Best Places To See The Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are one of the greatest light shows on earth. It is a natural phenomenon that can be seen by anyone, but it requires dark skies which are rapidly disappearing. If you would like to plan a trip to see this beautiful phenomenon, here are some of the best places you can go.


Fairbanks, Alaska


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Fairbanks is an excellent place to explore the aurora borealis during the Aurora Season (August 21 to April 21). There, the northern lights are visible an average of four out of five nights if the sky is clear and dark enough. The city is a great place to see the aurora because it is located under the “Aurora Oval”, an area over the far north where the aurora activity is concentrated.


Tromsø, Norway


 northern lights in sky of Lofoten, Norway

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Located in the center of the Aurora Oval, this city is ideal for seeing the northern lights even when the activity is low. The weather in Tromsø is also relatively warmer than the other places at that latitude, which makes traveling around a lot more comfortable.


Reykjavik, Iceland


Man looking at Aurora Borealis in north Iceland

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Besides Greenland’s capital Nuuk, Reykjavik is the only capital in the world where you can see the northern lights. Öskjuhlíð Hill is the most popular viewing spot in the city. The best months to see the northern lights in the city are between September and April – when the nights are long and the skies are dark.


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