3. Kiruna, Sweden

Surely enjoying an extra special location for magnificent skies is the small town of Kiruna in northern Sweden. What makes it one of the most wondrous places of nocturnal beauty is that not only are the skies clear to see the stars, but it is also one of the best locations in the world to see the Northern Lights. The area is home to numerous space research centers, but visitors can enjoy the pure skies through binoculars as well as enjoying the magnificent arctic scenery. Kiruna is also home to an annual Snow Festival – the attractions here just keep on coming.