15 Amazing Views Under the Night Sky

Striking moonlight, colourful auroras, and star-studded skies are the ultimate rewards for tackling your adventures under the night sky.

ATHABASCA CAVE, CANADA

Athabasca cave is located on the edge of Canada's Athabasca Glacier, near the Columbia Icefield. During the day, visitors experience sculptural, blue-hued ice formations. Those who brave the cold night can sometimes see auroras above the sprawling ice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JUAN PABLO DE MIGUEL MORENO, AURORA

KHUMBU BASECAMP, MOUNT EVEREST

Mountaineer's headlamps create light trails at night at Mount Everest's basecamp.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAKE NORTON, AURORA

GHAJN TUTA CAVE, MALTA

The moon and a roaring campfire light the way for climbers at Malta's Ghajn Tuta Cave.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLIAM ATTARD MCCARTHY

PANTHER FALLS, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA

Northern lights fill the night sky above Panther Falls in Canada's Banff National Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL ZIZKA, AURORA

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

A photographer uses extra lights to illuminate the North Window Arch and make this dramatic portrait under the stars at Arches National Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRAD GOLDPAINT, AURORA

PEYTO LAKE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA

A snowboarder carves through the snow above Canada's Peyto Lake in Banff National Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL ZIZKA, AURORA

KIRKJUFELLSFOSS WATERFALL, ICELAND

Visitors brave cold weather for the chance to photograph stars above Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall in Iceland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ARCTIC IMAGES/ALAMY

KHUMBU, MOUNT EVEREST

Climbers' tents offer epic night sky views from the Khumbu ridgeline on the Nepali side of Mount Everest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY GABE ROGEL, AURORA

PEYTO LAKE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA

A visitor soaks in sparkling northern lights near Peyto Lake in Banff National Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL ZIZKA, AURORA

CECRET LAKE, UTAH

Cecret Lake is known for its stunning wildflowers but visitors can also stay late to soak in the night sky. Here a hiker's headlamp mirrors the striking moonlight highlighting the landscape.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BEN GIRARDI, AURORA

SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK, NEPAL

A brilliant night sky reflects in the Gokyo Lakes in Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal. The Gokyo Lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system.
PHOTOGRAPH BY STOCKTREK/ALAMY

COLORADO RIVER, UTAH

Rafters pause along the Colorado River to see dazzling stars in the night sky.
PHOTOGRAPH BY AURORA PHOTOS/ALAMY

KIRUNA, SWEDEN

Dogsledders glide in below zero temperatures in Sweden. Those brave enough to endure the cold can sometimes see the northern lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHNATHAN AMPERSAND ESPER

SAHALE GLACIER, WASHINGTON

A photographer makes a self-portrait under the starry sky at Sahale Glacier in Washington State.
PHOTOGRAPH BY EVGENY VASENEV, AURORA

LOFOTEN ISLANDS, NORWAY

Visitors soak in the night sky and views of the northern lights in Norway.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CODY DUNCAN, AURORA

 

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