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Northern Lights: Where to View Them

Winter means it’s also the season for viewing the Northern Lights. And if you can’t get to Finland, Greenland or Iceland, here are some closer alternatives in North America.


Try Fairbanks, Alaska. It’s a perfect location to see the Northern Lights because of its clear skies. The lights are visible on most nights from September until March.


And then there’s Churchill in Manitoba, Canada with great viewing because there’s no big city, urban light pollution here. Residents can see the Northern Lights around 300 nights a year.


But if you can get to Scandinavia, then head for the town of Rovaniemi in Finland because the town is directly on the Arctic Circle. You’ll get a front row seat to the Northern Lights, but just be sure to dress warmer.