Top 10 Places to See the Northern Lights

January 25, 2012 12:00 am(28 comments) Post a comment

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  • aurorainiceland on Jul 10, 2013 at 07:58 PM

    You can get information on all the best places and tours in Iceland for your northern lights viewing here:

  • aurorainiceland on May 15, 2013 at 08:09 AM

    For travelers going to Iceland we have compiled a list for the best places to see the northern lights in Iceland. See here:

  • RoxanneG on Feb 25, 2013 at 04:15 PM

    If you want info on how to see the northern lights in Iceland check this site out:

  • Mayank_Kanodia on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM


    I am planning to travel to Finland, Sweden and Norway in the last week of August and 1st week of September this year. I have read that the northern lights are best viewed during equinoxes (i.e. around 22 September) What are my chances to see northern lights in the last week of August and 1st week of September?

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  • TheRae on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM

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  • Borealis on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:45 PM

    The aurora borealis (northern lights) are most active near the equinoxes, that is, March and September. Might be due to earth’s position in its orbit around the sun, because it’s the activity of the sun that causes the northern lights.
    You also need a clear and dark sky to see them (obviously - I guess - although I’ve known people who expected to see them on cloudy nights!!). In North America they are common from 52 degrees north and up further north.
    It doesn’t have to be cold to see the northern lights - the local weather has nothing to do with the collision of CMEs (coronal mass ejections) with earth’s magnetic field!!!!

  • digitalcarpet on Jan 26, 2011 at 02:57 PM

    Aurora in Alaska - While it is sometimes possible to see the Aurora in Anchorage, it is far more reliable and somewhat brighter in Fairbanks.  The Fairbanks Visitors Bureau says you have an 80 percent chance of seeing them if you stay there for three nights.  If you are making a trip to Alaska specifically to see the lights - go straight for Fairbanks and skip Anchorage.

  • ArcticNetski on Jan 26, 2011 at 08:52 AM

    Norway is fantastic for northern lights - and in Tromso there is so much other things to do too, just in case you´re unlucky with the Aurora.

    They have the northern lights festival, a film festival, the reindeer racing championships, loads of great bars and restaurants, and amazing scenery!
    There are some good tips to see the northern lights here:

  • Kenneth_Pettersen on Jan 26, 2011 at 08:06 AM

    Here’s a recommendation for a great destination. The island of Andøy of Nordland in northern Norway. Here it is much north light as you can feel in the dark hours. During the day you can stand on shore and watch humpback whales, orcas, finwhales, minke and 30 meters from the rocks at Kvalnes Wharf in December and January. It is possible to rent rooms at Kvalnes dock. Andenes airport is only 2.5 mil away. Here is a link to my photo blog where you can see many pictures from Andøya.

  • elusive_moose on Jan 26, 2011 at 07:19 AM

    The Northern Lights are awesome, and Northern Norway is definitely the best place to see them. Visit Norway has a few tips to help you increase your chances of witnessing this unique spectacle of nature at grin

  • Roy_Magnussen on Jan 24, 2011 at 06:08 AM


    You can seethe northernlights already in september or as soon as the sky is dark enough to observe it. Some of my best experiences has been in september, lying on the lawn watching the lights as it flckers over the sky in shifting yellow, green, red colours has been in september.


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