Wondering where to view the magical dance of the aurora borealis? Read on to discover the best places to see the is natural phenomenon across the globe.

Sortland, Norway

Sortland Norway northern lightsNicolai Solbakk Willumsen/Shutterstock

Witnessing the ethereal beauty of the northern lights is the ultimate bucket-list experience. And Sortland is the perfect place to turn your fantasies into reality. In addition to celestial pursuits, there’s all kinds of frosty action. Choose between cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Or maybe whale watching is more your speed.

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Whitehorse, Canada

Night Sky Stars, clouds and Northern Lights mirrored on calm lake in Yukon, Territory, Canada.Pi-Lens/Shutterstock

Whitehorse lures adventurers with its vast wilderness. But, perhaps, the biggest selling point—at least for aurora hunters—is the dazzling display of magenta, green, and turquoise that illuminates the sky each winter. Also on the docket when the thermometer dips? Walk the Millenium Trail, embark on an aerial expedition over Kluane National Park, and relish a soak at Takhini Hot Springs.

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Fairbanks, Alaska

Northern lights ,Aurora borealis, dancing over Fairbank AlaskaPung/Shutterstock

Prefer a domestic destination? Fairbanks is ranked the top spot in the U.S. to see the northern lights. You’ll find plenty to do besides chasing the prismatic spectacle. Whether you prefer dog mushing, thermal springs, or ice cream (there’s an entire museum dedicated to everyone’s favorite frozen treat), Fairbanks delivers. Traveling with the kiddos? Carve out a couple of hours for Pioneer Park. Check out these 40 stunning photos of national parks covered in snow.

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