Why Do Savvy People Go To Lapland To See The Northern Lights?

28 Apr

Isn’t television wonderful? From your couch you can examine Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, fly over the Grand Canyon, see Tower Bridge open or close, or even observe gannets nesting on the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth. Except, of course, you don’t really. Imagine watching cookery programmes and yet never being allowed to actually eat any food. Wouldn’t it be great to genuinely climb Sydney Harbour Bridge? Or, bob out on a small boat towards the Bass Rock and feel the salt spray, hear the call of thousands of birds, and even experience a fairly unique smell?

Immersing yourself in an unforgettable experience
The Northern Lights feature on many bucket lists. Why not add it to yours? Recently, there have been displays of light across parts of the UK, and folk will excitedly tell you “I saw the Northern Lights”. Not the complete and total experience to be gained on a trip to Lapland though.

A few minutes outside your own home surely can’t compare with spending time in Lapland – a place where it’s constant twilight for almost two months. This certainly isn’t anything like the misery of a murky and dank winter day at home. It’s a proper experience of life in a cold but fascinating corner of the planet, and one that those lucky people who have already enjoyed it know they simply won’t forget.

Luckily a bright moon helps at night, but, of course, that’s not what you’re there to truly experience. Lapland is the place to see the Northern lights, incidentally, there’s an ancient belief that those who experience them live happily ever after – but, sadly, this can’t quite be guaranteed.

Around sixty miles above your head, electric particles accelerated by Earth’s magnetic field, collide with air molecules and disperse the energy in intense and stunning dancing arcs and waves of spectacular green yellow and red light. Stand there and you’ll soon know that nature is gently reminding you who’s really in charge.

Lots more to “lap” up
Ignoring the dreadful pun, it’s easy to be confused about where Lapland actually is. Many of us have been brought up to believe that it’s the home of Santa Claus, but it’s just as tricky to pin down as Mr Claus himself. Technically, Lapland is a region that stretches across four countries, and is largely within the Arctic Circle. Taking a trip to experience the Northern Lights, you’ll most likely find the best option is to be part of a tour, where you can be taken by experts to terrific and proven vantage points to enjoy the show, think front row stalls at the theatre – rather than being stuck in a “restricted view” area.

Such trips to Lapland can also give you the chance to enjoy other wilderness aspects, such as a snowmobile safari, a forest trek, even an expedition to listen to the call of wild huskies. There are also likely to be reindeer! Some travel companies even supply thermal boots.

If you want a memorable break, then Lapland certainly provides one of the most unforgettable of all winter holiday destinations.


Amy Wilson caught the travelling bug just after she graduated from university. She has since travelled across Asia and America before taking up work on a cruise ship. She visited lapland for the first time in 2013.

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