Northern Lights

One mention of this wonder of nature and the mind is immediately transported to frozen wildernesses of the north. While you are in Abisko National Park or the surrounding Kiruna Mountains you have a very high likelihood of seeing the lights dance in green over your head and if you’re lucky take on colors ranging through purple, blue, yellow or even red. Whether the Northern Lights show themselves in the form of curtains, spirals, arcs or coronas you can rest assured that it will be a night you never forget!

The Aurora Borealis

One of nature’s finest shows originates nearly one hundred and fifty million kilometers away on our Sun. The Aurora is the result of the solar wind’s interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere, temporarily increasing the energy level of atoms in the upper atmosphere. The excess energy is then released, mostly in the form of visible light seen as magnificent displays in the night sky that have mesmerized people in the polar regions for thousands of years.

 

Galileio accordingly gave the Aurora its name from the Greek goddess of dawn after mistaking its glow for the rising sun being reflected in the atmosphere. Lights that appear on the northern hemisphere are called Aurora Borealis, in turn named after the god of the north wind.

Abisko and the Kiruna Mountains

Abisko National Park in the Kiruna mountains sets the scene for their arrival with crystal clear skies, pristine snow capped peaks and clean mountain air. Due to its location in a low precipitation micro-climate Abisko has more clear nights than virtually any other of the destinations frequently located within the auroral oval – the area on our planet where the lights are currently visible.