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What Is Aurora Borealis Or Northern Lights?

What Is Aurora Borealis Or Northern Lights?

The northern lights, also widely known as Aurora Borealis, is a spectacular display of lights caused by a collision between charged particles from the sun and the Earth's magnetic field. As a result, this creates a stunning, natural light show that can be seen in many places worldwide.

When To See The Northern Lights?

Different factors come into play that influence when to see the Aurora Borealis. Generally, September through April is typically the best period to see the lights. This is because the nights are longer and darker during this time, providing more opportunities to see the lights.
You can explore various packages of trips to see the aurora borealis in any of your preferred locations from the list below.

Where To See The Northern Lights? 

Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, located in the heart of Alaska, is the city that offers a front-row seat to the aurora borealis. Due to its location under the auroral oval, Fairbanks experiences the northern lights activity almost every clear night from late August to mid-April.

Kiruna, Sweden

Kiruna is a small Swedish Lapland town known for its stunning northern lights displays. Kiruna offers some of the best chances to view the aurora with its remote location and clear skies. The best time to see the lights in Kiruna begins from September till March. However, due to the high tour booking demand, you should plan and book your trips to see the aurora borealis in advance.

Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" and is one of the best places to view the northern lights in Europe. Situated around 217 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the city is surrounded by mountains and fjords, making it the perfect location to witness the aurora. From late September to early April, visitors can enjoy northern lights tours and even take a cable car up a mountain to view the lights more closely.

Yellowknife, Canada

Yellowknife, located in Canada's Northwest Territories, is another great destination for viewing the northern lights. Due to its northern location and clear skies, the city offers excellent opportunities to witness the aurora. Visitors can take a guided tour to remote areas or even stay in a cozy cabin to fully immerse themselves in the experience. Check out our best Aurora Borealis tours in Canada today!

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland, is also an excellent place to see the northern lights. The city is located close to the Arctic Circle, and it is one of the few places in the world that allows you to see the aurora borealis from the city's center. The best time to see the lights in Reykjavik is September to April.


If you're looking for a breathtaking natural phenomenon to witness, the northern lights are high on the list. These awe-inspiring displays of colorful lights dancing across the night sky are typically astonishing and mesmerizing.

So if you're interested in experiencing the wonder of the northern lights for yourself, start planning your trip today! Contact Yellowknife Tours today to book one of the best Aurora Borealis tours in Canada.

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