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The fading beauty: Where to watch the Northern lights

Date: 21.12.2016

Long dreamed to see the Northern Lights? It's high time you do! This winter is the last in the decade to watch this spectacular natural show. No, Auroras won't be gone forever; however, they will be less vivid and much rarer.
 
Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights occurs when charged particles of the solar wind fall into the Earth's magnetic field. The Sun is entering a low-activity phase that will last 11 years! 

Many people think you have to go to Norway, Iceland, Greenland, or Alaska to see the Northern Lights. However, there are much more affordable destinations for that. 

The best places in Russia where to see the Northern lights:
 
1. Kola peninsula
The most accessible and comfortable (temperature-wise) place on the list. The best option here is to leave the urban lights and go to nature. In the Khibiny Mountains area, the lights glow generously in turquoise waves. You'll go snowmobiling and reach the snowy passes and frozen lakes to take a lot of good pictures.
 
2. Nenets autonomous okrug
Northern Lights shine bright in the Arctic, shimmering in various colors with a distinctive glitter. It's like a lavender-green star-encrusted veil. This phenomenon has had a significant impact on the culture of the local peoples, and the dwellers of the reindeer farms will be happy to talk about that
 
3. Sakha republic
Not everyone will ever dare to watch Aurora Borealis in the Sakha Republic. You'll have to cross almost all of the country and find yourself in a -40-degree (C) cold. However, it is totally worth it: beside the colorful and shimmering Northern Lights, you'll see an underground Ice Gallery, ride reindeer- and dog-pulled sleighs and take part in exciting national ceremonies. 
 
4. Svalbard
If you still want to see the famous Northern Lights of Norway, you can do it in Russia. During the polar night in Svalbard, auroras are observable even in daylight. The best option is to go there in February; sometimes, however, you can catch it in early March. Besides, you can see polar bears, spectacular fjords, and glaciers. 


 
Just as any natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights are not scheduled. This only makes it more exciting to seek it. There are a few tips on how to 'catch' it:
— Travel to North from late September until late March. Your chances are the highest in this time of the year.
— Go to nature. You'll need utter darkness, something you won't find in a city.
— Check the weather forecast. The Lights are best seen when the sky is cloudless.
— Check the information on the solar flares. Solar activity forecasts will help.


 
And still, to witness Aurora Borealis is a matter of great luck. Sometimes it occurs on a daily basis; sometimes a fortnight passes without a single aurora. That is why there is a great risk your northern trip will be a waste of time. Just add some other activities to your plans so as not to ruin the trip. You can meet the Sami, the indigenous people of the Kola peninsula, taste the northern cuisine, visit a reindeer farm and ride a husky-pulled sleigh. In Svalbard, you'll see marine mammals.
 
Wanna take such a trip but don't know how to plan it well? Contact us, and we'll set up the best and most exciting adventure for you; you'll only have to pack your bags. Call +7 (495) 125-28-08 or email us at hello@russiadiscovery.ru