Stellar Places to Stargaze Around The World

So you may or may not have seen the northern lights yet, but you can surely visit these phenomenal places for a stunning and mind boggling view of the night sky. Here’s Holidayme’s list of Top places!

· Atacama Desert, Chile

Being one of the driest places on earth (it receives only a millimetre of rain every year), Chile’s Atacama Desert is a cloudless landscape. Add to that an altitude of 8,200 feet and what do you get? One of Earth’s best places to stargaze from!

v Holidayme Recommendation – Go to the Paranal Observatory and enjoy an undisturbed view of the Southern Hemisphere sky. You have the option of either staying in the luxury of a hotel nearby or camping under a canopy of stars.

· Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Apart from being a very popular holiday destination thanks to its pristine beaches and volcanic mountains, Tenerife has recently been named one of the best locations in the world for star-gazing because of its low pollution level and unspoiled night-sky conditions.

v Holidayme Recommendation – Leave for the famed Tenerife observatory or simply set up a camp in the Teide National Park (awarded the title of ‘Starlight Tourist Destination’ and ‘Starlight Reserve’) to see our Milky Way, nebulae and shooting stars.

· Kerry, Ireland

Ireland’s Kerry County is the latest addition to the small list of Gold Tier International Dark Sky Reserves around the world. Situated on a picture-perfect landscape, with Kerry Mountains on one side and Atlantic Ocean on the other, Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve gives you a spectacular view of the dark sky, and also offers basic astronomy classes and workshops throughout the year.

v Holidayme Recommendation – Check into one of the many guesthouses, self-catering homes, or caravans available for stargazers in the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve.

· Hawaii, USA

At an altitude of almost 14,000 feet above the sea level, the volcanic summit of Mauna Kea holds a high risk of frosty temperature and altitude sickness, but wow! Is the view from the peak spectacular or what? Besides Atacama, this dormant volcano is a heaven for professional as well as amateur astronomers.

v Holidayme Recommendation – Make an early drop in at the Mauna Kea Visitor Centre (it closes by 10 pm!), or prepare for a memorable camping night at the nearby Haleakala National Park.

· Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

This mountainous country, aside from being a popular tourist destination, is also home to the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, world’s largest dark sky reserve, spanning nearly 1,700 square miles.

v Holidayme Recommendation – Choose from any of the four companies offering stargazing trips to the reserve located in the picturesque Mackenzie Basin.

· Galloway Forest Park, Scotland

At Scotland’s Galloway Forest Park (did we mention it was the United Kingdom’s first dark sky destination?), you can have a heavenly glimpse of more than 7000 stars, constellations and planets post sun down.

v Holidayme Recommendation – Vote for the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory if you’re looking for professional guidance on astronomy. Else, just sleep under the stars for a change!

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