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!
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.
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…
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!