The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, is a phenomenon that many people want to see at least once in their lifetime. The blue green and purple hues that light up the sky are something you can’t miss if given the chance! So planning a trip with all of the changing conditions in mind is probably your best bet to see them.
The lights are most active around the equinoxes in March and September, although they are around for most of the year. However, weather conditions, time of night and even what phase the moon is in can have an effect on your viewing experience. For example, the further north you go during the summertime, the fewer hours of darkness you’ll have, thus limiting visibility. A full moon can actually obstruct your view too, so visiting during a new moon would be preferable. Lastly, staying for a minimum of three nights can increase your chances, because of how unpredictable conditions are each day.
There are some great resources out there that go into more detail about current conditions, such as The University of Alberta’s Aurora Watch and University of Alaska at Fairbanks’ Aurora Forecast. In general, it is best to visit sometime between the fall and springtime, around where the aurora belt is most active. Below are some of the best destinations to see the northern lights!
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