Bucket list items

A friend of mine once said that seeing the Aurora borealis is on almost everybody’s bucket list, but it never leaves the list. And I agree, I’ve seen it many times already, but I never get bored seeing it again. So when two friends of mine said they really wanted to see the Auroras, we started planning a new trip to the north. One of the places I had heard very good stories about, and knew from my summer time visits to be very scenic, was Abisko in northern Sweden. Apparently, they have a special microclimate behind the Norwegian mountains, resulting in more clear skies compared to neighbouring areas. Ideal for watching northern lights!

Autumn colours near Tornetrask

After a long, but beautiful train ride through Sweden (why don’t we still have no decent long distance train network through Europe, we still had to fly to Stockholm…), we arrived in northern Sweden. Passing by several places I had been hiking decades ago and, in the middle of the night even Umeå, where I have studied for some months, it was a bit a trip down memory lane for me. The further north we got, the rougher and more mountainous the landscape became and the more excited we got. It turned out we were a bit too late for the stunning autumn colours as most Birch trees had already lost their leaves, but it was beautiful nonetheless.

Abiskojåkka, Sweden

After unpacking, installing and getting some groceries, it was time for some exploration. Our cabin was right in the Abisko National Park, so there was enough nature around to keep us occupied for a while. Our main goal was to find some good places where we could see and capture the auroras, if it would already happen during the first night…

Green clouds

But it was not to be, the first night. Well, pointing our cameras to the clouds, it was clear there was quite a spectacle behind them, but the clouds were blocking our views of it. Occasionally, there was a small gap, where we could see the bright green lights dancing, but for the real experience we would have to wait a bit longer.

Fortunately, we still had enough nights left!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

2 comments

  • Very nice images Arjen. A pity about the birches, if they would still have been in their autumn dress, the picture would be complete.
    The green clouds do indeed look promising. Now just waiting for clear nights, although I have the feeling that you have been able to cross something off the list 🙂

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  • Hi Arjen,

    Now the Auroras are with us in Finland again, soo. Also the winter is coming, morning temperatures touching zero and so on.

    Atached a picture from last night when I was out walking.

    Cheers

    Mika

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