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Aurora Borealis: Our Planet Re-discovered
11 Oct 2017

Aurora Borealis: Our Planet Re-discovered

If the solar winds have stirred far off in the velvety night then showers of light- Gold and Violet, rose and Green paint the sky. That’s Aurora Borealis popularly known as the Northern Lights described in the most beautiful way in a novel called ‘Each Angel Burns’.

You can keep a lot of things in your bucket list, but you ought to add this dream to witness nature’s amazing fireworks –the magical Northern Lights in all its colours to it too.

What are Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are created when solar wind packed with charged particles come into Earths magnetosphere. The charged particles, mainly electrons, and protons, get precipitated into the upper atmosphere where their energy is lost causing emitting of coloured lights. This emitted light is what we see here down at Earth as Northern Lights.

Where can you see them?

1. Norway – To experience the unbelievable colours that moves across the Arctic sky visit Norway. It is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains and glaciers. With its ice capped mountains, Norway offers spectacular northern light watching.

Tromsø is one of the popular destinations for sighting lights.

Best time:

October to March.

2. Finland – Sleeping under the Northern Lights in the Igloo Hotel (Arctic Resort Kakslauttanen) in Lapland is THE thing. Imagine Imagine stepping into a glass igloo, nestled in the middle of this magical place, and being enveloped by the warmth of the log fire. Well, you probably would want to stay wide awake and watch the lights dance than miss out on this beautiful phenomenon by sleeping. Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights - they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.

Best time:

September to March.

3. Sweden – Travel up north to the Sweden’s top most region to witness the colourful night sky. When it comes to seeing the Northern Lights, darkness is your best friend.

One thing that’s always worth bearing in mind: just because you take a trip to the far north of Sweden, it doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to see the northern lights.

It’s very possible to spend a whole week in Lapland during winter and still not see anything.

Best time:

September to March.

4. Iceland – Iceland without a doubt is an ideal place to watch the Northern Lights. there are lots of fantastic things to do in Iceland and it’s always best to think of seeing the northern lights as a bonus. Plan your trip with unique experience like The Aurora Bubble. You will be contented even if you miss out on the magical phenomenon.

Best time:

October to March

5. Alaska - The city of Fairbanks, in Alaska is considered as the best place to see the Northern lights. Fly from Fairbanks to the remote village of Coldfoot, in the Brooks Mountain Range. After the spectacular flightseeing experience, you’ll have two to three days to explore this rugged, fascinating landscape, with excursions from town.

Best time:

December to March

Though they say that in coming years it will be difficult to spot the lights for some years, but the lights have sparked some interest in me and it’s on my wishlist. What about you?


- by Twinkle Motta, Content Leader