Festivals and events celebrate the return of sunlight this month in the Arctic Circle as the aurora borealis rages above.
If you want to see the Northern Lights this winter, head north to the Arctic Circle. It's up here, at around 66-69° North latitudes, where the Earth’s magnetic field channels electrically charged particles ejected from the sun. Every night — or at least every other night — the aurora borealis is visible in parts of Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska and Northern Canada as slowly moving, pulsing green, brown and red curtains.
To see the Northern Lights you need clear skies, which isn't guaranteed in the Arctic Circle, so plan to stay at least a week. Don't worry too much about moonlight, but know that the new moon falls on Feb. 4, 2019, so visiting between a week before and a week after will guarantee you skies dark enough to amplify any displays of aurora that come your way. The last week of February 2019 would also work well (avoiding the full moon on Feb. 19).
However, there are scores of other reasons that make February the perfect time to hit the Arctic Circle and wait for one of nature's greatest displays.