The northern lights are a stunning sight to behold but figuring out where you can see the northern lights, and if it’s the right time to see them, can be confusing. You might assume that your chance to catch sight of this phenomenon has passed you by. However, the best time to see the northern lights is actually from late September to late March. We’ve picked out the best locations for you to see the aurora borealis from December up until March, which means that you still have time to make this Christmas extra spectacular with a last-minute northern lights tour.
Journey to the charming small town of Abisko, Sweden where you can see the northern lights until the first week of April. Witness the northern lights over the Swedish landscape. See the hillsides reflected in the water as the sun sets.
Best time to see the northern lights: November – March
See the northern lights in Reykjavik, Iceland from September to mid-April. While chilly, the average temperature doesn’t dip below zero so you won’t freeze your toes off! Reykjavik does experience the most rain in January so if you’re hoping for milder weather, book a tour for December or March.
Best time to see the northern lights: October – March
Adventure to Tromso, Norway where you can see the northern lights and cross off yet another bucket list item- humpback and orca whale watching. Head out on a boat cruise and spot swimming whales before boarding a traditional tall ship to view the striking aurora borealis. As the best time to see the whales in Norway ends in January, it’s an excellent opportunity for a last-minute northern lights tour. If you’re hoping to book a tour in March, you may want to try this northern lights boat cruise in Tromso, Norway instead.
Best time to see the northern lights: early-September – early-April
Alaska, United States
For a unique winter getaway, book a last-minute northern lights tour in Alaska where you can not only see the aurora borealis but also experience the Alaskan wilderness. On this tour, you’ll be able to try dogsledding before settling in to gaze up at the northern lights. Just be sure to bundle up!
Best time to see the northern lights: mid-September – late-April
Make your way to the Great White North where you can see the northern lights and spend your Christmas snowshoeing, ice fishing or dogsledding. Watch the lights dance in the night sky and take in the lush Canadian forests.
Best time to see northern lights: late-September – late-March
On the nice list this year? Then treat yourself and enjoy a magical Christmas this year with a northern lights tour!