December is almost here and we know what that means—parties full of Christmas carols, snow, gifts and lights. Some lights are more spectacular than others, especially the majestic spectacle nature gives us this time of year in the northernmost areas of the world. The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is the colorful dancing display created in the night sky when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with the earth’s atmosphere. Popular destinations for viewing this dazzling phenomenon include Alaska, Canada, Iceland and Norway. For many, traveling to see the Northern Lights is the vacation of a lifetime. Here are a variety of ways to see the Northern Lights now through early April.
An Experience for Every Traveler: Relaxation and Adventure
Observing the Northern Lights is a quiet activity, with an opportunity for introspection, photography, and even relaxation. Can you think of a better way to unwind than submerged in warm thermal waters? Departing from Fairbanks (Alaska), this tour gives you the unique opportunity to observe the Aurora Borealis while you bathe in the famous Thermal Springs of Chena. Just imagine the contrast: below, the revitalizing heat of the hot springs; above, the unforgettable colors of the Northern Lights. During your visit to the Thermal Waters you can also experience the unique Ice Museum of Chena with its ice sculptures, beautiful candelabras and a bar where you can enjoy an Appletini served in a glass made of… you guessed it: ice.
If you prefer adventure to relaxation, there are a variety of vacation packages to the Arctic Circle. Also departing from Fairbanks, this tour offers you the opportunity to visit and learn more about Alaska, entering the northernmost latitudes while traveling through the famous Dalton Highway. This route provides an excellent opportunity to take pictures, not only of the landscapes and the Aurora, but of the beautiful fauna of the region, which includes moose, lynx and foxes. Or, head to Norway for a tour that includes snowmobiling, crab hunting and camping at the famous Aurora Camp.
Multi-day Northern Lights Vacation Packages
If you want a more personalized experience, you can choose a tour that allows you to select which activities you want to add to your experience. This way, you can complement your vacation under the beautiful Northern Lights with a fishing tour, dogsledding, visiting an ice castle or a cultural show of the aboriginal peoples of the area, among other options.
But the most important thing is the opportunity to experience this unforgettable encounter with one of the greatest and unique shows the Earth offers. Any Northern Lights tour will surely leave you with unforgettable memories and images that you can share with friends and family. Just be sure not to forget your camera!
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