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Best places to see the northern lights

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 16, 2012, 5:54 p.m.
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Greenland, the largest noncontinental island on earth, is an ideal location for seeing the aurora borealis. The northern lights shows can be viewed regularly, with tour companies that specialize in taking visitors on viewing expeditions during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Greenland is a sparsely populated place with few roads and even fewer towns. This means that light pollution is not an issue in the least. What may be an issue, at least for casual lights seekers, is the lack of infrastructure.

The wildness is, however, one of the best aspects of Greenland for tourists with a sense of adventure. Travel takes place primarily via dog sled or snowmobile. It is also possible to take a bush plane to some of the more remote corners of the island to get the best views of the night sky. In short, this is a great place to see the aurora, thanks to the prevalence of clear winter nights and proximity to the Arctic Circle. Moreover, it is arguably the best place in the world for northern lights seekers with a sense of adventure and a love of the road less traveled.