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