Scandinavia, a magical land near the Arctic, with most of it covered by Norway, Sweden and Finland, is a practical heaven to live in. Aurora Borealis (better known as Northern Lights), icing on the cake for those who want to spend their vacation here, is one of the most spectacular visual gifts from nature.
Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is a natural phenomenon in which light from the sun when enters Earth’s atmosphere, disperses into the charged particles of vibrant colours- green, blue, purple, maroon. etc, that shine and shimmer in the sky like a blanket of lights. This picturesque view of sheer beauty is a site not to be missed. Although, chances of experiencing this phenomenon increase as you go further north, there are many places in the upper region from where Northern Lights can be seen. Here are the top 5 Northern Lights destinations to in Scandinavia:
1. Svalbard, Norway
Svalbard is an island north to Norway, probably the furthest you can manage to go above the country. The Northern Lights season here is from November to February, but the perfect time to visit is in December, when it is without daylight and a strange blue twilight is perpetual all the time. The skies are perfectly clear and dark to experience the spectacular light shows. Besides experiencing this divine act of nature, you can spend some time with the wildlife, which is in full bloom here. You can spot reindeers, polar bears and walruses, thus scoring a perfect opportunity for a wildlife getaway.
2. Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Home to Sweden’s first Ice hotel, the village of Jukkasjarvi makes you see the most stunning night skies even in the absence of Auroras. When here, take a tour of Esrange Space Centre to see the exquisite constellations and vivid stars, even without any light shows. This village is a tour pack where you can enjoy a weekend snowmobiling and watching stunning Auroras.
3. Reykjavik, Iceland
One of the most happening and affordable places to see the Northern Lights, Reykjavik offers you way too much beyond these enchanted strokes in the sky. Apart from the light shows, it is also renowned for hot geysers, volcanoes and blue ice. On its way from the airport is a famous spot to get rid of your weariness, The Blue Lagoon- a world famous geothermal spa that is open all year round. Hollywood Fan? Well, Game of thrones buffs would love the place as they set to visit the locations where the famous TV series was shot.
4. Kakslauttanen, Finland
Planning a Christmas holiday? Then why not in Finland’s best place to see the stunning Aurora. Home to the famous Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, you can gaze at the picturesque colourful curtains of the Lights lying in bed of your own glass igloo! Definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss out. Other than that, there is ample activity for tourist, the most popular being the Reindeer Safari in Urhu National Park. You can even ride Dog Sleds and Rent some walking skis for a joyful snowy experience.
5. Unstad, Lofoten, Norway
Unarguably the most singularly unique spot to surf and see the Northern Lights at the same time, Unstad is home to the first Lofoten Masters, dubbed the world’s northernmost surfing championship. It can be described more as a festival than a championship, where you get to surf in icy water under the colourful curtain of the Northern Lights. The competition also has hot bath tubs, food stalls and sauna in the championship, so it’s truly a fun spot for people looking for adventure!
Unwind perpetual beauty both on land and in the sky as you visit Scandinavia! Gazing at the unearthly colours of the Northern lights in a starry night sky is on many bucket lists. Let us make those dreams come true!
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