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Catching the Northern Lights on Flights ๐Ÿ›ฉ๏ธ ๐ŸŒŒ

Catching the northern lights is on most people's bucket list and the 2024/2025 season is expected to bring the strongest northern lights forecast we've seen in decades. Catching the northern lights outside in the pure wild is absolutely a magical experience, but catching it in air, is pretty spectacular too, with air travel bringing a higher probability of seeing the natural phenomena with being above the clouds and having no light pollution.

Below, we've compiled some great routes to consider taking to heighten your chances of catching the northern lights. Several factors were taken into consideration when providing the following options; time of flights and location on the globe.

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Best Flight Routes to Heighten Your Chances of Catching the Aurora Borealis

Below, we've compiled a list of flight routes that would give you higher probability of seeing the northern lights. Flights either land at night or take off early morning during the hours of complete darkness in the remaining winter months.

Fly to Iceland

Iceland may be one of the most affordable locations to fly to and catch the northern lights. If you play your cards right, you may catch this phenomena from the sky. Most flights to Iceland from, at least the East Coast, are red eyes which means you leave the US at night and arrive in Iceland in the morning, but there are still some options that have you landing or taking off from Iceland in the darkness. Here are some options to consider

March or April Flights to Iceland

*The below flights land in Iceland at around 9 or 10 pm, or before sunrise at 6 am.

Fly to Fairbanks, Alaska

Alaska is a great option for seeing the northern lights as passports are not required for US citizens, and you can often find really decent fares, especially out of the west coast. Fairbanks is the northernmost major US city.

March or April Flights to Fairbanks

Fly to Yellowknife, Canada

Yellowknife, Canada is another popular place to go aurora hunting. Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, you'll have high probability of catching the northern lights during winter months.

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