Of all the phenomena and natural wonders on earth, the Northern lights are perhaps the best known, and the most sought-after. The glittering greens and reds, set against black skies dotted with thousands of stars, attract that special breed of curious traveller that wants to soak up all that our planet has to offer. This is a beauty that can be elusive however, and if you’re desperate to see this spectacle, it’s vital that you go to the right place, at the right time.
Scandinavia is a popular destination for those looking to steal a glimpse of this marvel, and many companies and hotels offer night excursions with the intention of helping you do just this. Whilst a few countries are often illumined by the lights, there’s always a chance that the auroras will elude even the most determined of pilgrims. Canada’s Northwest Territories, however, are situated directly under the auoral oval, whilst a perfect latitude and relative flatness makes sightings a near certainty. If you have a tendency to fix your gaze skyward, there’s a good chance that the Northwest Territories of Canada will reward you.Read more
Nature is often wild and unpredictable, which of course is part of what makes it’s so exciting and inspiring. However, the enormous size of Canada’s Northwest Territories and the sparsely populated landscape invites the auroras to appear so regularly that you don’t have to spend entire nights purposefully hunting their majesty; they’ll appear so often, and so vividly, that even the most mundane of night-time activities will be illuminated by cascading winds of red, green and yellow.
In Yellowknife, the hub of the Northwest Territories, the borealis will not just shimmer faintly on the horizon, they’ll hover and hang directly above, turning the city incandescent and sticking around long enough for you to grab your coat, head to the nearest hill, and share a warm cup-of-something with your travel buddy. Of course, if you’d rather let the lights serendipitously appear as you take a night-time dogsled through the outback, or as you switch off the last light in your private log cabin, than that’s a possibility too.
Finding yourself somewhat drawn to the Northwest Territories yet? We don’t blame you; there’s certainly something rather magnetic about them…