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My Search For The Northern Lights in Alaska

For as far back as my brain will allow me to remember, I've wanted to see the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights). For me, the draw is a combination of their elusive, unpredictable nature, the cold, extreme climates in which they are most visible and my own fascination with the universe. A fascination born out of a childhood spent sitting around a camp fire in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, where I grew up, and gazing up at the night sky with my Dad.

I've discussed my desire to see the Northern Lights with friends and family and I've discovered that it's an item common to bucket lists. Yet there are surprisingly few people who have ventured far enough outside of their geographical comfort zone to actually see them. Perhaps this is because the only conditions under which most people would choose to spend their single week of vacation in snowy, freezing locales would be if it were obligatory (aah Christmas...a time that now expands from October through to Jan…