Where to see northern lights?
Where to see northern lights and experience one of the most incredible shows of nature ?
Let me tell you how fortunate I am, for the fact that I did witness one of the most extraordinary and fascinating shows mother nature has to offer; seeing the northern lights.
The only time I had the opportunity to see the green lights dancing in the sky was – and this was definitely a one of a lifetime event – in the southern state of Virginia, USA. Yes, now you see why I say one of a lifetime experiences!
Just as the name says, the northern lights can only been seen in northern areas of the globe. So after a couple hours staring at the skies in absolute awe, I was left craving for more.
WHERE TO SEE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
If you’re in Europe, like me, then head to Lapland!
WHERE IS LAPLAND?
Lapland, is the largest and northernmost part of Finland, Sweden and Norway.
Lapland is a magical region all year round. You’ll find fairy tale villages, winter Christmas attractions, the northern lights and the midnight sun. Lapland is a land that will make you live a dream and encounter activities you can’t experience anywhere else.
So why haven’t I visit Lapland yet? Well, I’ve been spoiled with our warm and sunny winters in southern Europe and I admit escaping the cold for a couple of years, while heading to Asia. I’m scared of cold, and maybe that’s why I’ve been missing all the breathtaking wilderness Lapland has to offer.
I’ve radically changed my mind, after a couple of friends sent me a handful of photos with their adventures in the snow, and the majestic sunrise from their windows.
I love off the beaten path and unique adventures away from the crowds. I specially love to explore nature in its purest state and I’m pretty sure, very few places in Europe can offer such combination. So yes, Lapland is now officially on my bucket list.
I’m particularly fascinated by the northern lights and the native tales and traditions that explain this phenomenon. Although science has described the technicalities of the northern lights, I still believe, to a certain degree, in the ancient myths and legends of the natives who have experienced nature’s most spectacular show on earth.
NATIVE TALES ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Many Inuits, the Arctic’s indigenous peoples, believed the northern lights were spirits of the dead playing a game with a walrus skull as the “ball.” The Inuit of Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea, on the other hand, believed in the opposite: that it was walrus spirits playing with a human skull.
Indigenous people from Greenland thought the northern lights were dancing spirits of children who had died at birth.
In Alaska, some Inuit groups considered the lights to be the spirits of the animals they had hunted, specially beluga whales, seals, salmon and deer.
In Norse mythology, the lights were the spears, armor and helmets of the warrior women known as the Valkyries. They rode on horseback, leading fallen soldiers to their final resting place at Valhalla.
In Finland, a mystical fox was thought to have created the aurora, its bushy tail spraying snow and throwing sparks into the sky.
In Finnish, the name for the aurora borealis is “Revontulet”, which literally translated means “Fox Fires.” The name comes from an ancient Finnish myth, a beast fable, in which the lights were caused by a magical fox sweeping his tail across the snow spraying it up into the sky.
Indians of the Great Plains of North America thought the lights came from northern tribes who were cooking their dead enemies in huge pots over blazing fires.
Fishermen in northern Sweden took the lights as a good prophecy, believing they were reflecting large schools of herring in nearby seas.
Have you ever seen the Northern lights? Have you ever traveled to Lapland? I would love to hear about your experiences on the comment section bellow!