The Northern Lights – The Most Spectacular Natural Event in the World has been an attraction among many nature-enthusiasts, travelers, astronomers, and common people as well. These splendid and colorful occurrences light up the night skies of several countries located in the Northern Hemisphere. It is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
These nature’s fireworks are happening in Polar Regions of both the hemispheres. These are called as Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere and Aurora Australis in the southern counterpart. Commonly they are called polar lights or Aurora Polaris.
No wonder…these are on the wish list of the most bag-packers across the globe. But this extravagant phenomena is elusive and little hard to track down. If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the phenomena then you need to travel to Aurora hotspots to enhance your probability of viewing them.
Where Does It Take Place
This spectacular light show generally takes place in the northern regions but can be visible from many parts of the world. So to maximize your chance to witness the lights you need to be present in a suitable spot. Usually, these lights have more occurrences between the latitude 66 to 69 degrees north.
The favorable regions are Canada, Alaska, Parts of Greenland, northern Russia and northern Scandinavia. The zone where the chances of seeing them are high is named as “Aurora Zone”. Under strange circumstances, they can be visible as far south as Mexico and Florida.
Suitable Time to View
You can view them throughout the year. However, the number and magnitude of occurrence vary over place and time. If you travel to Alaska or Greenland to see the northern lights, then chances are good to see them in most nights of the year.
Winters, especially from November to January is a very suitable time to view them in the northern polar region. Although these phenomena also happen during the day time it is not visible to your naked eyes. After all, the fireworks look splendid in the night skies!
What Causes the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights take place when solar particles from the sun have a collision with gases present in the Earth’s atmosphere. The energy created due to the collision between the solar particle and the atmospheric gas or the “collision energy” is emitted as a light particle called ‘photon’. This band of light gets bigger when solar activity is more. You can witness the dance of these lights when more collision occurs between the solar particles and the atmospheric gases.
Hotspots to Witness the Aurora Borealis
You can’t see these lights perfectly. Some places also offer more as the colors, size, and pattern of lights vary from region to region and from place to place. To get the experience of your life you need to choose your Aurora Destination carefully. Let us embark upon some of the best Aurora Destinations to be considered by you as they are quite famous and offer the most.
Svalbard which is a hotspot for viewing the uncanny Northern Lights is situated in one of the northernmost places. surprise that it comes out at the top in our list. It is an island located in the Arctic Circle and belongs to Norway. Plan your visit between mid-November and January to get the most of it.
Northern Canada is also famous for its suitable spots for aurora phenomena. Most of the Americans prefer these spots because of proximity. The best places you may plan for your aurora-witnessing-visit are Yukon, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.
Reykjavik located in Iceland offers ideal locations to see aurora lights. If you are visiting this place you would get additional spectacular views of volcanoes, geysers, and blue ice.
Kakslauttanen is a noted spot for aurora. You can enjoy your time and relax inside the glass igloos and watch the dancing of the lights in the dark sky. If you are visiting this place then don’t forget to explore other nearby attractions. You may visit the Urho National Park or go in a reindeer safari or visit Santa’s home (Korvatunturi).
Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotland is endowed with nature’s bounty. You would be enthralled by the beautiful hills, hilltop castles, pristine forests and have many hotspots to view the Aurora Borealis. When you visit in winter you would get the chance to enjoy an array of winter activities that takes place annually.
The Amusing Northern Lights are indeed the best among the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. It is colorful, grand, spectacular but elusive. You are more knowledgeable now… about the suitable places and times…must be more excited as well to view the Auroras in your own eyes. Plan ahead of your travel and take all necessary things so that you can concentrate your time on the “dance of the light in the middle of the night sky”.
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