The Svalbard archipelago is set between the Greenland and Barents Seas, 1,000 miles from the North Pole, and about three hours by plane from Oslo. It’s not only another fantastic destination for viewing the northern lights, but it also offers everything from close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Known as one of the last great untouched wilderness areas in Europe, these tiny islands are home to more polar bears than people, with less than 3,000 calling it home. In addition to polar bears, you’ll have a good chance of spotting walruses, seals, reindeer, polar foxes, and all types of birds that co-exist in this harsh, but beautiful landscape. It’s so remote that it hosts the Global Seed Vault, which provides a safety net against the accidental loss of diversity in case of a major regional or global disaster. In addition to aurora and wildlife viewing, you can enjoy dog sledding, skiing, and snowmobiling.