If you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse, the latest of which happened yesterday in Chile and Argentina, relax. They happen every 18 months or so. Somewhere on Earth. So why not go see one somewhere iconic? Here’s my pick of dream destinations in the next 18 years of total solar eclipses, in chronological order.
1 – Santiago de Compostela, León, Spain
When: 20:28 on Wednesday, August 12, 2026
Length of totality: 1 minute 44 seconds (in Molinaseca)
It’s the culmination of the legendary Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, but what are the odds of Santiago de Compostela falling under the moon shadow? Actually, the odds are slightly too high this time, and the town is just outside the totality zone. So slow down and reach Santiago de Compostela a few days after the 2026 total solar eclipse because a lot of the places on the way there are going to see an end-of-day totality. The original and most popular route of the Camino de Santiago is the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain (a walk of 3o–35 days), which passes through León, Ponferrada, and Molinaseca, all of which are within the path of totality. A great observation point might be Cruz de Ferro, the highest point on the entire Camino de Santiago. Here’s a map.
2 – Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt
When: 12:02 on Monday, August 2, 2027
Length of totality: 6 minutes 20 seconds
This one’s been on bucket lists for centuries. If you’re tempted to ask an eclipse-chaser about which is the “best” eclipse to go to, don’t bother. Just bone-up on Saros 136, a pattern of super-long duration total solar eclipses that repeat every 18 years, 11 days. Saros 136 is epic in our lifetimes, and the next one is on August 2, 2027. Its path of totality rips across Spain, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, but its ‘greatest point of duration’ just so happens to be a few miles from Luxor in Egypt. What’s more, the spectacle will happen almost directly overhead. Located beneath the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings, for a few minutes Hatshepsut’s Temple is sure to be the epicenter of the world. Although the inhabitants of Mecca might have something to say about their own 5 minutes-plus of totality … here’s a map.
3 – Sydney Harbour, Australia
When: 13:59 on Saturday, July 22, 2028
Length of totality: 3 minutes 48 seconds
A total solar eclipse in Sydney Harbour. Could it be any more romantic? A million people are going to crowd the inlets and coastlines of the area, from Botany Bay and Clovelly to Bondi and Manly (though it’s South Coogee, Royal Randwick Racecourse and Glebe Markets that will be bang-on the centreline). July is not the best time of the year, clouds-wise, but there are plenty of choices inland. As well as the nearby Blue Mountains falling within the path of totality, so will Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles) in the Northern Territory, and the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia (best seen from a cruise ship). Here’s a map.
4 – Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Namibia
When: 07:17 on Monday, November 25, 2030
Length of totality: 1 minute 31 seconds
Many eclipse chases don’t like sharing totality with anyone else. Spending those precious moments with the solar corona alone is understandable, but what about wildlife? The way the birds’ behavior changes, the way the cicadas chirp … but what about Cape Fur Seals? At the small Cape Cross headland on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, thousands of cute fur seals jostle, bark and squeak. It’s a bizarre sight (and smell) on a normal day, but during totality? Who knows? Just minutes after sunrise a partial solar eclipse will commence, followed by a total solar eclipse while the Sun is 13.5° above the eastern horizon. Zoologists, get your notebooks out. Here’s a map.
5 – Pyongyang, North Korea
When: 09:43 on Sunday, September 2, 2035
Length of totality: 1 minute 54 seconds
The “axis of evil” eclipse? Who knows what will have happened to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the next 16 years, but one thing is for sure. There’s no weirder a place to travel for celestial reasons than North Korean capital city Pyongyang. How about photographing an eclipsed Sun between the 22m-high statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il at the Mansudae Grand Monument? Or, more fittingly, watching totality at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, their final resting place? If you get cold feet, Beijing is also under the path of totality, as is northern Tokyo. Here’s a map.
6 – Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory, Australia
When: 11:45 on Monday, July 13, 2037
Length of totality: 3 minutes 4 seconds
Watching the changing colors on the red sandstone of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Central Australia is special, but watching it during a 360-degree sunset only an eclipse can bring? Although it’s in the middle of winter, this lunchtime eclipse is going to be special, though if you want to avoid crowds there are options. The nearby domed rock formations of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) gets 3 minutes 14 seconds of totality, while the dramatic sandstone King’s Canyon gets 3 minutes 10 seconds. How are you going to choose? Here’s a map.
Disclaimer: I am editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com