Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland offers perhaps some of the best conditions in the world for Northern Lights. The surrounding mountains keep the skies almost clear and the light pollution is next to nothing. No wonder Lonely Planet dubbed Abisko the world’s most illuminating experience of 2015.
On and in the vicinity of the Earth’s both poles, there’s a good chance that you might witness a green, blue or red light in the shape of drapes, curves or rays dancing across the sky. It is particles from the sun colliding with the outer parts of the Earth’s atmosphere whereby the kinetic energy is transformed into visible light.
If you stay in Abisko for three days, you have an 88 per cent chance of seeing the lights – as long as the sky is clear. And it usually is.
In the northern hemisphere we call it the Northern lights or Aurora Borealis. Turn off artificial lights and gaze up in to the sky – no, space, and you can witness the sun’s greetings reaching us on Earth.