10 Places to See Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis

Apparently, the aurora there are two kinds: First, aurora borealis or northern lights. Second, aurora australis or southern lights. There are only a few places to see aurora borealis and aurora australis, which is in the northernmost regions of the earth and the southernmost regions of the earth.

Aurora borealis is usually seen when the sky looks darker and brighter without clouds, between September and October, as well as March and April. While the aurora australis usually seen around March. If you want to see the aurora’s beauty live at least once in a lifetime, you need to know the list of places to see the aurora and the best time to watch it:

1. Alaska, US

The state of Alaska in the northern tip of the United States is the place to see the best aurora. There are three favorite spots to watch aurora borealis in Alaska: Fairbanks, Anchorage and Denali. But the best spot is Fairbanks.

In the city of Fairbanks there is the University of Alaska which usually issued reports on the occurrence of the appearance of auroras and their conditions. In Fairbanks there is also a hot spring, which is the best place to warm up while watching aurora borealis.

The best time to watch aurora borealis in Alaska is between December and March. The darker the more auroral sparks can be seen, especially between 10 pm and 3 am.

2. Canada

The northernmost tip of the Canadian state connects to the North Pole, thus benefiting the Canadian population by being able to watch the aurora borealis with ease. Spot and places to see aurora borealis in Canada are Alberta, British Columbia, and Yellowknife.

In Yellowknife there is Aurora Village which is a campsite area teepee (typical Indian tribal camp). At this camp, visitors can get the best seating to watch the aurora at night. Aurora Village is a 25-minute drive from downtown Yellowknife.

3. Greenland

Greenland lies between the northern Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. This is the place where the aurora borealis most often appears. Aurora borealis can be seen clearly in Greenland from September to late March.

The weather in Greenland is cold all year round because it is located at the northern end of the earth. But in April to August, the aurora is not visible at all from Greenland.

This, because of the phenomenon of “midnight sun”, in which the sun continues to shine brightly even after midnight. People who have just come to Greenland in the summer may be confused about night and day.

4. Iceland

The best time to see aurora borealis in the country of Iceland is from November to February. You can see aurora borealis from almost every place in Iceland.

But the places to see the most favorite aurora are: Landmannalaugar, Reykjavik, Vik I Myrdal, Vatnajokul National Park, Thingvellir National Park, and Jokulsarlon.

Moyan Brenn, a photographer who once created the aurora borealis photo project in Iceland, says that the best spot or spot to see the aurora is Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, about 250 kilometers from Reykjavik.

This place is filled with ice blocks that reflect the light of the aurora, so it looks more amazing.

Moyan Brenn also advised to check the weather report first. Because the rain water and huan snow that often go down in Iceland can ruin the experience of watching aurora borealis.

5. Scotland

The best spot to see aurora borealis in the Scottish state is Cairngorms National Park. The park also offers other activities, such as snowsports, hiking, golf, and bungee jumping.

Most visitors who come to Cairngorms National Park bring their own caravan car, as spending the night in a tent during winter in Scotland is not a good idea. But you can book full accommodations from Cairngorms National Park if you do not want to camp or can not bring your own caravan car.

6. Finland

Finland is one of the countries and the best place to see aurora borealis. Each year, Finland is visited by thousands of tourists who deliberately come to see the light radiance aurora borealis. From late August to April, aurora borealis can be seen in Finland.

And the best places to see aurora in Finland are: Kakslauttanen, Ivalo, Nellim, Nuorgam, Luosto, and Utsjoki.

Kakslauttanen Artic resort even provides igloo made of glass, so visitors can watch the aurora borealis from within the igloo. The other best spot is the Paatsjoki Bridge in Nellim, near the Finnish-Russian border.

7. Norway

The best time to see aurora borealis in Norway is between late September and March.

And the places to see the best aurora are Tromsø, Svalbard, Lofoten, Finnmark, and Alta. Although actually aurora borealis can be seen in all regions of Norway.

8. Sweden

Aurora borealis can be seen in Sweden from late September to April. With the most intense look between the hours of 10 pm to 1:30 am, if the sky is bright.

The places to see the best aurora borealis in Sweden are: Abisko, Torne Valley, Porjus, Laponia, Jokkmokk, and Lulea.

Special in Abisko, visitors can enjoy the scenery of the mountains under the most famous of northern Scandinavian skies.

Visitors can also stay at the Ice Hotel, or spend the night at Aurora Sky Station offering attractive accommodation, more than just watching the aurora borealis.

9. Denmark

Aurora borealis is actually rarely seen in the country of Denmark. But early September 2017 there was a huge explosion on the surface of the sun, which was the biggest explosion since the last ten years. This phenomenon makes the aurora visible in more places than usual, including Denmark.

The phenomenon of such solar surface explosion is rare, Do not know whether winter 2018 in Denmark can look aurora borealis again or not.

10. Antarctic

The best place to see aurora australis is Antarctic at the South Pole. You do not need a passport or visa to get here, because Antarctica does not enter any country territory.

But Antarctica is very difficult to access. Unless you are wealthy enough to rent your own boat. Or if you join a group of scientists who will conduct a research expedition, they usually get great funding support from a particular institution.

Other places to see aurora australis are Australia and New Zealand. Aurora australis is rumored to have been seen in 2000 in Tasmania, Australia. But the rest, aurora australis only seen every 11 years of activity of the sun point.

Another reason aurora australis is rarely seen is because the color is brighter, and appears in areas that are rarely populated.

Since the place to see aurora australis is difficult to access, the traveler prefers to go northward to see the aurora borealis.

How about you? If you get a chance to see the aurora, will you go to a comfortable place in the north, or want to challenge yourself by going south?


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