The Best Places to See the Northern Lights in January

Will you make 2018 the year you see the Northern Lights? A winter phenomenon in the northern hemisphere, the dancing green lights are the result of charged particles from the sun colliding with nitrogen and oxygen atoms.

They have to be seen to be believed, and there's no better time than in January, with the long Polar Nights in the Arctic Circle maximizing your green sky time.

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From ringing in the new year under arctic skies to visiting the world's coldest inhabited place, we've selected 15 places you should consider heading to — all between 66-69° North latitude inside the Arctic Circle — this January to see the awesome aurora borealis in bloom.