Imagine, if you were a human in early history, seeing the Northern Lights for the first time, what would you think they are? Spirits? Smoke? Angry Gods? These lights are a natural phenomenon that has entranced mankind since our origin. They are a beautiful and natural miracle that everyone should experience in their lifetime at least once.
Yes, the lights from your artificial Christmas tree are lovely, but wouldn’t you like to get out and explore a new place and see this natural wonder in the sky? Christmas is the BEST time of year to go hunting for the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.
The days are shortest, so you have the best time of seeing them around the winter solstice. The more north you go, the better your chances. They can be a bit elusive, so time and patience will be your greatest aids when searching for them.
Here are the best places to see the Northern Lights this Christmas:
There are many places where you can be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. The above-mentioned places are undoubtedly the most popular. You can find many tours in these places that save you the work of renting a car and searching the GPS for the most remote areas. And while these tours cannot guarantee that you’ll actually see the lights, you’ll meet awesome people along the way that have the same goals as you.
Here are some of my best tips if you’re about to go see the Northern Lights:
- Use an app to track the lights and the weather
- Let the lights come to you. Drive to a dark area and prepare to hang out rather than chasing them all over and wasting gas.
- Dress warm. Gloves, thick jackets, etc. It’s gonna get super cold!
- Bring a warm drink to stay hydrated
- Bring a firewood kit for areas where you’re allowed to make a fire. And maybe some s’ mores!
- Blankets or even dry suits are another excellent investment.
- Patience is key! You never know when they may appear, but stay patient and keep your eyes open. It is so worth it!
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