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5 packages for peak aurora borealis viewing

Credit: Travis Knauss and Chena Hot Springs Resort

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CHENA HOT SPRINGS RESORT, ALASKA

Take advantage of 2013’s status as a peak period to see the northern lights by visiting Fairbanks, the country’s top region for viewing. Chena’s three-night Aurora Borealis Viewing Winter Package includes unlimited hot-springs access, Aurora Ice Museum tour, and snow coach aurora viewing tours. From $1,250, through March 31. 907-451-8104, www.chenahotsprings.com

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NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE TOUR, ICELAND

Guests on the three-night tour from Explore! are accompanied by astronomer Andrew Green and stay in locations ideal for viewing the lights. Other tour sights along the “Golden Circle” include Thingvellir National Park, lava fields, and the geothermal Blue Lagoon. From $1,270; tours in February, March, and October. 800-715-1746, www.exploreworldwide.com

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AURORA BOREALIS FROM CANADA’S YUKON TERRITORY

This four-night tour, one of many Aurora packages from Northern Tales in Yukon, starts in Whitehorse, the territorial capital, and moves, by snowmobile, to a cabin in the remote backcountry of southwest Yukon, with viewing nightly. (Other packages include special regional events.) $2,017, through March 31. 867-667-6054, www.auroraborealisyukon.com

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ASTRONOMY VOYAGE, NORWAY

Hurtigruten, Norway’s famed coastal shipping service and cruise line, offers an 11-night voyage focused on the Arctic night sky and the northern lights and accompanied by an astronomer. Stops along the way include Trondheim, Lofoten Islands, and Tromso. From $1,871, departures Feb. 6, March 3, Sept. 28, Nov. 1. 866-552-0371, www.hurtigruten.us

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EAST GREENLAND: NORTHERN LIGHTS

This two-week cruise with Quark Expeditions spends several nights aurora-watching in remote Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland’s most northerly community. The agenda includes wildlife and fiord viewing, tundra hiking, and community visits. From $6,495, departures Sept. 9, Sept. 21.

888-892-0334, www.quarkexpeditions.com

DIANE DANIEL

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