I'm a huge fan of Aurora Borealis (Northen Lights) & Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) and I was planning my next vacation to one of the areas where I might get a chance to view them in person. However, besides the typical answer of Norway or Sweden, I want to know where else can one see such sights. Can someone please help by providing me with a link or reference to such a resource?

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    Welcome to TSE. As asked this question is too broad. You can either ask for online resources to find the locations or narrow the question down to just one or at most two countries, (which changes your question a lot.) – Willeke Sep 23 '16 at 21:17
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    Everything north of, say 65°N or south of 65°S. – Jan Sep 23 '16 at 22:48
  • For viewing, it is not just where the lights happen. You also need a clear sky. low light pollution, and a view of the appropriate horizon. I think Norway and Sweden get recommended because they have a lot of locations that meet all the requirements, not just being far enough north. – Patricia Shanahan Sep 24 '16 at 13:20
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    @Jan Actually, I think it's more like a ring, there is such as being too far north or south. – Relaxed Sep 24 '16 at 14:08
  • Hi, welcome to TSE. I edited your question to prevent it from being broad, hope you don't mind. You can roll it back if you want, but that might cause it to be closed. – Fiksdal Sep 24 '16 at 17:01

The Aurora Forecast is one of the best resources I have found online for locating Aurora Borealis. It's a correlation between solar wind data from NASA and magnetic data from around the world.

But that requires you to already be in the Northern Hemisphere, as the long term predictions are not that accurate. But, if you read through the whole resource, you will better understand how far south you can see the Northern Lights and under what conditions.

I feel like it is quite rare to see lights going further south than Kp4 or Kp5, but it does happen once in a while.

There is also the same website but for Aurora Australis. And as you can tell, they are harder to see from common tourist destinations, as it has to up to Kp7 for them to even reach Tasmania.


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