You’ve probably seen films or photographs of the northern lights. How they dance across the sky, charging forward, recoiling, twisting, unrolling, flaring up, retreating, billowing out and suddenly fading away. All in a wash of yellows, greens, blues, reds and purples. It’s breathtaking. In real life it’s much better. You bundle up in the warmest winter gear possible, and proceed into the Nordic night, not far from the arctic circle. You’ve travelled a long way to see this. A little cold air isn’t about to stop you. The sky is so dark and so vast, it seems to draw you into its endlessness. Patience. Now there’s nothing more you can do.
Northern Sweden is possibly the best place to see the northern lights, because it lies under the auroral oval and enjoys clear skies more often than many coastal regions. Here ICEHOTEL is the prime location for experiencing the aurora borealis, or northern lights.
In this section
- Northern lights 101 – the facts
- The myths and legends of the northern lights
- How to photograph the northern lights
- Listen to the northern lights