A trip to see the colored, dancing light display of the northern lights, or aurora borealis, could be the highlight of a lifetime. The lights, caused when solar storms eject charged, colliding particles into the atmosphere, peak cyclically every 11 years. Experts expect the lights will reach their next apex between now and April 2013, prompting star-gazing travelers to book trips to see the display.
Greenland may be one of the more remote regions where travelers can see the lights, but the town of Kangerlussuaq (home to the country's primary airport) makes it relatively convenient for travelers. The city's northern location and clear skies have positioned it as one of the best places in the world to spot the aurora.