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Top 10 Places to See the Northern Lights

September 21, 2015 at 8:30:00 PM EDT | Post a Comment


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Every traveler’s bucket list should include viewing the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena. And while scientists predicted that December 2013 would be the peak of the current solar cycle, and thus the best time to see the northern lights, recent celestial activity suggests that this winter will offer plenty of viewing opportunities as well, with earlier-than-expected sightings in August as far south as the United Kingdom. The viewing season typically lasts until March, and ideal viewing conditions are crisp, cold, clear, and cloudless skies in locations with little light. If you want to catch nature’s most impressive light show, head to one of these ten destinations near the Arctic. And if you want to capture the astonishing sights, check out our top tips for photographing the northern lights.

By Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

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Travel2Beach on October 27, 2015 at 10:02:49 AM EDT

I just returned Sunday (October 25, 2015) from a Northern Lights Tour in Iceland. We got the call twice in the middle of the night that the lights were viewable. Barely saw anything. However, a gentleman from Spain had a super camera and he was able to capture the true colors. We were told later that the camera is really what captures the colors unless the lights are super bright.

Shananorama on September 29, 2015 at 9:38:06 PM EDT

the Yukon is actually a territory in Canada, not a part of Alaska...

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