Abisko National Park, in Swedish Lapland, offers some of the best conditions in the world for northern lights watching. The unique climate of the area keep the skies almost clear, and the light pollution is next to nothing. And here, you also find the Aurora Sky Station.
On a beautiful Tuesday night, we take the chairlift from the village of Abisko towards the top of mount Njullá. It’s cold and crisp, the full moon is out, and the stars are abundant. We see a faint green glow but nothing exceptional. Not just yet. In the chair lift, we talk about our hopes and fears. Maybe the moon is too bright tonight for good northern lights spotting? Maybe there will be no show what so ever? “After all it’s still nature, you know”. It’s that anticipation, but also the fear of being too enthusiastic. To jinx the night. But at least we can agree on that we have good chances, with an almost perfect cloudless night. And in the comfort of the overalls – handed out by the nice people at the chair lift – we are sitting in warmth although it’s a bit of a cold night.