Aurora Borealis

Enchanting, magical Aurora Borealis is the first item on my A to Z Bucket List. Colorful, undulating curtains of light between earth and space – fascinating geomagnetic storms touched off by the sun’s fiery eruptions. Better than fireworks on New Year’s Eve, if only you can be at the right place, at the right time.

So where might that be? I think I’ve found it… 

I only hope I don’t need flying reindeer to get there!

I’d like to spend a few nights in Finland’s Kakslauttanen arctic hotel, where you can sleep under a glass domed igloo and they’ll even ring a bell to alert you if there’s an aurora. While there, I can visit Norway – and maybe Sweden, as well. (There’s at least one more bucket list item in the region, so stay tuned – and wear your warm clothing when we get to “I”!)

That said, “Watch the Aurora Borealis in Iceland with my friend Asdis” is also on my bucket list, as is “Talk her into taking me somewhere I can poke hot lava with a stick.”

Want to start making your own bucket list? Check out I was surprised how many things people have listed, there, that I’ve already done. It makes me stop for a moment to appreciate what a full and adventurous life I’ve had, really – and yet… there’s still so much to experience! What’s on your list? Please share in the comments!



Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit

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32 Responses to “Aurora Borealis”

  1. Rasheed Hooda

    My Ultimate bucket list entry is to become the oldest person to climb the Mount Everest.
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  2. Dee says:

    The aurora borealis is definitely something worth adding to one’s bucket list!

    • Thanks, Dee! I think it must be. How sad would it be to stay in the midst of a Finnish forest and it be overcast the whole time? No offense to Finnish forests, but I think the risks of disappointment may be high on this one. Better to try than not, though!

  3. River Fairchild says:

    Watching the Aurora Borealis in a glass igloo? I’m so there! What an awesome trip that would be. 🙂

    Untethered Realms

  4. Stephen Tremp says:

    I have yet to see these. It’s on my list of things to see. I love to see them from space.

  5. S. L. Hennessy says:

    I’ve actually seen this phenomena before. It’s spectacular!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

  6. Elizabeth Hein says:

    The Aurora is on my bucket list too. Wouldn’t it be great to watch them from a hot spring?

  7. Debbie D.

    Viewing the Aurora Borealis from a thermal glass igloo sounds like a grand adventure! Looking forward to what your next item will be. Cheers!
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  8. May says:

    That sounds terrific; I’ve always wanted to see Aurora Borealis, but I live in an equatorial country, so the chances are slim. This is definitely on my bucket list!


  9. Nick Wilford says:

    I’d love to see them. I never would have thought it but another blogger said they were visible in the middle of England recently!

    • That’s possible, but less likely I think. The odds are not so much in your favor. I think they can be seen from northern Michigan, too. But if I’m going to travel far to see them, I really want the best odds of it happening!
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  10. Nick Wilford says:

    I’d love to see them! Apparently they were visible in England the other week. Who knew?

  11. Suzanne says:

    Snap! My A-Z is also my bucket list, and yep, the aurora borealis are on my list – I love those igloos you found, so fab! x
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  12. Yes, I need to see Aurora Borealis! It’s in my top 5 on my bucket list. Then it’s off to space camp!

  13. Mitch Mitchell

    I’ve lived in a couple of places where seeing the northern lights were the norm. For one of those places, I had to be willing to go out at 3AM to watch them over Lake Ontario, but I did it because they were just so cool!
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  14. BellyBytes says:

    I do hope you get to see the lights. A friend of mine who was there this year said that everyone should see this phenomenon even if you freeze doing it…..

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