This jaw-dropping image is by Tor-Ivar Næss from Norway.
Mother Nature has gifted us with some amazing things in life, and one of them is the Northern Lights (or scientifically known as Aurora Borealis). Imagine just gazing at the open sky and watching it change colours into hues you’ve never seen or imagined before.
It’s truly nature’s ultimate work of art. You’ll probably be overwhelmed with emotions just seeing it happen before your eyes, which is actually an experience we aspire to achieve in 2018.
When it comes to the Northern Lights, the most common destination that comes to mind will always be Iceland. But did you know there are several other locations around the world where you can catch this magnificent light phenomenon?
We list down the best six destinations to view the Aurora Borealis besides Iceland according to National Geographic
#1 Yellowknife, Canada
To be honest, we thought that Canada is a place with spectacular mountain and lake views, scenic landscapes, a lot of moose, and polite people. Well, it turns out in Yellowknife, there’s a place called Aurora Village
for you to catch the Northern Lights!
The village even has its own website
which describes the place as “a place where traditional Aboriginal culture blends together with modern amenities for a truly remarkable experience discovering the mystery of the Aurora Borealis.”
Best time to visit: Mid-August to late April
#2 Tromsø, Norway
There are several areas in Tromsø where you can view the spectacular natural light show and the Norwegians themselves recommend either viewing from a village named Ersfjordbotn
, approximately 32km from Tromsø, or aboard the Norwegian Coastal Steamer Hurtigruten
along a fjord
. Well, no matter where you choose to see the Northern Lights, we're sure nothing beats viewing it while eating fresh Norwegian salmon.
Best time to visit: Mid-September to late March
#3 Fairbanks, Alaska
This city is said to be the best place to view the Aurora Borealis in the United States. Heck, it even has its own Aurora forecast system so you can always check to see if you’re in luck. Another edge Fairbanks has compared to other Aurora spots around the world is, you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights without the freezing cold in the comfort of a hot tub at a small village called Manley Hot Springs.
Best time to visit: Late August to mid-April
#4 Tasmania and New Zealand
Well, technically, you can't view the Northern Lights from New Zealand or Tasmania because they’re situated closer to the Southern Hemisphere, therefore the light phenomenon there is called the Southern Lights, or also known as Aurora Australis. The best place to catch the Southern Lights is at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand (you can read about it here
) or at Tasmania, Australia.
Best time to visit: All year round!
#5 Northern Sweden and Finland
If you wanted to know how Elsa lived in an ice castle with some majestic views of the Aurora Borealis, Northern Sweden is the place to be! You can stay at a real-life Ice Hotel and head to Abisko National Park to catch the natural orchestra of lights.
If you prefer Finland over Sweden, you can head to Muonio and get a prime view of the Northern Lights while glamping at an Aurora Dome nearby the majestic Lake Torassieppi.
Best time to visit: Mid-September to Late March
Of course, where else would be another great spot to catch one of nature's greatest spectacle on Earth if it isn't Greenland, which is situated right above Iceland. Greenland has 300 clear-sky days per year, so your chances of catching the Aurora Borealis is pretty high here. It is said that even if you stand in the middle of the street in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, you’ll be able to get a stunning view of the Northern Lights.
Best time to visit: Mid-August to late April in the south and late August to mid-April in Nuuk