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aurora borealis: the northern lights

introduction

The auroras, also known as the Northern Lights, are naturally occurring lights that create intriguing and spectacular displays in the sky. The aurora lights frequently appear as diffused glow lighting up the horizon. The most amazing sight is when the northern lights appears as waves across the sky; it is almost as if the lights are dancing.

quick facts

The auroras, also known as the Northern Lights, are naturally occurring lights that create intriguing and spectacular displays in the sky. The aurora lights frequently appear as diffused glow lighting up the horizon. The most amazing sight is when the northern lights appears as waves across the sky; it is almost as if the lights are dancing.

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The auroras, also known as the Northern Lights, are naturally occurring lights that create intriguing and spectacular displays in the sky. The aurora lights frequently appear as diffused glow lighting up the horizon. The most amazing sight is when the northern lights appears as waves across the sky; it is almost as if the lights are dancing.

visitor tips

The Best way to see the Aurora Borealis is by seeking the Northern Lights in one of remote places in northern Europe, Canada, or the United States. Although there is an aurora borealis that occurs in both the northern and southern hemispheres, the southern hemisphere locations are much more challenging.

With that in mind, the best way to see the northern lights is by traveling to the Northern Hemisphere. The chances of experiencing the northern lights will increase as you approach the magnetic pole. The magnetic pole is presently found in the arctic islands of Canada. 

  • Abisko National Park, Denali National Park, and Voyageurs National Park are some of the many national parks that allow you to experience the aurora borealis while also engaging the splendid landscapes of the national parks as well.

If you are fortunate to find the aurora borealis, the best ways to experience them is to stand in amazement and watch them dance across the sky. Unfortunately, you cannot predict when the lights will appear no where, but it is worth the effort when you find yourself underneath them as this magnificent light festival covers the sky.

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Seeing the northern lights is an amazing experiencing and an almost guaranteed adventure because of the remoteness of the locations that provide opportunities to see the lights.

Many people look for national parks which provide access to the norther lights as well as an array of other natural wonder features. The winter landscapes are only enhanced by the pristine wilderness of these remote areas.

Exploring Cairngorms, Pingvellir or Torngat Mountains national parks in Europe, Abisko National Park in Canada, or Denali, Isle Royale, or Voyageurs National Park in the United States are some of the best ways to experience the Aurora Borealis.  Each of these national parks provide opportunities to see wildlife, wilderness and other wonder features associated with the norther lights.

The best chances of witnessing the dancing aurora borealis or northern lights occur between the months of March through April and September through October. Unfortunately, the time of night when they can occur varies without prediction. It might be around 11:00pm or midnight one evening and then the next time it may happen early in the morning hours like 5am.

The simplest response is to plan for cold.  Since the best months with the greatest chances of seeing the northern lights occur during the winter, and you are moving closer and closer to the arctic circle, the only expectation is be prepared for cold.  It can easily be well below freezing conditions.

Capturing the northern lights on film has traditionally been a challenge. The most important photography tip for taking pictures of the northern lights with a desire to capture them as naturally as possible is to make certain that you use a high quality camera that allows you to manually adjust your settings. It is a necessity that you plan on using a tripod, because your camera shutter speed is going to be too slow to hold with your hands. The light is going to blur, so the tripod will help you have a meaningful and purposeful blur. A video camera will help you capture the magnificent motion and may make for a better visual in the long run.

A tripod and patience are both a requirement when it comes to capturing images or footage of the northern lights.  There are never any guarantees of sightings of the aurora borealis so to increase your chances, you ought to plan for a multiple day stay.

 

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