10 Super Amazing Places To Enjoy The Mystical Northern Lights

The best places to see the Northern Lights are scattered across the most extreme latitudes on earth. 

From Canada and Alaska to Norway and Iceland, the Aurora Borealis can be viewed across a diverse and long list of places. 

10 Super Amazing Places to Enjoy the Mystical Northern Lights

Naturally, determining the best Northern Lights destination can sometimes be difficult, with many different factors to consider. 

However, don’t worry! As this is where our expertise comes into play. In this guide, we have outlined all the best destinations to view the Northern Lights. So you can start planning that trip you have always dreamed of and scratch it off your bucket list! 

Let’s get straight into it! 

Greenland

Greenland is the largest island on the planet, but also one of the least populated ones, too – mostly inhabited by Inuit populations. 

It is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark and was given the name ‘Greenland’ by a Viking exile. This, and other archeological evidence, prove that the areas now covered in ice; were once covered in green meadows.   

In Greenland, the northern lights can be viewed all year round; although, they are especially visible from August to October. 

Alaska

Oddly, the largest state in The United States is also the least populated. However, this isn’t a bad thing. As a result, nature here is unspoiled: lakes, mountains, and forests are always coated in a layer of snow. 

Due to its tricky and inhabitable environment, Alaska is a safe haven for many species of animals and plants.

Dating back to the age of gold diggers, Alaska has always been a destination favored by those looking for a retreat away from civilization. 

If you are looking for the best place to admire the northern lights in Alaska, then consider Denali National Park which encompasses the highest mountain on the American continent. 

As a result of its isolation from residential areas, light pollution here is virtually non-existent. 

In Alaska, the northern lights can be viewed as early as the beginning of August. 

Fær Øer Islands

This subarctic archipelago composed of 18 distinct, small islands resides in the Kingdom of Denmark. 

Here, the islands are cold but they receive the benefits of a warming effect due to the Gulf Stream. Oftentimes enclosed in thick fog, these islands provide visitors with a mysterious and romantic landscape. 

Since it’s closer to the equinoxes, the northern lights will be brighter and can be seen from almost every corner of the archipelago. 

10 Super Amazing Places to Enjoy the Mystical Northern Lights

Thanks to the unpopulated houses and villages, the sky is left largely undisturbed, providing you with a spectacular display. 

Canada 

Canada is the second largest country in the world and consists mostly of flat and cold environments. In fact, in the northern parts of the country, the snow never melts!

To see the best northern lights here, it is best to wait until the winter months or the equinoxes, when the nights begin to get darker and longer (but also colder, too). 

The best places are in the Yukon Province of Whitehorse and Lake Superior’s shores. Here, you will experience subarctic climates where clouds and rain are very unlikely – giving you a higher chance of seeing the spectacular lights. 

Russia

Spanning from Eastern Europe, over Northern Asia, to the Pacific Ocean; Russia is the widest country in the world. As a result of its broad surface, it is home to a variety of climate regions, vegetal species, animals, and landscapes. 

Human settlement is most common on the European side of Russia, whereas the largest region, Siberia, is mostly empty. In fact, in the northernmost parts, you can even find traces of the ancient Ice Ages.

You are most likely to see the northern lights near the equinoxes; between the 20th of March and September. 

During the highest points of the Sun’s cycle, you may even see the northern lights in Siberia and past the Urals. 

Regardless, they can also be viewed in every region past the Polar Artic Circle. The closest area to Moscow is Murmansk; although, in Arkhangelsk, you’re more likely to see the lights due to the clear winter nights. 

For an enhanced viewing experience, travel north, following the River Dvina, away from residential areas. This can be achieved by plane, from Saint Petersburg or Moscow. 

Iceland

In Europe, Iceland is the northernmost island. It is situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; this is a volcanic chain that covers the North to South side of the Atlantic Plate. 

Thanks to its geographical location, it is known for its glaciers, glacial rivers, and active volcanoes. This extraordinary contrast makes Iceland one of the most fascinating countries in the world. 

The northern lights are most visible during the dead of night. However, due to Iceland’s high latitude, they can experience light skies even at night during the summer months. So, the best time to see these colorful lights would be between September and April. 

Sweden

Out of all the Scandinavian Peninsula countries, Sweden is the largest; although, it is sparsely populated. 

A large proportion of the country is covered by forests that are almost entirely protected by reserves and natural parks, which safeguard their biodiversity. 

In the West, the string of Scandinavian Alps divides Sweden from Norway. These mountains are ancient, so there are no especially high peaks.

The capital, Stockholm, was erected on hundreds of tiny islands, all interlinked between bridges to the mainland. 

The best place to see the northern lights is Abisko – the Swedish Lapland – between Mid-September to the end of March. 

10 Super Amazing Places to Enjoy the Mystical Northern Lights

Thanks to a combination of dark nights and incredible lakes, it serves as a fantastic light show. For instance, the Blue Hole of Abisko. 

Finland

Finland makes up one of three countries belonging to the Scandinavian Peninsula. More than one-third of the country resides past the Polar Artic Circle with a surface littered with thousands of glacial lakes. 

In the northernmost part, you will find the Lapland region, which stretches across Norway, Sweden, Finland, and even Russia. 

Finland consists of a constant upland, which is the result of the areas characterized by glacial activities. 

Between September and March, you can spot the northern lights every two nights in the northernmost parts of Lapland. However, you can also see them at least 10 times a year in the southern region. 

A tourist favorite region is Sodanklya where the Northern Lights Research Center is located. 

Norway

Norway is the third country that makes up the Scandinavian Peninsula, located on the westernmost point. 

Known for its fjords and thousands of small islands residing on the Atlantic coast, Norway is the northernmost country in Continental Europe. 

The territory itself is mostly made up of mountains, scattered with Scandinavian Alps from North to South. 

The climate, despite its latitude, is considered fairly mild. This is due to the Gulf Stream. Towards the South, the plains surrounding the capital, Oslo, are cultivated. 

When in Norway, the best place to view the northern lights is on Lofoten Island, characterized by its hidden villages and majestic mountains. 

Generally known as an ideal location for fishing, it makes for an excellent position for both surfing and kayaking, too. 

Here, the lights create a spectacular display by interacting with the sea to cause a particularly milky effect. 

This is caused by luminescent plankton; however, it is known to Norwegians as ‘Morild’. 

Ireland

Ireland is located in the North of Europe, and is well known for its immense rolling valleys, giving her the name “Emerald Isle”. 

These immense green spaces give way to steep cliffs found on the west coast, which is battered by the Atlantic’s fierce waves. 

The climate here is warmed as a result of the Gulf Stream but is also known for its frequent rains with the northern and western regions among the windiest in the whole of Europe. 

Located in Donegal County, you’ll find the perfect conditions for admiring the breathtaking lights. Its impressive landscapes provide an unforgettable background to the light show. 

It is recommended to travel up to the Inishowen Peninsula, which is the least populated area – distancing yourself away from sources of artificial light.  

At some points in the year, the northern lights can travel far along the coast, towards the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

Final Thoughts

On many people’s bucket lists, the number one activity is to see the northern lights. Not only does it offer an otherworldly, spectacular display, but it is also a once-in-a-lifetime moment for many people. Therefore, choosing the right place to enjoy this very special moment is important.

From Canada and Alaska to Finland and Sweden, hopefully, this guide has informed you on all the best places to enjoy the mystical northern lights – so you can finally tick it off your bucket list and make some memories!

Mylene Mace