For many people, experiencing the phenomenon that is the Northern Lights is at the very top of their travel bucket list. However, the Aurora Borealis doesn’t run on a schedule and success can quite simply come down to being in the right place at the right time. While you will need a lot of patience and a little luck on your side in order to see the Aurora Borealis in all its glory, there are a number of things that you can do to increase your chances of success.

Location Location Location

If the conditions are right (during the months of September to March) you are able to see the Northern Lights from a number of locations around the globe. Scientifically, the places with the best odds of experiencing the Aurora Borealis are in the North. According to this article, the best place to see the phenomenon is Finland but your chances are also high in Lapland, Norway, Iceland and Scotland to name a few. Others say that Abisko is one of the best places due to its peaceful weather conditions and clear skies. Destination is the key but rather than focusing on the sighting alone, it is advisable to choose a place that has plenty of other adventures that appeal to you and see the Northern Lights as a bonus to avoid disappointment.

Go on a Tour

There is a lot of effort involved in seeing the Northern Lights but one way to take the hassle out of the experience is to go on a Northern Lights tour. Not only can you take advantage of the tour leader’s extensive knowledge, you can be sure that you will be located at the best potential viewing spot. The best part of booking a Northern Lights tour is that you can choose a package that includes other unforgettable activities such as a snowmobile tour or a husky ride. If you would like to find out more information regarding what a tour can offer, visit for more on Northern Lights tours.

Download an APP

Another way to increase your chances of a sighting is to download a forecast APP. You can use an APP like these to monitor the Northern Lights from your phone or laptop. This way you will know if it is worth spending an extra couple of hours in your chosen location or whether to move on to a different place. Having this information to hand can save you a lot of time on your search for the Aurora Borealis. You can also sign up to an Aurora Alert that will let you know when activity in your region is expected.

Ask for a Wake up Call

The best chance of seeing the Northern Lights is at night but if staying up all night in the hope of seeing them doesn’t appeal to you, it is worth noting that some hotels offer a wake up call service that ensures you don’t miss out.

So, there you have it, four ways to increase your chances of experiencing the Northern Lights.