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Sweden beats Norway on travel list. The United Nations has declared 2015 as the Year of Light. Norway’s Scandinavian neighbour comes more highly recommended as a place to visit. The Year of Light aims to raise awareness of the success, importance and applications of light science. At the same time, travel guide company Lonely Planet has decided to celebrate it in their own way. They have come up with a list of places across the world known for their bright and illuminating experiences to help people feel closer to their planet.

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Sweden beats Norway on travel list

Published on Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014 at 21:41 under the entertainment category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last Updated on 22nd October 2014 at 22:10.

The United Nations has declared 2015 as the Year of Light. Norway’s Scandinavian neighbour comes more highly recommended as a place to visit.

Northern Lights, Lapland, Sweden
The Northern Lights with very rare blue light emitted by nitrogen.Northern Lights, Lapland, Sweden
Photo: Jerry MagnuM Porsbjer/Wikimedia Commons


The Year of Light aims to raise awareness of the success, importance and applications of light science. At the same time, travel guide company Lonely Planet has decided to celebrate it in their own way.

They have come up with a list of places across the world known for their bright and illuminating experiences to help people feel closer to their planet.

Two Scandinavian countries make it to this list. Sweden is at number one for a view of the northern lights at Abisko’s Aurora Skystation, 100km west of Kiruna (Giron in Northern Sami, and Kiiruna in Finnish). It is the northernmost town in the country.

The Aurora Skystation is located nearly 200km north of the Arctic Circle. It is said that the sky there is always clear, providing for a spectacular experience of the Northern Lights. The best time to visit is between September and March, according to Lonely Planet.

Norway, also famous for viewings of the Northern Lights, makes it to the list at number four. However, it is the experience of the Midnight Sun in Svalbard (between 15th April and 26th August) which it ranks for. Travellers can catch a flight to Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Archipelago from Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

Further up the rankings, at number two, comes the Marfa Lights in Texas, USA. Odd, reddish orbs about the size of basketballs flicker over Mitchell Flat, 16km east of Marfa. Highway 90 takes you to Marfa. Alternatively, El Paso, 305km west, is the nearest airport.

In a number three is the Lantern Festival in China, which falls on the first lunar around February-March every year. The Lantern Festival, during which China’s streets see innumerable lanterns in all shapes and sizes, falls on 5th March in 2015.

Stargazing at NamibRand Nature Reserve in Africa’s, Namibia comes fifth on Lonely Planet’s list. Designated a gold star International Dark Sky Reserve two years ago, it is the best place to see the stars. This area of private wilderness covers 202,200 hectares.

“The reserve’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge even has a state-of-the-art observatory, complete with Meade LX200R 12-inch telescope, so you can take an even more intimate look at all that glitters above,” Lonely Planet personnel say.

Positions six to 10 are filled by the following attractions. In descending order, these are:

Watching Firefly squid at Toyama Bay in Japan. Boat trips to see the firefly squid run from March-May at 3 in the morning.

Museum of Florescent Art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – located at Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5.

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, USA (770 Las Vegas Blvd). Las Vegas is one of the brightest places on Earth, according to NASA.

Waitomo Caves in New Zealand to watch the glowworms. “Float through the 300-million-years old caves in a boat, where the glowworms thrive and the caves seem to be filled with stars,” writes Lonely Planet.

The Caves are some 200km south of Auckland. Getting there by car takes about three hours.

Last but not least comes the Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany. This lasts for ten days in mid-October.




Published on Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014 at 21:41 under the entertainment category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last updated on 22nd October 2014 at 22:10.

This post has the following tags: travel, norway, northernlights, midnightsun, svalbard.





  
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