Northern Lights also known as Aurora Borealis is one of the most beautiful gifts from nature. This free natural light show has the capacity to enthral and excite its viewer like no man-made light show ever can! Just think about it: you are driving on a highway or are bundled up in your room just looking out at nothing in particular and all of a sudden this amazing dance of lights breaks out in front of you. Hues of green and at times even red and blue beautify the sky thus, increasing its beauty tenfold.
When people think of Northern Lights, the countries of Sweden, Norway and Iceland are quick to pop in the mind. Truth be told, the oft-forgotten Finland offers some of the best views of the Northern Lights. Lapland – The North of Finland falls in the area closest to the Arctic Circle and this area has all the conditions required for Northern Lights to come to life.
Head to a town like Luosto and Muonio in Lapland offer uninterrupted views of the Northern Lights. The hotels in these areas provide visitors with a mobile alert that assist in the search for the Aurora Borealis. In fact, Santa’s Hotel Aurora in Luosto has a special Aurora Alarm service that promptly informs guests as soon the magnificent Northern Lights are visible in the sky. The resorts and hotels in Lapland have wooden cabins or igloos that are clean, comfortable and equipped to keep you warm. Additionally, the hotels do offer activities like skiing, reindeer safari and private saunas to keep guests entertained.
In case you are looking for something more adventurous and want to see the Northern Lights no matter what, then it would make sense to visit Kilpisjarvi, a far-flung area in Finland and a Northern Lights hotspot. As per the 2000 census, the town with the school and hotel was home to only 114 people! While no luxuries waiting for you here, you will definitely get a glimpse of those amazing lights.
It is best that you know that Lapland is cold. It is cold like you have never experienced or thought cold to be. If you want to see the Northern Lights, then you will have to brave sub-zero freezing temperatures. The best time to visit Lapland, Finland and to see the Northern Lights is between September and March. This is the time of winter in Finland, a time when the night sky is dark enough to allow you to see the Northern Lights in all their glory.
Aurora Borealis is an experience that must be lived once in your lifetime. It is best to make plans to visit this cold, cold country when you are young and fit and see the marvels of nature for yourself. Thanks to more regular flights to Finland and more northern cities within the country, seeing this incredible natural spectacle is an absolute must.