Our Top Five Places to Watch the Northern Lights

Andrea Rempel

Have you ever wondered how those bright dancing lights are created? They are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. In the northern hemisphere, they are called Aurora borealis; in the southern half, Aurora australis.

The colours can appear as green or pink, but have also appeared as shades of red, yellow, green, blue and violet. They can look like patches in the sky, scattered clouds, light streamers, arcs and rippling curtains. But I’m sure we can all agree, that no matter what colour they are and what they look like, they will always be a magical sight.

Since The Great Canadian Travel Group is located in the northern hemisphere, that is where I will list the top 5 places to see these wondrous lights.

  1. Churchill, Manitoba: This northern town is located on the shores of Hudson Bay and is world-renowned for their abundance of polar bears in the fall and belugas in the summer. But, in the winter, it offers one of the best northern lights viewing opportunities in the world.
  2. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: The Aurora Escape Tour is one of our most booked adventures. This 5 day, 4 night experience will take you up to Yellowknife where you will have time to explore the history of the city before you are taken by a privately-charted plane to Blachford Lodge. It is here that you will have the opportunity to not only explore during the day, but also to discover the magic of the northern lights.
  3. Iceland: Depending on whether you want a guided tour or to explore the area on your own, Iceland has a plethora of quality northern lights viewing locations. Lake Myvatn boasts one of the best areas in Iceland to view the Aurora borealis. On this adventure, you will be able to enjoy the comforts of the on-site Northern Lights Shelter, explore the capital city of Reykjavik and witness the water cascading down at the spectacular Godafoss waterfall. It’s truly a sight to see.
  4. Norway: Watch the northern lights as they reflect off the water along this Norwegian cruise in a once in a lifetime opportunity. This 12 day cruise will take you along Norway’s coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes and back. Between September and March, the ship sails along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the northern lights. Gather on the deck to search the sky for these dancing lights.
  5. From the comfort of your own home: If you don’t have time or the means to get to the other places, explore.org has a live webcam focused on the sky in Churchill. Check out the snapshot gallery if you’re tuning in during the day, but keep an eye out at night to see if you can spot these mysterious lights dancing across your screen.

While these aren’t the only places you can go to see the Aurora, and are certainly not all the ones we can book for you, they are some of the best. Contact us so we can help you book a trip to see the dancing lights!

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