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The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are ribbons of multicolored light that can be seen in certain parts of the northern hemisphere. They occur when electrons accelerate into the upper atmosphere along Earth's magnetic field lines. At that point, they collide with gas atoms and emit light. This reaction is similar to the way in which neon lights glow when an electrical current excites the gas inside a neon light tube. Solar wind is the driving force behind these lights that stretch 60 miles above the Earth's surface.

No two Northern Lights are the same. They are different sizes and different colors. They vary from night to night. The colors are determined by what type of molecule strikes the atmosphere and where. If the lights occur at 200 miles up, high-level oxygen makes the lights glow red. This is very rare. If the lights occur at lower levels, around 60 miles up, the oxygen glows a very bright yellowish-green. This is the brightest and most common of the Northern Lights. But if the particles hit some nitrogen molecules in the atmosphere, the Northern Lights will glow blue or purplish.

Northern Lights Display

Northern Lights overhead

Northern Lights Viewing

Northern Lights in the Arctic sky

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Iceberg Near Kimmirut

Icebergs near Kimmirut

Iceberg Tours

Each summer there are icebergs in Glasgow Inlet off the coast at Kimmirut. Sea kayaking allows for:

  • iceberg viewing
  • sea mammal spotting

in the summer. In the spring you can take a dog sled or snowmobile to floe edge.


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