The Auroral Borealis Oval refers to the ring above the Earth’s geomagnetic North Pole, in which the Aurora Borealis is visible. The Aurora Borealis is usually visible between 65 degrees and 70 degrees in northern latitudes, but strong solar storms may cause the Auroral Oval to expand its stellar display of lights to be visible from latitudes further south from the North Pole. The following are some places from which the Aurora Borealis is regularly visible:
Fairbanks, Alaska, US – The city of Fairbanks and the nearby Manley Hot Springs in Alaska are two of the best places in the US to watch the breathtaking display of the Northern Lights.
Jasper, Alberta, Canada – Camping out in the 4,200 square-mile Jasper National Park is one of the best places to view the Northern Lights. Yellowknife (Northwest Territories) and Whitehorse (Yukon) are two other great places to see the Aurora Borealis.
Svalbard, Norway – The island of Svalbard is located between mainland Norway and the North Pole. This makes it one of the northernmost places to view the Northern Lights.
Ivalo, Finland – Right at the heart of Lapland, on the banks of the Ivalo River, is Ivalo village, one of the dreamy places in Finland that offers the best views of the Aurora Borealis.
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland – Almost all of Greenland is great for Arsarnerit (Aurora Borealis) viewing. Kangerlussuaq connects the rest of the country with the outside world.
Abisko, Sweden – The serene Abisko National Park and the Aurora Sky Station observatory on Mount Nuoljais is great places to view the Northern Lights.
West Fjords, Iceland – The West Fjords, the peninsular outcrop is one of the northernmost points in Iceland and one of the best to view the Northern Lights from.
Galloway Forest Park, Scotland – The Northern Lights do not always put up an appearance in Scotland but when they do Galloway Forest Park is the place to be.