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The Northern Lights

Gaze in awe as a kaleidoscope of colours mesmerise onlookers as they light up the sky and dance across the horizon.

The Northern lights have been fascinating human admires for hundreds of years.

This natural phenomenon has given rise to many legends and superstitions. The Salteaus Indians believed the northern lights to be the spirits of great hunters and fishermen dancing across the sky, while the Eskimo’s believed them to be the dancing spirits of animals.

Although science understands the dazzling display of lights to be caused by discharged particles from the sun colliding with the earth’s magnetic shield, they still hold the same fascination in us today as they did millennia’s ago.

The lights can be seen in both the northern hemisphere, referred to as the Aurora borealis, meaning ‘dawn of the north’ as well as in the southern hemisphere, referred to as the Aurora australis, meaning ‘dawn of the south’. Although they can be seen in both hemispheres they are best seen in the Northern hemisphere in areas such as Canada, Norway, Greenland and Iceland.

The Northern lights are always present, however the best time to see them is in winter during the months of September, October, March and April. Witnessing this mesmerising magical display is sure to delight you with memories that will last a lifetime.

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