: A Traveler’s Guide to the Aurora Borealis.