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7 Campsites you must visit to see the Aurora Borealis in all its glory

Also called as Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is the series of green, red, blue and yellow hued lights that light up the sky near the earth’s polar extremities. Caused by electrically charged particles coming in contact with the earth’s accumulated gases in these regions, the Northern Lights are truly spectacular to behold and attract millions of visitors from around the globe every year. If you have this sight on your bucket list, then here are the top 7 campsites from around the world which will guarantee you unparalleled views of the stunning Aurora Borealis.

Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska

22.3.15 Wickersham Dome. Alaska.

Stretching for over 6 million acres, the Denali National Park occupies a vast area of the taiga forest and the alpine tundra, as well as the snowy mountains above them. Visit this area in in fall when daylight stays for only 5 hours or so. This gives you plenty of time to catch the dancing lights in all their spectacular glory.

Priest Lake and Panhandle National Forests in Idaho

Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) in Alberta, Canada

Located about 30 miles from the Canadian border, the Priest Lake offers crystal clear views of the colorful aurora borealis lights. The colorful extravaganza is even better to watch from the reflections from the clear water. If you are looking for a place to set up camp, consider visiting either Kalispell Island or the Bartoo Island. Both these campsites are accessible only via boats and offer great views of the northern lights.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota

Minnesota Aurora Borealis

Located within the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness offer you the chance to enjoy the aurora borealis show on a canoe on a lake in the middle of nothing but million acres of wilderness. The vast expanse of land makes it possible for you to enjoy undisturbed views of the northern lights as they streak the night sky with their colors.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland

Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) over snowscape.

Located in Finnish Lapland, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort lets you view the aurora borealis from the comfort of a glass igloo. The resort also features traditional log cabins for those who don’t prefer the ice and snow much. So if you feel you have had enough of the lights for the night, simply rent out one of these cabins and enjoy the warmth inside, courtesy an open fire and sauna.

Reykjavik in Iceland

Aurora Borealis Iceland

One of the more affordable destinations in this list, Reykjavik offers plenty of campsites for eager individuals who want to catch an up close and personal look of the aurora borealis. Millions of visitors flock to the region during the peak season which happens to fall in winter. So you may want to plan out your trip well in advance lest you run out of campsite options upon arrival.

Caithness Coast in Scotland

Scotland Aurora Borealis

Located in the northern part of Scotland, the Coast of Caithness lights up in a bevy of colors every night in February. There are plenty of campsites dotted along the coast that offer you great views of these lights. So if you are in the UK, you don’t need to travel too far to view the aurora borealis.

Abisko in Sweden

Sweden Aurora Borealis

Doubtful of viewing the Aurora Borealis lights in the case of heavy clouds dotting the sky? Then simply travel to the village of Abisko in Sweden, one of the most prominent cloud free regions in the world. The right combination of mountain peaks and prevailing winds ensure that the region experiences minimal cloud activity for most part of the year. You can choose to visit the Aurora Sky Station to enjoy never before seen views of the northern lights. As part of the tour, you will also get to visit the world famous Ice Hotel and enjoy a night’s stay in it.

Thinking of catching your first glimpse of the aurora borealis lights this year? Then you will need to ensure that your first experience gets to be your best experience. These campsites and locations are the best in the world when it comes to catching the best views of the northern lights.

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