Northern Lights can be seen in both the northern & southern hemisphere and are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south.
Where Is The Best Place To Watch The Northern Lights?
If you want to see the best of this celestial disco then you have to head above latitude 60 degrees at the least! Another criteria to be kept in mind is that areas free from ‘light pollution’ are the best places to watch Northern Lights.
Head to the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland (remember the 60 degree I was mentioning earlier?). In northern Norway, especially the area around Tromso. Another good place is Sweden’s Abisko National Park. Abisko has a peculiar microclimate with less precipitation but is within the aurora zone, this makes sighting Northern Lights highly probable! Finish Lapland is also famous for its sightseeing & the reindeers! Iceland is another good choice, however you must keep a few days in hand to compensate for cloudy skies. On the other hand, Russia, does get a good dosages of Northern Lights but the areas are relatively hard to reach & lack proper infrastructure.
In North America
The best places to watch the lights are in the northwestern parts of Canada, particularly the Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Alaska. Another great option is to take a train across the auroral zone. In Alaska good viewing is available from Fairbanks & up.
When is the best time to catch Northern Lights
Between late September and late March between 6pm and 1am is your best time of spotting the lights. October to November and February to March are considered optimum periods & 9pm to 2am tends to be prime viewing time.
So, heres your guide for chasing the elusive but dramatic Northern Lights! Mind you, she needs loads of patience and prayers to show herself, so keep extra days in hand! Happy chasing!