6 Best Places Where You Can See The Northern Lights

17 Apr 2024

The Northern Lights are nature's most amazing creatures. The yellow, green, and red colors are due to the oxygen content of the air; the blue and purple colors are due to nitrogen. 

Arctic light occurs at the magnetic poles of the earth. This is not caused by light in the top layer of the atmosphere. Most of the solar wind coming to our planet is reflected. However, some still enter the Earth's magnetic field. These particles form light when they come into contact with air molecules at the top of the atmosphere (about 100 km above the Earth's surface).

The best time to observe the northern lights is about 9 to 10 hours after midnight during the winter months and in some cases up to 3 hours. 


Alaska is a special place in the United States where the Northern Lights can be seen. Midnight on a moonlit night is the best time to observe. Alaska is located at the northwestern tip of the North American continent.



In Norway, this natural phenomenon can be seen almost everywhere. The most popular, however, is the town of Troms. It is even called the mother country of light in Northern Europe. More than 1.2 million people visit this town, 350 kilometers from the Arctic Circle, every year.



With little light distortion and good visibility in some places, Greenland is probably one of the best places to observe the northern lights; aurora viewing is almost guaranteed for a few days from September to early April.



In Finland, a good place to observe the northern lights is in Ivalo. This small village with a population of a few thousand is very popular with Finnish tourists.

Of the four districts, it boasts that every three nights the north light can be seen in Gilbbesjavri (Gilbbesjavri). And in the areas of Sodankyla and Rovaniem it appears every other night.

Also, at the Kakslauttanen Resort, visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights from the comfort of their beds in traditional wooden houses with glass domes, saunas, and bonfires.



The town of Abiska is located approximately 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The town is home to the Aurora Sky Station and has been called "the best place on earth to observe the Northern Lights."



The capital city of Reykjavik, the most northerly city in the world, offers fantastic beauty. The official northern summer season is from October to March.

To see the Northern Lights, one can also go to the village of Courvavèdre, not far from the icebreaker of the same name, on the outskirts of the National Park Vatníkudur.

The most spectacular pictures of the midnight glow can also be seen at the Jokulsarlon ice-water lagoon in the southeastern.

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