Last Updated on January 7, 2021
The northern lights are Mother Nature’s most fascinating light show that we all want to witness at least once in a lifetime.
When you’re booking a trip to see northern lights, chances are you have Iceland, Norway, or Alaska in mind. What most people don’t know is that the road less traveled is usually the one worth traveling! So, here are 12 unforeseen places you can visit to watch the stunning Aurora Borealis.
#12 – Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland
Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries to visit, but surprisingly, it’s not known as a Northern light destination. Inishowen Peninsula is a charming and quiet place you can visit to see northern lights, even though it’s actually an astonishing destination to explore with or without a light show.
What’s more, this Irish gem boasts a beautiful landscape with ancient sites and castle ruins you’d love to discover.
When it comes to the Aurora Borealis, this place has the clear, dark sky which allows you a better vision of the lights, and you might even witness a beautiful light dance reflection on the waters.
The best time to see northern lights here is in early spring.
#11 – Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
The Jasper National Park offers a magnificent stargazing experience in the heart of a majestic landscape. With beautiful, shiny ice fields, lakes, and wildlife, this park is the perfect destination for travelers who love the vast outdoors.
In fact, being one of the best places to see the northern lights is the only dessert after a fat, delicious meal of raw beauty and mind-blowing adventures.
The best time to catch a great light show in this Canadian park is between autumn and spring. You may also be interested in attending October’s Jasper Dark Sky Festival; it’s totally worth the last minute travel (or even a year-long of waiting.)
#10 – Nuuk, Greenland
While travel apps or your travel agency are likely to suggest visiting Iceland to see the northern lights, Greenland can offer the same amount of pure beauty in addition to empty landscapes and extra virgin skies. Greenland is the perfect destination for travelers who truly enjoy the wilderness.