The Northern Lights – A Captivating Phenomenon. Skies are often clear in Kiruna when it’s crisp and cold outside. That is also when the Northern Lights are at their most beautiful, dancing across the sky in a spectacular display.
The UN have designated 2015 the International Year of Light. Because of this, the international travel company, Lonely Planet put together a top 10 list of the best places in the world to experience light phenomena. At the top of that list? Abisko, Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, of course.
‘The Northerly Light of Dawn’
The Northern Lights, this so named phenomenon, is the beautiful range of coloured light that you can see moving across the sky in the northern parts of the world. Its Latin Name, Aurora Borealis, came in to use as early as the 17th century. Aurora is the goddess of dawn in ancient Roman mythology and Borealis means northerly. A direct translation would be ‘the northerly light of dawn’.
The Best Place in the World to See the Northern Lights
The Aurora Sky Station in Abisko lies right at the centre of what is known as the ‘Aurora Oval’ and is considered the best place in the world to experience the Northern Lights. You can get to the top of the mountain Nuolja (Sámi: Njulla) and the Aurora Sky Station by cableway and the guides there will teach you more about the phenomenon.