Aurora Borealis Viewing Guide

The Aurora Borealis dances high in the night sky. Photographed by Chase Dekker.

For over 7 months of the year, the skies are dark enough to witness one of earth’s greatest natural phenomenons, the Northern Lights (a.k.a. Aurora Borealis). Even though the Northern Lights can be seen during any dark and clear night in the North, there are some things you should understand when planning to view them. Below we will go through some tips and tricks to becoming a true aurora chaser.

When to See the Lights:

As you might have guessed, the best time to see the Northern Lights come when the nights are long and dark around the winter months. Generally speaking, the Northern Lights season runs from early September-early April. During this period, the very best time to see the aurora falls around each solstice (fall and spring) when solar activity is at its peak.