Aurora Borealis, when and where?

If seeing the beautiful aurora in person is next on your bucket list. There is no better time than now to tick it off your bucket list! If you’ve done any research at all, you’ll have seen the articles that tell you to chase the northern lights and what are the best spots but I am going to tell you that you can see them through out the year if you plan to go different country.

It’s simple – we bring you to different parts of the world at different times of the year. Over the years, we have the knowledge and experience to tell you when and where chasing northern lights at all times of the year.

Canada

We went to see the northern light but did not have much luck other than tiny bit. Perhaps we were little early so that’s why felt the need to write this blog to let everyone know when is the best time to see the Northern lights. Canada’s northern provinces extend deep into the Arctic Circle and offer some of the most amazing locations from which to see the Northern Lights. Visiting towns that are furthest away from major cities will ensure the least amount of light pollution and the best view of the Lights.

Although it’s ideal to visit during the darkest months, planning your holiday for the beginning or the end of winter.

The best time and place to see the Northern Lights in Canada:

  • The Northwest Territories: Located in Canada’s far north, visitors have a higher chance of seeing the Northern Lights in this sparsely populated province during the late autumn and winter months when the days are the shortest – in late December, the sun sets at about 3pm.
  • Alberta: Once outside of the city, you can view the lights at anytime from September through to May in Alberta. Combine a northern lights trip with a visit to Banff National Park for a truly magical experience.
  • Manitoba: The town of Churchill in Manitoba has one of the heaviest concentrations of aurora activity and it’s best to visit between January and February. In Manitoba you can also see incredible wildlife such as beluga whales and polar bears.
  • Ontario: Although one of Canada’s more southerly provinces, there is still a chance to see the lights here, with the greatest odds in the depth of winter from January to February at the darkest time of the night in the hours around midnight.
  • British Columbia: British Columbia offers a range of places to see the Northern Lights, especially when travelling during the darker months from December to March. British Columbia also offers some of the world’s best skiing, which can be done in the colder seasons.
  • Yukon: Travellers visiting Yukon between December and March are likely to see the Northern Lights more than once. Like the Northwest Territories, the days are short during the winter. Yukon also offers a great range of activities during the winter months, with a huge selection of day tours and nature-based activities.

Finland

In Finland, it’s said that the when an arctic fox runs in the far north, its fur brushes against the mountains, creating sparks that fly up into the sky as the northern lights. With established folklore like this, you can be sure that there’s lots of fox fire for you to chase. One of the best destinations for aurora hunting, there are plenty of luxurious amenities available in Finland. Spend the night in a deluxe glass igloo with the stunning night scenery spread overhead as you fall asleep. Best of all, Finland’s attractions aren’t limited to the northern lights. You can also experience snow mobile fun, horse sledging, visit Santa’s village and binge on freshly caught King Crabs at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Yum!

Best chances of seeing the northern lights in Finland are from September to March.

Iceland

Any Game of Thrones fan will know that the most magnificent landscapes in the show were filmed in Iceland. It’s no surprise, then, that this rugged country also offers up excellent northern lights. After all, during the winter equinox, you get up to 20 hours of darkness a day in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, and up to 22 hours of darkness in Northern Iceland. That’s plenty of darkness in which the aurora can come out to play. Iceland also offers black sand beaches, whale and dolphin watching, geothermal spas glacier lakes and UNESCO World Heritage sites for your enjoyment during the day.

Best chances of seeing the northern lights are from September to March.

Russia

Russian city Murmansk in the Northwest of Russia and located beyond the Arctic Circle for this rare opportunity to experience the aurora in Russia. Of course, since you’ve already travelled all the way to Russia, it would be a shame not to explore the highlights. From Moscow to St Petersburg.

We begin in Moscow, where the ornate metro stations were dubbed “palaces for the people” by none other than Stalin himself. Tour the Moscow Kremlin, a fortress that serves as the official residence of the Russian President. View the iconic Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the historic Red Square, as well as other architectural marvels such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius outside of Moscow, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace in St. Petersberg. Savour exotic Russian cuisine, including ukha fish soup and reindeer meat – dishes you definitely won’t be able to sample in Australia. 

Best chances of seeing the northern lights in Russia are from September to March.

China

The northern parts of China reach so far north that you can view the magical aurora borealis! What’s more, the best chances of catching the northern lights occur just one week before or after the summer solstice. You read that right – summer! This means you might just be able to chase down the northern lights without the discomfort of sub-zero temperatures. Fly up to Mohe Village, also known as China’s Arctic Village, to experience this for yourself.

Don’t miss out on other unique experiences while in Northern China. Stay in a deluxe yurt and feel like a genuine herdsman, also enjoy sprawling Hulunbuir Grasslands in Inner Mongolia. We’ll also explored other unique habitats, such as the Zhalong National Nature Reserve in Heilongjian, home to the beautiful red-crowned cranes; Root River Wetlands in the outskirts of Ergun, where a silver river gently meanders through the wetlands; and the Daxing’anling Mountains, whose graceful slopes are covered with a verdant virgin forest. So many different natural landscapes.

Best chances of seeing the northern lights are during June and July.

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Norway

Best places in Norway to take a Northern Lights tour:

  • Tromso: The largest offer of Aurora Borealis tours in Norway is in this city.
  • Alta: Competing with Tromso to be the main “Northern Lights City” in Norway, Alta also has many companies offering Northern Lights tours.
  • Lofoten: Aurora tours are usually accompanied by photo tours to capture the beauty of the landscapes of the Lofoten Islands.
  • Senja: More and more tours are offered to see the Aurora from this region in northern Norway.

Best chances of seeing the northern lights in Norway are in winter from October to March.

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