From Stockholm we took a flight in to Kiruna,where we camped for 2 nights at Camp Ripan,which is a really nice accommodation and kids can freak out here building snowmen and angel in the snow.
|Kiruna ,here I come @Kiruna Airport|
|The snow does bring out the child in you|
After spending two nights in the small but happy town of Kiruna ,we realised that the ‘Aurora Borealis’,was not a phenomenon occurring everywhere and we had to chase it.So we headed to Abisko in a train,where the sightings as very common.
|My crazy bunch of friends all set to depart from Kiruna|
|Me dressed in overalls ready for the ski lift|
|Abisko in the daylight,the view from the ski lift is outstanding but this is also beautiful.|
|Aurora sky station|
The sky station was like a nice and warm cafe,there were guides explaining the origin,folklore and the science behind the Aurora sightings.
To just explain the concept of Aurora briefly,an aurora is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin word aurora, “sunrise” or the Roman goddess of dawn), predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions.Auroras are caused by charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, entering the atmosphere from above causing ionisation and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent optical emissions.
For experiencing this phenomenon in it’s glory it is deemed to have temperatures way below minus 30 and a clear night sky and then they are supposed to dance.We were however not so lucky,the temperature was just minus 15 degrees and the sky was cloudy.The Gods,however did not disappoint us and we did see the sky light up magnificently and the light travelled from one end to another in a curved path.What was interesting was that Aurora pictures that we have seen through our childhood have shown to combine multiple colours but here it was singular and while we saw white and mild orange light lit up the sky,the cameras caught it as stark green.
|The nature’s marvel-Aurora Borealis as captured by the camera|
Imagine a bunch of over clad ,over enthusiastic people in pitch darkness and snow clad mountains,in the middle of nowhere gazing and marvelling the nature’s spectacular ,magical phenomena and jumping in excitement each time the sky lights up and sighing when it darkens .This was us.It was amazing,it was outstanding and it was a tick on my bucket list.