Aurora Borealis; Northern Lights; however you prefer to describe them, many of us have dreamed of heading out on trips to see the Northern Lights in some of the world’s most stunning places. While a winter getaway or a Christmas vacation may be the preferred time of year to catch sight of the Aurora Borealis, the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic means that in all likelihood, we will possibly have to wait until the new year and plan a spring break instead. However, in most destinations, the best time of year to see the Northern Lights is from early fall until spring, so you can still plan ahead for a family vacation, or treat someone special to the gift of glamping this Christmas so they have some excitement to look forward to in spring 2021.
Plan a Northern Lights vacation to the Yukon, Canada
The Yukon, Canada is already an incredible place to spend a few days in the great outdoors. From pet-friendly yurt rentals to cabins, you can enjoy a secluded vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and explore forests, mountains, and lakes. Add in being able to see the Northern Lights in all their glory, and you’re onto a winner when you stay in the Yukon for a vacation. If you’re wondering when to see the Northern Lights in the Yukon from late August, through the winter, and right up to the spring you can look forward to catching incredible views of the Aurora Borealis, so you have plenty of time to plan the perfect Northern Lights vacation.
The best place to see the Northern Lights in Alaska
The state of Alaska has long inspired outdoors enthusiasts. With vasts amounts of untouched natural beauty, it’s not hard to see why. If you head to Alaska, cabins will get you within touching distance of the great outdoors. A visit to the Denali National Park is a shining example of this. With hikes up Mount Denali and great swathes of the great outdoors to explore, this is the perfect place to enjoy this stunning state’s natural beauty. Fairbanks, Alaska, sits on the edge of the national park, and it’s the best place to see the Northern Lights in Alaska. Of all the things to do in Fairbanks, what could be better than seeing the spectacular Northern Lights shimmering in the night’s sky? Book a stay in one of our secluded cabin rentals in Denali National Park, and enjoy an unforgettable Northern Lights trip.
Visit Lapland to see the Northern Lights in all their glory
Where better to see the Northern Lights than in their spiritual home; Lapland, Finland. Imagine heading to Lapland, holidays to see Santa Claus as a surprise for the kids, one of the more popular things to do in Finland, followed by a trip to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. In Finland, Rovaniemi is the place to head to. The best time of year to see the Northern Lights in Finland falls between September and April, so if a Christmas vacation in Finland isn’t on the cards for 2020, then you can still plan a spring break, so you won’t missout on photographing the Northern Lights in Lapland.
Head to Kiruna and enjoy the Swedish Lapland
Kiruna, Sweden is for all intents and purposes set in the Swedish Lapland, and of course, the Swedish Northern Lights are just as spectacular as their Finnish neighbors. A wonderful place to go to have a great view of the Aurora Borealis, with less tourists, and only 18,000 people living in the area. A vacation in this arctic town is one of the top places for vacations in Sweden for anyone looking to explore the Scandinavian great outdoors. Book a stay in a unique glamping pod perfectly situated to enjoy stunning views of the Northern Lights in Sweden.
Visit Reykjavik and enjoy all the things to do in Iceland
We can’t talk about Scandinavia and not mention Iceland, especially as it’s easily one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. There are so many things to do in Iceland that any vacation to explore this unique, beautiful country offers travelers so much. Add in seeing the Northern Lights, in Iceland, you’ll have found the ultimate vacation destination. With some unique, beautiful accommodations to stay in near Reykjavik, you can easily head out to Öskjuhlið, a densely wooded area near the city that is free of light pollution, perfect for seeing the Aurora Borealis.