Northern Lights winter sightings are among some of the most fascinating experiences one could ever have the pleasure of viewing. There are varying beliefs on how and where the Northern Lights are formed, but one thing is for sure, they are a sight to behold.
The Aurora Borealis, also known a polar light, is a display of natural light that is mostly seen in the Arctic and Antarctic regions -areas of high latitude. These displays of natural light are created when the magnetosphere is interrupted by the solar wind that the lines of charged particles in both the magnetosphere and solar wind precipitate into the upper atmosphere and lose their energy. The result of this ionization of atmospheric constituents release lights of various complexities and colors.
Below are a list of the best locations to see the Northern Lights this winter season.
Reykjavik just so happens to be one of the most popular places to see the northern lights. Many tourists visit Reykjavik year after year and not just to view the Northern Lights, there is so much more to experience in Iceland. Aside from viewing the Northern Lights, tourists can also visit the world famous Blue Lagoon or participate in a generous selection of offered tours.
Kakslauttanen is another location among the most popular places to view the Northern Lights. It is also the most romantic.
This Finland attraction offers gorgeous igloos with glass roofs that are specifically constructed for guest to receive a great view of the Northern Lights from the comfort of their own bed. Similar to Reykjavik, Kakslauttanen also offers many tours.
The best time of the year to view the Northern Lights from the high altitudes of Svalbard is between November and February. It’s guaranteed the best time of the year to for travelers and tourist to view the Northern Lights is without authentic sunlight.
Kiruna Region, Sweden
There is a village in Kiruna region which is known for having the country’s first ice hotel and is great for couple’s and family vacations. The ice hotel is located in a quiet remote area that provides great views of the Northern Lights.