The ethereal Aurora Borealis, commonly referred to as the Northern Lights, are a phenomenon primarily witnessed above the magnetic pole in the northern hemisphere (the southern equivalent is known as the Aurora Australis). When gaseous particles in the atmosphere collide with charged particles from the sun, the result is a dazzling display of blues, greens, violets, reds and yellows. Anyone privileged to have seen the night sky light up in these dancing electric hues describes it as magical or otherworldly. There’s a whole tourist industry designed around catching a glimpse of this celestial wonder, and people flock to Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Alaska and Northern Canada hoping to gaze upon the astounding natural show. There are no guarantees, however, that the skies will cooperate during your visit, so consider yourself lucky if you are blessed with a viewing. Here’s a short video of the Aurora Borealis that will no doubt inspire you to plan a trip north in the hopes of seeing them for yourself one day.
Do you ever dream of witnessing the Northern Lights firsthand?