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Aurora Borealis tourism

September 27, 2013

NASA predicts this Fall will feature spectacular northern lights viewing when the sun reaches the peak of its 11 year activity cycle known as Solar Maximum. 

NASA’s prediction is based on the number of sunspots originating on our star’s surface and, as the name would suggest, Solar Maximum is when the frequency of sunspots peaks. In the Arctic, artificial light is generally related to population density. In terms of the best time to see the Aurora, the Lights are generally seen between September and April, on cloudless nights. 

In the northern part of North America:




The Finns and Swedes have a thriving northern lights tourism industry, catering to the European market. The Scandinavians have the most sophisticated tourism offerings. 

The economic importance of northern lights viewing has grown with prosperity in Asia.



Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finnish Lapland. Source: Daily Telegraph via kakslauttanen.fi