Where to Watch the Aurora Borealis in December

November 28, 2013 | Environment, Travel

(Photo: telegraph.co.uk)

In December, some parts of the world will become good spots for people who would like to see the “greatest natural light display” and considered by NASA scientists as the best in a decade.

Aurora Borealis or the  Northern Lights will have the best magnificent display of lights due to the intense solar flares during this period.  The 11-year cycle of the solar activity will reach its peak in December.

Aurora Borealis  appear when an enormous amount of electrons passes through the earth, particularly along its magnetic field, and collides with air particles.

For those who follow the Northern Lights show, the recommended countries for spectacular viewing  are Alaska, Canada, Greenland, northern Scandinavia

Top 5  Places for Aurora Borealis watching

1. Jokulsarlon, Iceland

In Iceland, the Aurora Borealis can be seen everywhere as long as the sky is clear and you are within the boundaries of the Arctic circle. According to Moyan Brenn, a photographer who has been taking photos of the Aurora for the past year, the best spot in Iceland is the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.  The site is just perfect because the lagoon filled with iceberg gives reflections to the lights.

2. Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

The Chena Resort and Manley Springs are the highly recommended places in Fairbanks where you can have a spectacular view of the Northern Lights while soaked in a hot spring. In Chena Resort, guests are alerted by the aurora alarm system when the Northern Lights appear in the middle of the night.

3. Paatsjoki, Finnish Lapland

According to Aurora watchers and photographers, the Paatsjoki Bridge gives you 90% chances of having a good view of the the Northern Lights.

4. Muonio and Kilpisjarvi, Finnish Lapland

There are cabins in the wilderness, located in the shared border of Finland, Sweden and Norway, where you can stay for a good view of the Northern Lights.  In some instances, you can hear the howling of the dogs when the lights start to appear in the sky.

5. Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

The place has an average of 300 clear-sky days which has made it one of the popular places to see the Northern Lights. The dog-sledding expedition is highly recommended if you would like to be in the best spot for the Aurora watchers.

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