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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 22:26
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Aroura Borealis

Best place and time to see it/them? Looked at the physics and don’t understand all this Kp index bollix so a good old fashioned Lat/Long or ICAO/IATA code would be most helpful.

Time limited - so like to guarantee a sighting. Must be easily accessible from the UK.

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Iceland fits your bill, probably right about now is as good a time as any (lots of darkness). There's an exhibit called Aurora Reykjavik that gives a lot of scientific background and helps explain the phenomenon. I was there in July, so I didn't see any, but I was told one of the best places to view them around town was near the lighthouse. If you can venture further afield from the capitol, it gets really dark at night which should offer some spectacular views.

If you haven't been to Reykjavik before, it's a very pleasant place to visit, with lots of nice clubs and restaurants. Be sure to try the puffin, or minke whale, or horse, all popular local fare (and not bad at all IMO). If that's not your style, Icelanders love hot dogs (made mostly with lamb and served with fried diced onions). Loads of more traditional seafood and lamb dishes are available also.
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You cannot "guarantee a sighting" of the aurora.

You can increase your chances by finding out when the next sun spot maximum is (eleven year cycles comes to mind).

We see it fairly frequently as a glow in the northern sky here, to the north of Helsinki, and fmi.fi (Finnish Met office, has english pages, one can sign up for aurora alerts) send me an email when the conditions suggest a likelihood of the aurora theoretically being visible.

I often go to Ivalo (relations), northern Finland, and it is more regularly visible there.

A possible option would be to take a Hurtigruten voyage (may need a second mortgage), along the Norwegian coast, at this time of the year

I would concur that November/December is usually a good time to see it.

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Tromsø (Tromsoe) in Northern Norway. There's a good reason why they built the Tromsø Geophysical Observatory there, also known as the "Northern Light Observatory". Tours out in the wilderness, to avoid light pollution, are available. Dog, car, ski.
You can catch a direct flight from Oslo (OSL), I believe both SAS and Norwegian have services, possibly also Wideroe.
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Spaceweather.com

This site gives guidance of current sighting probability - have a look at the "Current Aurora Oval" on the left side of the page
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I went to see them last month in Abisko, Sweden, probably not the best time of year but it was relatively warm. We got to see them 6 nights in a row to various extents. Well worth the visit.
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What’s wrong with the aurora australis? I have been lucky to see them both and while the borealis was better I was a lot warmer watching the australis!
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