Greenland - probably the best place to see Northern lights
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The scientific explanation for the northern lights is that the electrically charged particles of the sun collide with molecules and atoms in the Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of approx. 100 kilometres. This collision results in an incredible phenomenon where 'curtains' of all colours flicker across the sky. Yellow, green, red, white – the colour of the curtains depend on your location. Regardless, the sight is spectacular.
Most people no longer believe the skull-playing theory, but that does not prevent people from whistling at the sky in an attempt to make the northern lights more vivid – which is promised by another myth. The strange thing is how often it actually works, but you must be careful that the northern lights do not reach down and grab you while you whistle at it. But give it a try – if you dare!
In other cultures, it is believed that children conceived beneath the northern lights are more intelligent, which makes viewing the northern lights particularly wonderful for visitors belonging to these cultures.
Northern lights in Sisimiut in Greenland - Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights
Northern lights in Ilulissat in Greenland - Photo: Colourbox
The belt of light
Fortunately, Kangerlussuaq – where most tourists arrive to Greenland – is placed right in the middle of the northern lights belt where the phenomenon is best experienced. Northern lights can only be viewed on dark and clear nights, and we highly recommend that you move away from any artificial lighting in order to get the most out of the flickering lights.
Northern lights in Greenland - Photo: Stefan Gimpl - Visit Greenland
Experiences and season
(Based on a stay in Disko Bay)
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