Where to see the aurora
Kakslauttanen resort, Finland
The best place to see the Northern Lights during the winter months is within the Arctic circle. However, when the sun sends a particularly powerful solar flare our way they can become visible much further south.
On September the 1st, 1859 a huge geomagnetic solar storm hit the earth. This was known as the The Carrington Event, named after Richard C. Carrington who documented the storm.
The result of this storm was aurorae visible as far south as the Caribbean.
Given the right conditions it is commonly possible to view the aurora from latitudes in line with Glasgow, Scotland and during stronger storms from the south of the UK.
To almost guarantee seeing the lights you need to travel as far north as you can. In Finland, the famous Kakslauttanen resort has glass igloos where you can view the aurora from the comfort of your bed.