Ever since the dawn of civilization, humans have been enchanted by the aurora borealis or the northern lights illuminating the winter Arctic sky.
The flipping bands of green, purple and red hues lighting up the sky like heavenly fireworks attract people from allover the globe. Winter tours to view the aurora borealis are organized in the Arctic countries blessed with this divine spectacle.
Northern lights viewing in Alaska
Fairbanks in Alaska is best suited for watching the northern lights. Hotels and lodges of this region offer winter travel packages to see the aurora. The aurora could also occassionaly be viewed on the Anchorage sky, but for a better view people travel further north to the foothills of the Alaskan range.
Northern lights viewing in Scandinavia
Tromso in Norway is the most popular spot to view the northern lights in Scandinavia. Northern light viewing trips are often organized by tour operators of this region. Viewing the northern lights while dog sledding is a popular attraction of Tromso.
Among the various activities that travelers enjoy in Iceland during winter, viewing the northern lights is one of them. There are a number of package tours linked with aurora viewing.
A key attraction of Iceland associated with the northern lights is the Northern Light Inn. A 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, this cozy inn is located directly beneath the Borealis geomagnetic green belt.
Aurora Borealis viewing in Canada
During the fall and winter when the nights are darker and longer, the sky on Canada’s northern latitudes comes alive with the brilliant display of light. Viewing the aurora in the wilderness of Canada is difficult to miss even on the cold winter night.
Escorted tours are organized by several northern Canadian communities such as Churchill, Whitehorse, Muncho Lake, Flin Flon, Forth Simpson and Yellowknife.
Aurora viewing in Greenland
From Kulusuk in Greenland the Aurora is visible between late August and Late September. Aurora viewing trips are organized during the spring and autumn on the eastern cost of the country. Kangerlussuaq in Greenland is one of the best places in the world to see the beautiful illumination.