Rosemary Rayfuse gave herself a ski expedition in Sarek National Park as a birthday gift for herself – and she would not regret it. This is her story from the Sarek Ski Expedition.
– If you want to see the northern lights get out of your tents NOW!
Christian’s basso profundo boomed out across the camp. I had just gone into my tent, thinking the evening’s display was over. Several of us had been out marvelling at the simultaneous sight of the sunset, a backlit crescent moon, and shimmering green northern lights. How could it get better?
I leapt out the door in time to see a dazzling curtain of red and white flash across the sky. The sun had finally disappeared below the horizon and the deepening darkness accentuated the brilliance. Lights danced across the sky, shooting up from the mountain tops, looking for all the world like spotlights from the centre of the earth. Mother nature’s very own – and very extraordinary – light show.
It could not have cleared at a better time. We were deep in the heart of Sarek National Park; high on a plateau surrounded by its majestic snow-clad, glacier-laden mountains. The wind had finally dropped and we were in for a clear and crisp couple days to end the trip on. We deserved it. We had been skiing through some of the most beautiful landscape on earth but, thanks to the weather, had seen precious little of it in the five preceding days.