Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

By Erika Owen
September 28, 2016
Northern Lights from Airlines
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The Northern Lights tops many travelers' bucket lists, and people have paid a lot of money for guides to try to see them—sometimes without success.

On a recent WOW Air flight Iceland, however, passengers got to see nature's greatest light show directly from their plane seats.

This winter is the best time to see the Northern Lights for several years, so if they're on your list, get planning.

Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.