Seeing the Aurora Borealis?

aurora borealis
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One thing I would like to do in the not too distant future is to see the Aurora Borealis.

Some of the best places to see the Northern Lights, with some major(ish) cities you can see them from:


  • Russia, Mongolia, etc
  • Greenland
  • Alaska (Fairbanks)
  • Norway  Sweden Finland Scotland
  • Iceland (Reykyavik)
  • Canada (Yellow Knife or Whitehorse?)

Looking at this list, given the expense of traveling to Scandinavia, Scotland, and Russia, those are out of the running for me unless I’m already going to the area.


I figure my best bets are Canada or Alaska.  Anyone ever been on a trip and seen them?  Where were you? Did you see them more than a few times?  I know you have to plan to be most places a couple days to have the best chance of seeing them.

Right now I’m leaning toward Yellow Knife as being the most reasonable way of seeing the AB. Any suggestions?


5 thoughts on “Seeing the Aurora Borealis?

  1. Just returned from an awesome experience of the Aurora in Yellow Knife. Was there from 20th to 27th September and they were out every day – except on one day I think and we did not go out that day. Went out all other days – 23rd September (Fall equinox) was spectacular !! We saw what they term the “Corona”. It really was incredible – Supernatural and sacred.
    It truly is an experience. They are out till March I believe.
    Best in your desire to see it.


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