Chasing the Northern Lights? Visit These 5 Countries for the Best Views
Seeing the elusive, ethereal Aurora Borealis in person is an item adventure-seekers around the world want to tick off their bucket list. More commonly known as the Northern Lights, this natural phenomenon paints the night sky with majestic hues, a breathtaking lights show offered by Mother Earth for free—but only to the patient and determined.
While there are apps that claim to predict when Lady Aurora is most likely to appear, nobody knows for sure when to find her. The best way is to keep chasing her in pitch darkness from late September to March—with absolutely no guarantee of witnessing her beauty. But hey, it’s a universal truth that good things come to those who wait, right?
Up for the challenge? Below are 5 countries known for the most magnificent views of the Northern Lights.
Where to go: (1) Reykjavik, Hofuoborgarsvaoio, or (2) Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
Where to go: (1) Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, (2) Whitehorse, Yukon, or (3) Iqaluit, Nunavut
I can’t explain how awesome and how much of a challenge it is to be out in a place you have never seen before on your own searching for a composition in the dark. I usually have my google maps on and just drive out into the darkness. At first it can be a bit intimidating but after you get past that it’s just so peaceful and beautiful to watch this light show. I don’t often go out with other photographers as I find it so much easier to be creative on my own. The only thing that makes it better is by having my family with me. @explorecanada
3. The United States of America
Where to go: (1) Fairbanks, Alaska, or (2) Denali National Park, Alaska
Where to go: (1) Svolvær, Lofoten (2) Senja, or (3) Alta
Where to go: (1) Kangerlussuaq, (2) Ammasalik, or (3) Nuuk
Photographically it can be hard to find a foreground that will compete with a strong aurora display. It wasn't so much of an issue that night, as we watched the lights dance above the crevasses of the Greenland icecap. That spot will definitely go down as one of the most incredible settings I've had the chance the photograph the lights from! As for @MathieuLeLay, friend and filmmaker, he was running around that area all night so it seems fair to assume he got some solid footage for his film, In the Starlight, which comes out at the end of the year. ?? Oh and we're going back to Greenland with a few people in 2019! Join the newsletter if you're interested in shooting some aurora in one of the most amazing settings on Earth, link in bio. #ILoveGreenland #GreenlandPioneer #WildlyCreative #IntheStarlight @ballwatch #Manfrotto #CanonCanada
Which country are you booking a flight to, stat?