Welcome to wherecanyouseethenorthernlights.com. A place on the web where you can find out more about the awe inspiring sight that is the Northern Lights and most importantly inform you where you can see the northern lights from ! Ok, Hang on, wait, we’re not here to sell you anything, we just love The Lights so much it’s become a bit of a passion and we want to spread some of that magic.
We’ve probably all heard of them, especially if we’ve seen the file The Golden Compass or seen Joanna Lumley’s stunning, emotional travelogue about seeing the Northern Lights for the first time. For many of us they’re just an expression we’ve come across without really wondering what, why, where or when. Well, this website is really about all of those things. So..
Where are the Northern lights ?
Firstly we need to point out that “The Lights” (as they’re known amongst friends) happen in two places, yes the Northern Lights are in the Northern hemisphere and what’s known as the Southern Lights appear in the Southern hemisphere! But that’s a whole new website. Perfect for another day, here we’re strictly northern.
The Northern Lights or aurora borealis are probably the most beautiful free light show in the whole world. Stunning displays of light across clear dark winter skies that really will take your breath away.
Ranging from blue to green to red these moving ribbons and flickering carpets of light make a snowy winter scape really come alive. Most often they’re seen in northern latitudes and between autumn and spring equinoxes (that’s 21st September and 21st March to mere mortals like us). If you look at a good picture of a display there’s always the temptation to think no, not possible, must be photo-shopped, but the photos really do show how staggering these displays actually are.
Getting to see The Lights is not always that easy. Mother Nature can really be fickle. It’s impossible to predict when The Lights will show and on top of that there’s bad weather (think about it, Arctic Circle, winter…..now you’re with me) which can make it even more difficult. It’s enough to put you off making the effort! However, with careful planning (this website really) and a little bit of luck you’ll be well rewarded.
So where is the best place to see the Northern lights from ?
You can see the Northern Lights, in theory, anywhere within the Arctic Circle from Alaska in the west to Norway in the east via Greenland and Iceland but the truth is they can be seen from many different locations further south as well. If your luck and the weather hold you can see them as far south as Scotland in the United Kingdom. Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the USA all have their own Northern Lights hot spots and the secret to seeing a beautiful display lies in knowing how to maximise your chances of seeing The Lights in each location.
When is the best time to see the Northern lights?
Fortunately for us due to the recently increasing solar activity (every 11 years cycle) it’s predicted that winter 2012 and 2013 are going to offer some fantastic northern light show opportunities.
Typically in the northern hemisphere (arctic or sub arctic between September and April) Of course the northern lights are not season dependent, it’s just that during the summer season at these high latitudes the skies aren’t generally dark enough to see anything worthwhile.
If you’re looking to mark a special occasion that would benefit from one of the most romantic backdrops you could image then you’ve found it. A golden wedding anniversary, a marriage proposal or even a 1st year anniversary will all be made all the more memorable when taken place against nature’s most memorable backdrop.
A search for Santa holiday for the children can have the magic propelled to the next level by arranging your trip to make the most of your chances of seeing The Lights. On the other hand you may just want to put the experience on your bucket list; you know 50 things to do before you die. Whatever your reasons for wanting to experience The Lights this site is a wealth of tips, tricks and travel know how to help you get the most from your arctic adventure.