What are the Southern Lights?
Much has been said and done about the Northern Lights, so much so, that at times travellers have outnumbered the local population of Iceland. But we all seemed to have forgotten about its southern counterpart, Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights, which are just as soul-stirring, if not more.
So as winter comes to the southern hemisphere, these dancing curtains of light come out to play. Just like their colourful comrades in the north, the Aurora Australis too is an aftermath of the collision of gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with electrically charged particles from the sun. The energy released from this collision takes the form of the dramatic auroras.
Where and when can you see them?
While the Aurora Borealis only offers a green light during the northern lights phenomenon, the Southern Lights entice you with a motley of colours - oranges, pinks, purples and gold. Of course, this ethereal wonder can only be seen on an extremely clear night sky in a dark space, completely devoid of city lights.
So it's time to add any of the following places to your bucket list for an epic adventure that awaits you at the southern end of the globe.