This week is the second-last of a series of posts on my Northern Lights Adventure series. I’ve been taking you through the magical experience we had travelling around Sweden and Norway, chasing my life-long dream of seeing the Northern Lights. ET and I spent seven nights in the area known as the Auroral Zone. This is a ring around the North Pole where you are most likely to see the lights. We added a few stops into our trip to try and maximise our chances. The first of these is Abisko.
Abisko is considered one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora. It’s a small town away from the lights of the big cities and also typically has very clear skies. While in Abisko, we stayed at the Abisko Mountain Lodge. The rooms are almost comically small, but clean and comfortable. The staff are very friendly and always willing to help! They also do some great hot alcoholic drinks for your return from a night in the cold staring hopefully at the skies. Or any other time of the day really!
We also booked tickets for both nights in Abisko to go up to the Aurora Sky Station. The weather was not in our favour and it was snowing on our first night, but we decided to go up anyway. This was… an… um… experience. We climbed on this tiny open ski lift and headed up the mountain in pitch black. This was terrifying. But not as terrifying as when the snow storm hit and we were heading into pitch white. To add to the …experience, every time someone got on the ski lift at the bottom, or off at the top, the lift would stop and our seat would sway wildly in the wind. Add to this the sub-zero temperatures, me clinging to my camera and ET clinging to my tripod. When we got to the top, the wind was so strong and it was snowing so heavily that we could barely go outside. We stayed at the top long enough to build up the courage to get back on that ski lift and go back down. We were relieved to walk away from that experience!
Needless to say, we decided not to go up to the Sky Station on the second night that we had booked. We went onto the helipad behind the Abisko Mountain Lodge. Where we once again did not see the lights. However, if you’re planning this trip: I recommend not spending money on the expensive ticket up to the sky station, there are many beautiful places around Abisko (and the Mountain Lodge) that are perfect viewing points for the lights. And not so terrifying to get to.
While there isn’t much to do in Abisko, the rest of our trip was so jam-packed that we really enjoyed spending some time together relaxing and watching series in our warm room.