Like a cocktail of rainbow colours dancing through the sky, the Northern Lights are one of the world’s greatest natural mysteries. Seeing them in real life is like stepping into a whimsical fairy and another dimension. There really is no other sight like the Aurora borealis! To get the most spellbinding view of the lights, you should try and travel as far north as possible. I’ve picked two magical and memorable destinations in which to see these natural phenomena. It’s most definitely on to add to your travel bucket list.
What Are The Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are also known as the Aurora borealis in the north and Aurora australis in the south. They most often appear in the Arctic Circle. However, this year there have been sighting as close to home as Oxfordshire in the UK. The Northern Lights make an appearance when electrical particles emanating from the sun collide with the solar wind and earth’s magnetic field. As this happens, the gases that are created in the atmosphere turn into most incredible of colours and illuminate the sky. The vivid hues range from the palest of pink to the most vibrant of green. You can also see red, purples and blues dancing in the atmosphere. The lights occur near the magnetic poles, so the Arctic Circle is a fantastic place for sightings. But if you are lucky enough you can also see them in places such as New Orleans and the UK. Below are two of my favourite destinations where you can see this spectacular show in the sky.
A once in a lifetime holiday to Iceland gives you the perfect opportunity to try and see the Northern Lights. Here you’ll be immersed in a landscape of wilderness and beauty that takes you back to the heart of nature at its very best. There are gigantic geysers and majestic waterfalls, active volcanoes and bewitching black beaches. And of course, not forgetting the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. The best time to witness the Northern Lights in Iceland is September to April when the long dark nights have more of a chance of lighting up the sky. The Golden Circle is one of the best places to see the lights, but they have also been known to make spectacular appearances in the city of Reykjavik.
The Arctic skies of Sweden are an exceptional place to see the Northern Lights. Places such as Abisko and Kiruna give you a great chance of seeing them. The best time to go is from September through to March. The Aurora Sky Station which is located in the Abisko National Park is a superior place to go spotting. The Station is situated 900 metres above sea level and therefore has very few other distractions in the way of light and sound. The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi near Kiruna is also another bewitching place to try for a sighting. On top of seeing the Northern Lights here, you’ll also get to experience sleeping on a bed of ice in one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. You can also enjoy husky rides, reindeer sledding, ice fishing and snowmobile fun.