Murmansk, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Russian winters are not, perhaps, the ideal vacation climate, but if you're in town for the aurora, you might just brave it happily.
The city of Murmansk, at the northern tip of Russia's Kola Peninsula, sits north of the Arctic Circle [source: BuroMoscow]. At this latitude, days are nearly always dark, and auroras are relatively common sights. In prime viewing months, in fact -- February, March, September and October -- if the sky is clear, the lights can almost be counted on, and they may last for days at a time [source: Gonzalez].
Now, before we leave the borealis zone, a stop in Greenland ...