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The Northern Lights, the hottest break in town!

14759385_lThe Northern Lights, the hottest break in town!
For centuries, people have marvelled at an astounding vision in the Arctic skies; a wonder which has been attributed in folklore as a reflection of a shoal of fish, the sweep of a fox’s tail and the spirits of dancing children. This wonder, of course, is the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.
Holidays to see the Northern Lights have never been more popular, with so many destinations to choose from, where is the best place to see them. Answer, Abisko.
You’ve never heard of it? That’s not entirely surprising, as while it’s arguably the finest place to see the lights, it’s also probably the least well-known, but that’s just part of the reason it’s so very special.
Abisko is a tiny village in the very northern reaches of Swedish Lapland, some 150 miles within the Arctic Circle. Not far from Norway, it is located close to the Abisko National Park, which is famed for its wild terrain, craggy mountains, wildlife and sheer
Nordic beauty. Visitors come to Abisko for two main reasons: in the summer, to hike under the midnight sun and in winter, to see the Aurora Borealis.
Why is Abisko the key destination for sightings?
Being one of the locations situated within the mystical-sounding Auroral Oval – a ring around the geomagnetic North Pole where auroral activity is most likely to occur – it’s probably no surprise to learn that Abisko’s skies are frequently painted with the dazzling, colourful illuminations. However, it is said that of all the aurorae hotspots in the world, 490892_lAbisko boasts the highest probability of sightings. This is due to several, differing factors.
Firstly, its remote location means there is very little light pollution. Secondly, Abisko rarely experiences any inclement weather due to its geography; it sits within a ‘bowl of mountains’ which seemingly protects it from cloud or rain. This micro-climate also produces some prevailing winds which, together with the mountains, serve to disperse cloud cover. Hence the region enjoys greater numbers of clear nights per season, something that other locations cannot so confidently boast.
There are many night time tours to choose from, two of the more popular are a photography-based Northern Lights trip, run by an expert and a visit to the Aurora Sky Station followed by a gourmet meal dining experience.
However, as mentioned above, it is possible to see the lights in any dark area which is far from artificial light, so take your pick.
Your nights might be covered, but you’ll need something to do during the day. Fortunately, this is another string to Abisko’s bow: the diversity of experiences that are on offer.
Providing you’re wrapped up warmly and have some sturdy shoes, there are plenty of things to do in Abisko. You can explore the wilderness of frozen lakes and dramatic scenery with a local Sami guide, keeping your eyes open for indigenous wildlife. Or for something a little higher octane, there are husky rides, skiing, and ice climbing, caving or snowshoeing. You could even travel by train to the majestic Norwegian Fjords, a day t21689979_lrip which is highly worthwhile.
Don’t worry if you’re not an adrenalin junkie, there are more relaxing activities available. These include ice fishing, gentle walks and local-produce-laden dinners, for example. The point, however, is that to enjoy all that Abisko has to offer, you’ll need to plan a trip of a few days’ duration.
Choosing a northern lights holiday can be quite a challenge! If you are looking for a personal experience in some of the best viewing locations on earth then Amity World Travel can certainly help. We work with the top specialist operators and our network of partners, allow us to offer complex itineraries delivered seamlessly.
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