Hunting Aurora Borealis the Northern Lights
My amazing journey to see the Aurora Borealis the Northern Lights on the Finland and Sweden border covered with deep dry snow, started with a birthday card from my husband on my 60th birthday on New Year 2018.
I could not have wished for a better birthday present.
Hunting the Northern Lights has been on my wish list for as long as I can remember and now my dream had come true.
Caroline Walker found an amazing deal for us staying at the Arctic Star hotel in Sweden for seven nights with a package that included wonderful things to do everyday.
Seven nights Hunting the Northern Lights
Caroline sourced seven nights with Transun which included
- Flights and transfers
- Full board
- Snowshoe Induction and hike
- Call of the Wild with Husky’s
- Forest Hike to see Aurora Borealis the Northern Lights
- Trip to a local Museum
- Northern Lights Snowmobile
- Sami Museum
- Quincey Quiz Night
- Reindeer Camp
Our flight took us from London Gatwick to Enontekio in Finland where coaches were waiting to take the next part of our journey.
A forty five minute drive over the snow covered roads to Karesuando in Sweden to the Arctic Star hotel.
Stunning simply stunning like being driven through the most beautiful Christmas Card.
Along the route to the Arctic Star Hotel in Karesuando, Sweden, the coach stopped at Ketesurento in Finland.
Everyone disembarked as this was where we would be fitted for the Arctic suits and boots that would be needed to keep warm during our stay, as we would be experiencing temperatures as low as minus 27 with the chill factor of minus 32.
The Arctic suits are worn over our base and middle layers and ski wear but hats, and scarves are also a must as are good gloves.
The Arctic Star Hotel
On arriving at the Arctic Star Hotel we were allocated our rooms. The Transun Reps are 3 lovely English ladies. Our Rep was a lady called Victoria she went through the itinerary with us.
Most of the hotel staff are English, there were a few staff member who were not but they spoke very good English.
As I have listed above there were different activities for us to experience every day. Which also included learning about and meeting native Sami people.
The days were well planned so we had free time to go walking to explore the local area and to photograph the amazing scenery in Karesuando and the surrounding area of Sweden.
Although the days were very short sunrise at 08:09 and sunset at 15:18 our Holiday Rep Victoria suggested that we would have time on our first day to put on a few more layers of clothing and go for a walk to the frozen river before dinner.
She did warn everyone about ‘Frost Nip’ which she did explain in full and told us what to do if we started to get too cold.
On our walk we soon found that wearing scarves to cover our faces was not really good enough for us, as our breath quickly froze on the scarves which made your face very cold in fact the side of my nose had started to go numb.
We returned to the Arctic Star, once in the warm hotel my face soon warned up. We returning to our rooms we changed out of our outside gear and went down for dinner.
The Arctic Star rooms are simple and clean, coffee making facilities with an en-suite wet room.
The holiday was full board which included three good meals per day. With a good selection for each meal including a vegetarian option.
To top it all we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on three evening.
Thank you to…
- Caroline Walker of Travel Counsellors for finding my dream holiday
- Transun holidays
- All the staff of The Arctic Star Sweden
- All the people who guided up through our experiences.