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Hella, Iceland

Hella, Iceland

Here’s a hotel amenity we can get behind: at the 51-room Hotel Rangá (from $428) in southern Iceland, if you select the aurora wake-up service, the hotel will buzz your in-room phone whenever the lights appear at night, ensuring you won’t miss the spectacle. Once you’re awake, you can watch the night sky from three geothermally heated hot tubs or the hotel’s own rooftop observatory.

This hotel is located between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, about an hour’s drive into the countryside from Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík.

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The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

Catching the northern lights, or aurora borealis, used to be a chance occasion, a rare fluke for those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. But nowadays, scientists have figured out more accurate ways to predict when and where the northern lights will appear.

You can al...

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Where to Go to Watch the Northern Lights: Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Where to Go to Watch the Northern Lights: Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

This 218,000-acre national park is one of the most remote northern spots in the lower 48.

The International Dark-Sky Association designated it an official dark sky park in 2020, meaning there’s minimal light pollution way out here. Pitch a tent at one...

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Levi, Finland

Levi, Finland

If Santa Claus lives anywhere, it might be Levi, a charming village fit for elves 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the heart of Finnish Lapland. In winter, Levi is home to one of the biggest ski resorts in Finland, but many people also come here for the northern lights. Sleep in one of 24 ...

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Go See The Lights

Go See The Lights

Generally speaking, the best time of year to see the northern lights is from late August to mid-April, because those are the darkest months of the year, but you can certainly catch the aurora in midsummer if you time it right. The best sightings will occur during the darkest hours of the night, b...

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Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska

From August to April, you can see the northern lights in Fairbanks on most clear nights. The city even has its own aurora tracker for the latest status from six prime viewing locations around the area. S...

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Djupvik, Norway

Djupvik, Norway

Backcountry skiers visit Norway’s Lyngen Alps in winter for the legendary ski touring. While there, they might be treated to a brilliant showing of the northern lights. Stay at the eight-room boutique Lyngen Lodge (from $234) and you’ll have guided ba...

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Whitehorse, Canada

Whitehorse, Canada

Twenty minutes outside the Yukon city of Whitehorse, Northern Lights Resort recently added three new glass chalets, with prime nighttime viewing of the northern lights and three-night packages (from $1,190). Or catch the lights from a hot tub: the ne...

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