Muonio and Kilpisjarvi, Lapland, Finland
The top aurora photographer and guide Antti Pietikainen bases himself around these two Finnish towns because the Northern Lights viewing is so good.
Paatsjoki, Finnish Lapland
The chances of viewing the Lights here are around 90%, says one Aurora guide.
Best spot: By the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
“You can see the Aurora everywhere in Iceland,” says Moyan Brenn, who’s spent the past year photographing the Northern Lights.
“You just need to stay within the boundaries of the Arctic circle, find a clear sky and check for electromagnetic activity on the kp index.”
For him, the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, on the southeast coast of Iceland about 250 kilometers from Reykjavik, makes for a perfect shot.
The iceberg-filled lagoon reflects the lights, making the experience all the more awesome.
On a boat tour of the lagoon ($31 per person) you can concentrate on looking upwards and marveling.
Brenn recommends checking the weather forecast before setting off. Rain or snow — both common in Iceland — tend to dampen the experience.