10 Best Countries to See The Northern Lights!

For starters, Northern lights are the lights that are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern hemisphere. They are known as ‘Aurora borealis.’ Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Who can say no to see such beautiful northern lights? The beautiful, mystical, unearthly colours are indeed a treat to our eyes. For many travellers, seeing northern lights has always been on their wish list. Since there are a lot of countries to see the Northern Lights, you need to plan your accordingly well so that you get to have the best views.

We have compiled the list of best countries to see the Northern Lights in this post:

1. Norway

As you all know, one can’t get much further north than Norway. Up between the 74th and 81st parallel, the islands in Norway is well into the Arctic Circle. Generally, the higher the latitude, the better are the chances of seeing the Aurora. If you are planning to visit just one of the best places to see Northern Lights, then Norway should be the place

Best Viewing Locations: Svalbard Islands

Best time to see/visit: Between mid-November and the end of January is the best time to spot Northern Lights in Svalbard. This place will be without daylight and in the eerie blue twilight, Aurora is all the more beautiful.

Flights: Tickets to Norway are available as low as 34,000.

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2. Finland

One of the other best countries to see Northern Lights is Finland. This land is a beauty by itself for travelling. Traditionally known for Igloo houses, Northern Lights viewing from this place is all the more beautiful as you get to view the Aurora from you own Igloo. Furthermore, this place has a lot of winter adventure activities.

Best Viewing Locations: Kakslauttanen

Best time to see/visit: The best time to visit this place to view Northern Lights is around Christmas.

Flights: If booked in advance, Finland tickets will cost you Rs.34,000.

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3. Sweden

One of the lovely places to see Northern Lights, Sweden is also the home to one of the first ever ice hotels. Even the starry skies of Sweden are as beautiful as the Northern Lights. Easily, Sweden is not only one of the great places to see Northern Lights, but is also a lovely country to travel to. One can easily fall in love with this beautiful country

Best Viewing Locations: The village of Jukkasjärvi in the Kiruna region of Sweden is the best place to have your Northern Lights spotting tour.

Best time to see/visit: November to January is the best time to visit Sweden both for tourism and northern lights viewing.

Flights: Book your flight tickets now to experience this amazing phenomena.

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4. Iceland

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If you want to go to one of the most affordable places to see Northern Lights, then look no further than Iceland. This place is one of the most popular and accessible location to see the Northern Lights. Apart from Northern Lights, there is a plenty to fascinate about this land of geysers, volcanoes and blue ice. Also, don’t forget to check out the Game of Thrones locations while you are in this amazing country.

Best Viewing Locations: Reykjavik

Best time to see/visit: It is said that the Aurora is visible from late September to early April.

Flights: Fly to Iceland as low as Rs. 47,00 to see Northern Lights.

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5. Canada

While travelling to Canada can be quite expensive when compared to other places, the Aurora spotting here is worth all the money spent on travel. Further, Canada has a lot to offer to the tourists. Also, there are more than one Northern Lights viewing spots here. Once you have spot Northern Lights, you can travel around Canada and enjoy various activities ranging from skiing to sightseeing.

Best Viewing Locations: The whole of Northern Canada, especially Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.

Best time to see/visit: Winter at Canada is the right time to see Northern Lights.

Flights: You can get flight tickets at 47,000, if booked in advance.

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6. Scotland

If you do not want to travel a lot to see Northern Lights, then one of the well-known places to see Northern Lights is Scotland. In fact, Scotland has quite some lovely places for finding a dark sky at northerly latitudes. Furthermore, Scotland has some of the amazing sightseeing locations for the travellers. From trekking to cycling, Scotland is a land of paradise for all the travel and nature lovers.

Best Viewing Locations: Aviemore

Best time to see/visit: Whole of Scotland’s Autumn and winter seasons.

Flights: Fly to London for just Rs.33,000

7. Ireland

Another beautiful city that has some of the best places to sightsee, things to do, and cuisine to relish is Ireland. To catch the jaw-dropping, beautiful Northern Lights, Ireland is the country that you should go to. Northern Lights are spotted frequently in the northern parts of this country. The shimmery phenomenon is hard to miss in this country.

Best Viewing Locations: Donegal, Malin Head, Dunree, Mamore Gap, and Dunaff

Best time to see/visit: Winter season in Ireland – Although, the Northern Lights can be spot at anytime of the year in this country.

Flights: Book your flight tickets in advance to get price.

8. Russia

To the Russian Saami Tribes, Northern Lights still hold some special significance. People still gather together as groups to watch Northern Lights as a ritual. One of the lesser-visited, underrated places to view Northern Lights, Russia should definitely be on your wish list. Although the winters in Russia are quite unbearable, taking a vacation to Russia during winters is the best thing to do.

Best Viewing Locations: The Kola Peninsula – This is the best place to see Northern Lights in Russia.

Best time to see/visit: December or January – If you visit Russia during these months, you will be gifted with pitch dark nights that are obviously best to view the beautiful Northern Lights.

Flights: Fly to Moscow at just Rs. 22,000. Book your tickets now.

9. Alaska

Don’t want to travel much? Want to go to a straightforward place where you can have a city life and still spot Northern Lights? Go to Alaska. In the far north of the US, Alaska and its vast white-snowy wild landscape creates a beautiful scenario to let the glow of the Northern Lights reach you.

Best Viewing Locations: Fairbanks and Denali National Park are popular locations for watching the lights

Best time to see/visit: As Alaska is not as close to Artic as Norway, you need to go to this place during pitch dark winters – Christmas and post that is the best time to visit Alaska to spot Northern Lights.

10. Greenland

Last, but not the least – Greenland is another lovely country to see the Northern Lights. In fact, this is one of the conventional places to see the Northern Lights. Despite being the most southern country in Scandinavia, Greenland still has opportunities to see the lights on the Danish shores. Despite being a bit far from the Arctic Circle, you will definitely enjoy some of the clearest views of the Northern Lights in this country. People have been spotting Northern Lights in this country for centuries and even consider this as a ritual just like Russians.

Best Viewing Locations: Nuuk, Denmark, Faroe Islands

Best time to see/visit: September to the beginning of April

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your tickets, and visit one of these locations and relish the Northern Lights this winter.

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