Where to glimpse those northern lights
Nature provides many special moments. It is up to each and every intrepid traveler to determine what their next magical experience will be.
For my friend Robin, living in Breda, the Netherlands she felt like releasing her Travel Bug Within and visit the Arctic Circle to discover the delights of the northern lights. Sharing her journey, including obstacles she met on the way, provides an interesting insight to a place on my bucket list.
Any travelers who may not have the opportunity (yet) to see this phenomenon in first person – take a peek at these incredible images captured by Robin. A chance encounter etched forever in her mind and heart
In Robin’s words:
In the next day or so, I will make a decision to stay in Sweden an extra few days, to take a train to the Arctic Circle and back. Best place to see the Northern Lights is Abisko (Sweden) but there is no place to stay there.
Later that day:
Will take the overnight train to Kiruna, in the Arctic Circle. Staying at Camp Ripon. Abisko Station booked out, dammit, but am on waiting list. 1000’s are flocking north! Reindeer sleigh ride in search of lights an option. Saturday night train back to Stockholm. Some people have gone five times to the Arctic Circle without seeing the lights. Here’s to taking chances and living in the moment.
February 14th: Very lucky to score a lift to Abisko with famous photographer Peter Rosen. And I get to join him on his aurora photo expedition tonight. Conditions are clear. At worst he promises me a sky full of stars.
“I did it! I saw the northern lights in all their whorly, green glory and captured it on a SLR.
Oh what a night.”
Thanks Robin not only for being adventurous, but for living in the moment.
The northern lights have moved up a few spaces on my long travel bucket list!