Northern lights

Maximize your chances of seeing the northern lights; come to Kilpisjärvi, Enontekiö in early spring or autumn. When the sky is clear, go out in the hours around midnight. The northern lights are visible on three nights out of four.

The northern lights are the world’s most magnificent light show. Particles ejected from the sun at 1000 km/s collide with oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the atmosphere at the poles, which results in a glowing light. According to  local legend, a fox running across the fells swept the snowy slopes with his tail, the sparks creating the northern lights.

Indigenous Canadians tell a similar tale about a caribou with a sparkling pelt. The Norwegians see a bridge built by the gods, set on fire to prevent the giants from crossing. Inuit tales say the northern lights are a torchlight procession of ancient spirits leading the souls of the dead to the afterlife.

You can find more information of the Northern Lights here.

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