Hidden Where?

Four Places to See the Northern Lights
Thom Sanders
It's one of the most beautiful sights on the planet, the Aurora Borealis. A natural event that many thousands set out to see every year and it's no wonder why. The famous illuminations circle earths polar caps at various points throughout the year, and their multihued aspect create a breath taking sight. Choosing where to see them can be a tricky decision though; this article will take a look at several of the options, to give you a better idea of where you can experience this magical event.

Norway - The town of Tromsø, located in Norway's far north, is famous for its Aurora Borealis activity. The lights in this region occur long after the extended summer days are gone and it's location above the Arctic Circle, well within the Northern Lights region, is widely known as one of the best places to experience the shimmering lights. The town is well equipped with everything you'd need during your stay here but it's not the only way to experience the lights in this region, there's also the option to cruise Norway's fjord-lined coast and experience the lights out on the open water.

Finland - Another northern country famed for its access to the Aurora Borealis is Finland. Many who come here head to Luosto in Northern Finland, the location of the Aurora Chalet. The Chalet is famed for its beeper system that alerts guests to the appearance of the Northern Lights, with data feed to the devices from the Northern Lights Research Center in the nearby town, Sodanklya. If that's a little too far north, then the lights can also be enjoyed in the skies over Nellim, a town located close to Finland's third largest lake, Lake Inari; it makes for a great location to see the lights shimmering over the still lake.

Iceland - Moving away from Scandinavia, our next location is the small island, Iceland. With a capital city that's well known for its nightlife, Iceland makes for a great all round destination to see the Northern Lights. If you want to see the lights while you're here then heading out to the pingvellir National Park. The park is a UNESCO Heritage Site located where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet, which coincidentally forms a wide open plane perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis.

Alaska - The final destination on our list is the other side of the globe, Alaska. Although not as often associated with the Aurora Borealis, the US state is still located well within the Northern Lights region. The best way to see the lights here has to be on a costal cruise, away from the lights of the big cities.