WITNESS THE WORLD'S MOST ASTONISHING LIGHT DISPLAY
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Each year the galaxy ignites in an astounding light show. Vivid colors electrify the sky and delight anyone lucky enough to be looking up. Between October and March, the Arctic Circle becomes a charming place to glimpse one of nature’s most dazzling scenes. Whether it’s Canada, Iceland , or Scandinavia, high altitudes mark the perfect spot for travelers aching for enchantment.
Where?Head north! Aurora-hunters travel as far as they can above the Arctic Circle. Think Norway, Sweden, Alaska and Canada – snowy landscapes and majestic pine forests. City lights can spoil the show, but local companies often arrange special excursions into the wilderness.
Your best chance is during the dark nights of winter. Crossing your fingers for clear skies is one strategy, but it’s best to book when the nights are the longest to give yourself maximum viewing time.
Yep, you guessed it – it’s going to be cold! Clear skies and 24-hour nights mean sub-zero living. When staying warm and cozy is your number one priority, these simple tips can make all the difference. Layers! Stock up on long johns and thermal undershirts then throw a few layers of knitwear and fleece on top. The savvy Arctic traveler always prepares for the elements. Pick up an insulated coat, then grab the warmest gloves and socks you can find. If the investment seems a bit steep, you can also find sporting goods stores that rent out skiwear.
Explore the wilderness
Looking for a winter wonderland? Searching for Santa’s village or spectacular skiing? Luckily, the Arctic has plenty of other activities to keep you warm while chasing the northern lights. Whether you’re a heli-skier or hitting the slopes for the first time, the pristine mountain snow awaits. For a wilder ride, hop on a snowmobile, or try dog sledding for a more authentic vibe. Head to the coast for whale-spotting day trips, or find a lake for some ice fishing with a local guide. If you’re in the area, pay a visit to Santa and his reindeer, then look up your nearest ice hotel and bar for a “chill” night out.
Capture the Moment
Once you’ve seen something this unbelievable, you’ll need proof for your friends back home. You don’t have to be the best photographer to get that million-dollar shot. Take a good camera. Your smartphone might be your go-to for selfies, but try to get your hands on a DSLR camera or one with manual timer settings. In order to capture the Aurora you should take long exposure shots. These can turn out blurry if you don’t keep your camera still, so pack a tripod.
Just like us, batteries lose their energy when the temperature dips into the minuses. Make sure you have some spares with you just in case.
Check out our top three pick of accommodation:
Witness the magic of the sky under the dome of these glass igloos. The glass-roofed, arctic view rooms offer a whole new opportunity to experience Finland's ever-changing nature while enjoying the comforts of a hotel room.
Situated beside the Vasara Reindeer Ranch, next to the Kilpisjärvi wilderness area. Guests can enjoy mountain views and hunting for the Northern Lights in the surroundings.
This two villas compound both have stunning views of the Olfusa river. Selfoss is a great location for exploring the south of Iceland. It is close to Reykjavik and to major attractions in the south.
Each self-catering unit has a modern full kitchen, terrace and mountain or river views. Free WiFi is available. Each holiday house comes with a seating and dining area. A flat-screen TV and DVD player are available in some units. It is also fitted with a dishwasher, oven, and fridge. The private bathroom has a shower, bathrobes, and slippers. Geysir and Gulfoss falls are about a 1-hour drive away. Reykjavik is 52 km away.
Located on the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord in western Greenland this is the World's most northerly four-star hotel located right on the edge of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord.
The hotel offers explorations to nearby icebergs, seals and fjords. They also provide helicopter tours of neighboring icebergs. Located in Disco Bay, you can arrive by dog sled through the colorful wood house town. You can also stay in one of their eight igloo cottages.
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