Every traveler's life list should include viewing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, one of nature's most spectacular phenomena.
From late November to March within the Northern Lights zone--latitudes 65 to 72 degrees--solar particles collide with atmospheric gases to create colorful curtains (near the South Pole, Aurora Australis are the Southern Lights).
Ideal viewing conditions are crisp, cold, clear, and cloudless skies with little light. You can see this most impressive light show--lasting from a few minutes to several days--in the following regions close to the Arctic.
We asked our friends at Fodor's to put together their top 10 spots to see the Northern Lights. --Lola Akinmade
Alaska: View Northern Lights in the U.S.
Denmark: Visit Remote Norwegian Sea Islands
Scotland: Watch the Sky for a Weather Break
Canada: Go North of the Border for Great Views
Greenland: Experience Great Auroras All Over
John KjÃ¦r/Greenland Tourism
Finland: Listen for Your Aurora Alarm
Courtesy Visit Finland
Iceland: Explore Beyond Reykjavík's City Lights
Sweden: Learn about Beautiful Blue Holes
Fredrik Broman/www.humanspectra.com courtesy www.imagebank.sweden.se
Russia: Brave the Arctic Cold for Arctic Lights
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Norway: Observe Polar Night and Polar Lights
Courtesy Johnny Mazzilli/Innovation Norway