Experience the Northern Lights
Catch the spectacular show from one of these popular spots.
Captured by photographers around the world, the Northern Lights (also known as the aurora borealis) is a multicolored light show that is most commonly seen in arctic skies. To see this dramatic display in person, bundle up and head north to these snowcapped escapes. And don’t forget your camera!
One of the best, and most famous, spots to catch the Northern Lights is the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The unique hotel includes a mix of permanent buildings and seasonal ice structures and offers guests a stay in a warm room or cold art suite made of ice and snow.
One of the coolest Northern Lights experiences happens to be in Finland, where you can admire the view from a cozy bed and warm down sleeping bag inside a glass igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. If the thought of staying in an igloo makes you shiver, there are plenty of other lodging options at the resort, including a stay in Santa’s home (just make sure you behave yourself, since Santa’s always watching).
What’s better than viewing the spectacular Northern Lights? Attending a whole festival dedicated to the Northern Lights! The annual Northern Lights Festival in Tromsø, Norway is a nine-day celebration that features music, dance and electronic performances, with some happening right under the lights. Stay at the Malangen Resort to experience other outdoor winter adventures, like biking, dogsledding and snowshoeing.
If you don’t want to pull out your passport, head north to Fairbanks, Alaska for a beautiful view. Fairbanks lies directly beneath a band of aurora activity, meaning from August to May the town regularly sees a stunning show of green, yellow and purple. Stay at the Aurora Borealis Lodge, located about 20 miles north of Fairbanks, for a cozy show.
Helpful tip: depending on where you go, book your trip between October and April, as the skies are clearer and it’s still dark enough to view the stars. Prime viewing time each night is between 9 PM. and 2 AM.
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