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A natural light phenomenon seen in extreme latitudes close to the Arctic or Antarctic circles.

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Is it safe to go aurora hunting in Rovaniemi by yourself?

I'm planning a visit to Rovaniemi in January with my girlfriend. The main idea is to see the northern lights which we understand is not always possible. Since we want to maximize our possibilities, ...
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Are aurora borealis actually extremely rare in the Netherlands?

Aurora borealis are rare in the Netherlands. But is it as rare as seeing one in lower latitude countries (like those in the mediterranean)? Is there more probability of seeing an aurora in the ...
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Apart from these countries, is there any other one where you can see the auroras and at the same time go to a tropical forest in their territory?

Of course, I am including all the overseas territories of these countries: UK, France, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. In all of the countries I previously mentioned, there is at least one ...
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Northern lights in Iceland during March [duplicate]

I am currently staying in eastern/northern Iceland and am trying to spot the northern lights. Do you have any tips to see them and/or can tell me how likely it is to spot them in the next week? The ...
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Where can you see aurora borealis in Charlevoix in early Oct?

My grandparents will travel to Charlevoix QC (see screenshot below) from 3 to 11 Oct 2019. Can they see aurora borealis with the naked eye? If yes, what are the best places to?
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Aurora Borealis in Oulu

I am planning to go to Oulu in February for 4 days. What are the chances of seeing Aurora Borealis and are there some tours available? Would there be a significantly better chance of seeing the ...
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What are the chances to see the Northern Lights in East Canada in December?

I want to see the Northern Lights in Canada this Christmas break. I will be flying to Toronto and then drive north to find a good non-light polluted spot to see them. I have found this map but it ...
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What is this violet colored spread in the sky?

Today on my way from Madison, WI, USA to Minneapolis, MN, USA on highway I94 I saw sky light up with violet color. Timestamp on my picture is at 6:48 PM. It's very strange. I do not think it was ...
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Seeing Northern Lights in Scotland

Northern lights are apparently visible in Scotland according to numerous websites. While locations do vary, most seem to say that northern lights are visible pretty much anywhere in the country. What ...
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When is there a high chance of seeing the aurora from Sweden?

In what time of the year is there a high chance of having a visible aurora borealis in Sweden? Are there significant differences between areas in Sweden regarding visibility of the aurora? Obviously ...
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Can the aurora and snow be seen at Rovaniemi in October?

If I go to Rovaniemi in October to visit the Santa Claus Village, is this a time when it is common to see the Aurora Borealis and maybe some snow?
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How late (and early) in the year can you see the Northern Lights from the Faroe Islands?

In the summer in the far north, the Northern Lights become hard to see because the sun is up all of the time. If I am traveling to the Faroe Islands, at what point in the year does it become light ...
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Where can I find a map or list of places that have Northern & Southern Lights?

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. ...
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What are the main obstacles to seeing the Northern Lights in Reykjavik in December? [closed]

We are looking at visiting Reykjavik in December to see the Northern Lights. I have done some initial research on the weather in December and I know there will only be about 4 hours of daylight, so it ...
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How to use cloud cover information to track auroras?

I would like to travel to Iceland to see Auroras. I am in the process of planning my trip so that I maximise the chance of seeing one. I understand that precisely locating Auroras depends on cloud ...
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In what situation we can see the aurora in Fairbanks?

First of all, a lot of websites show that Feb, Mar, and Sep, Oct are the best aurora observing months. As I browse some aurora prediction websites, they only show Kp level 3-4 in Sep and Oct, and the ...
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Tromsø Aurora Borealis tours

I'll spend a few days ( a weekend ) in Tromsø ( Norway ) at the beginning of March 2014. I know from this question that public transport will not help me to watch Aurora Borealis ( Northern Lights ) ...
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What do the Northern Lights usually look like? Are they worth questing after if you only have a few days? [closed]

I've heard that the Northern Lights most often just look like colored clouds, and very very rarely take on the spectacular curtain-like form we commonly see in pictures. Can anyone comment on the ...
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Northern Lights in Alaska [closed]

My wife and I would love to see the northern lights in Alaska this winter, but it can be difficult finding tour companies specializing in this sort of Alaska trip (almost all of them are for summer ...
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How to get to Abisko, Sweden from Berlin

How do I get from Berlin to Abisko, Sweden? I have a Eurail pass, so I would like to make the most out of that. UPDATE: I will be traveling in Winter. Still not sure yet, but any time between late ...
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Self Guided Northern Lights Tour

I'm going to Iceland this December with the hopes of catching the Northern Lights. We were considering doing a tour, but we were considering renting a car and drive around hunting for them ourselves. ...
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Budget backpacking through Norway

Originally I had only wanted to see the Northern Lights, but through the recommendations of some of the users here on TA, they suggested making side trips out of the lengthy journey to Tromso. However,...
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Good aurora viewing areas around Tromso accessible by public transport?

Hopefully this isn't a duplicate of this existing question: Tromsø for the Aurora Borealis in March My question is whether it is possible to travel to areas in or around Tromso on public transport? ...
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Northern lights in Europe in late December [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and where do I have the highest chance of seeing auroras? What is the best place to see northern lights in Europe in late December? By best I mean (a) have the highest ...
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Is there any way to be notified if the Northern Lights are visible in the north of Scandinavia without having to stay awake all night?

So we all know that there are a ton of places that claim to be the best place to see the Northern Lights and whatnot. However, even if I'm in one of those places, I don't necessarily want to have to ...
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Tromsø for the Aurora Borealis in March

Is March too late for seeing the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) in Tromsø, Norway? There is a new moon on the 21st and I would be looking to go around then. I'm aware it's weather and light ...
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Does it makes sense to travel to Iceland during winter? [closed]

I just saw an amazing offer to fly to Iceland in November. Although Iceland is still on my wish list, November would not be the first choice of time to visit. Is this an offer to just fill empty seats ...
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What is the best time of year to visit Reykjavík?

When I ask for the "best" time of year, I am looking for a reasonable balance of the following criteria, in order of importance: Mild weather. Ideally, warm enough to have coffee outside in a light ...
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When and where do I have the highest chance of seeing auroras?

I'm wondering what time of year is best, and what locations might be best, for catching the aurora. I'm currently thinking of February up at Sweden's ice hotel, but since the whole point of the trip ...
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