One of the top items on my bucket list is to see the Aurora Borealis in person. And now just may be the perfect time for me to check that item off — turns out, it’s best to head North during fall or winter, when the Northern Hemisphere has fewer hours of daylight and the lights are most visible.
The breathtaking view would be so magical and slightly (okay, very) different from the lovely layer of smog we have in LA! And just looking at the beautiful photos people have taken of the spectacular Northern Lights is enough to make me want to book a ticket today.
Check out these 7 stunning places to see the Aurora Borealis here, and learn a thing or two about the magical light display.
7 Stunning Places to See the Aurora Borealis 1 of 8
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Alaska 2 of 8
American travelers can head to Alaska to get a stunning glimpse. Alaska is said to be one of the best places to see them for people from North America.
Sweden 3 of 8
The Aurora Borealis is the name for the lights in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Aurora Australis in the South. One of the best places to see them in the Northern Hemisphere is in Sweden.
Photo via Wikimedia.
Finland 4 of 8
You can also get a great view, just like this from Finland. The lights are actually collisions that take place when electrically charged particles from the sun enter our atmosphere.
Space 5 of 8
If you are ever able to head to space on Virgin Galactic, you might just get a chance to see the lights from this bird's-eye view. How do the lights get here? The electrons from the sun are blown to Earth creating the Aurora Borealis because of the solar winds.
Quebec, Canada 6 of 8
The gorgeous Aurora Borealis lights up the sky in Quebec, Canada. Head to the northern tip of Kuujjuaq, Quebec, to get a beautiful view.
What shapes do the lights come in? These lights appear in many different shapes - clouds of light, arcs, and rays.
Iceland 7 of 8
The Aurora Borealis comes in many different colors! This red is absolutely spectacular, but the pale green color is the most common. Get a stellar glimpse of them in Iceland during the winter months. It might be a bit cold, but seeing this light display could be totally worth it.
Greenland 8 of 8
Head to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to catch the night sky lit up bright at night. The lights are actually there all year round, but the best time to see them is September through the beginning of April.
How high do they reach? This stunning light show can reach up to 400 miles above our Earth's surface.
Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.