Five alternatives to Iceland for seeing the Northern Lights. - BookitList

Five alternatives to Iceland for seeing the Northern Lights.

Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and one of the best places for viewing the incredible Aurora Borealis, but with the recent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano peninsula, travel plans might need a rethink. While most travel remains unaffected, concerns about pollution and temporary closures, including popular spots like the Blue Lagoon spa, have arisen. But fret not, if you're looking for the best places to view the Northern Lights and other unique, bucket list activities, there are equally charming destinations waiting to be discovered!

1. Tromso, Norway

Tromso in Norway isn't just a scenic wonderland; it's the best European city for witnessing the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Plus you can tick off your bucket list with whale watching and thrilling nature escapades, all in one place! Plus, ever heard of staying in an ice hotel? It's here!

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2. Lapland, Finland

Lapland is straight out of a winter fairy tale. It's Santa's 'official home', and the Northern Lights are almost a nightly affair here from November to April. And for that once-in-a-lifetime experience? Sleeping under the stars in a glass-ceiling igloo, no less!

3. Greenland

Greenland, the world's largest island, is also one of its most beautiful, with its blend of stunning icy landscapes and serene coastal fjords. And guess what? The Northern Lights grace the skies here too, especially in places like the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon—a dream backdrop for the perfect Aurora Instagram shot!

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4. Shetland, Scotland

The Shetland Islands' remote location between the Northern Coast of Scotland and Norway, of makes them a prime spot for spotting the aurora, known locally as the 'Mirrie Dancers.' Sure, it might take a little more patience, but when those lights illuminate the night sky between October and March, it's pure magic.

4. Shetland, Scotland

Much like its Finnish counterpart, Sweden's Lapland is a snowy wonderland during the winter month, a paradise for unique activities like dog sledding, ice-fishing and skiing. Pair these adventures with the captivating Northern Lights that frequently paint the Arctic skies, and you're in for a trip to remember.

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