Your Travel Bucket List: The Northern Lights
Share This Article:
If a getaway to see the Northern Lights is on your bucket list or it just sounds like an amazing opportunity to see one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomenons, this may be your year. This natural wonder is caused by oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere colliding with electrically charged particles released from the sun. This happens at each magnetic pole and is usually mirrored occurring at the same time. Researchers have found that the Northern lights (known as the Aurora Borealis) is on a cycle; peaking around every eleven years. NASA’s senior scientists expect it to peak this December. When should I go? Opportunities and travels breaks have already begun and are expected to be available until early spring next year as the wonder is expected to still be visible. With over fifteen years of experience, Wilderness & Wildlife recommend visiting Iceland as well as Northern Finland and Swedish Lapland, which endures more stable weather conditions. Value breaks are available in October this year, as well as February and March where you can enjoy warmer conditions. Hotels and lodges are available in small villages or isolated locations, a recommended stop to avoid light pollution - many offering ‘aurora alarm’ services, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep without missing the event. The lights rarely appear before 10pm, so be prepared to wait. Hang in there, as it is uncommon for the lights to last all night.
- Article continues below...
- More stories you may like...
- 48 hours in in Ljubljana: Slovenia's fairy-tale capital
- Highlights of Huaraz, Peru: snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and Seeds of Hope
- How to stay sane (and safe) on an Indian sleeper train
You might also like...
People who read this also read...
CONTRIBUTOR OF THE MONTH
Top article: Fringe Review: Rust - The Musical @ theSpace