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6 Best Places To See The Northern Lights 2016-2017 (Including a Location in Ireland)

This could be one of the best winters ever to experience the extraordinary colours of the Northern Lights in the sky around Europe.

Travel website Skyscanner has revealed the 6 best places around the world to visit for a chance of seeing this wondrous natural phenomenon - and the list includes a location in Ireland.

The Northern Lights appear in the night sky when highly-charged electrons from solar winds collide with different atmospheric elements in the ring surrounding the North Pole. In Europe, The Aurora Forecast forecasts how the Northern Lights will behave, using real-time solar wind data from NASA and data from magnetometers worldwide.

Skyscanner's top Northern Lights destinations for 2016-2017 (see Skyscanner for further info on each destination):

1. Ivalo, Finland

2. Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

3. Reykjavik, Iceland

4. Northern Canada

5. Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Image: Michael Gill / Tourism Ireland

Image: Michael Gill / Tourism Ireland

6. Svalbard, Norway

Image: Kitty Terwolbeck, CC BY 2.0.

Image: Kitty Terwolbeck, CC BY 2.0.