Snow, Snowshoeing and Northern Lights!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 19, 2012

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Where I stayed
Santa's Hotel Aurora Luosto
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Finland  , Lapland,
Friday, March 16, 2012

We arrived in Luosto and checked into our room at the Aurora Chalet. Wow. A fine hotel with a lovely cosy atmosphere and we even had a private sauna in our room!! Another exciting feature was as we checked in, we were given an 'Aurora Alarm' which informs us whenever the Northern Lights are visible!! And from that moment on, the excitement never stopped.

Wasting no time we headed off outside asking the question to Chloe, "Should we change into our ski clothes?" and my response; "Nah we're only having a quick look around before dinner." Hmm straight away in crossing the 'road' (a snowploughed flat section of snow and ice) we came across big mounds of untouched fallen snow next to the cleared path. "Lets see how deep it is!" and to this Chloe disappeared up to her waist in the snow. Maybe time to go and put on our ski trousers and boots.

So, properly prepared, we ventured back out to play in the snow! Diving into snow drifts and creating snow angels we wandered into town and found an ice igloo church! Completely carved out of ice it was an impressive structure. We then found a toboggan run at the bottom of the ski slope and had a few kamikazee runs down that until it was time to head back for dinner.

The menu was great! Creamy mushroom soup with dark archipelago bread to start, followed by grilled salmon with cucumber sauce and vegetable risotto, finished off perfectly with pancakes with cloudberries, cloudberry jam and vanilla cream. Delish!

Straight after dinner it was time for our snowshoe excursion in search of the Northern Lights! So we headed over to 'Snow Games' to get kitted out in rather attractive onesy snowsuits, snowshoes to clip on our feet and ski poles. It was then a trudge off into the night to find a good spot to view the sky.

We were not disappointed. On reaching the top of the first hill we paused to observe the sky and already could see an eerie green glow and some faint lines above our heads. It was the Northern Lights! We then took the decision to walk further on in hope of reaching a better spot with even less light pollution, to hopefully get a clearer, brighter experience.

Wow. Within minutes of us settling on top of this hill we were blessed with the most incredible and active Northern Lights display our guide had ever seen. Vivid green was smoked across the black sky in waves, with an energy dancing along the length of the aglow lights. It really was magical.

To top this we then witnessed the lights 'crown'. This is pretty rare as it's where all the energy is focussed on a point directly over you and kind of bursts out of the central point. In this display the colours were so radiant exploding out and we even had shades of red to accompany the fluorescent green. Absolutely breathtaking. Even I'm not sure I realise just how lucky we were to witness such a phenomenon.

After becoming a little too numb from laying on the snow for so long, but with smiles spread from ear to ear, we began our descent through the forest. Halfway back through the trees with eyes continually drawn to the sky we were honoured with another crown display! Positively mesmerising we were SO fortunate and could barely believe our eyes at the incredulous flourish of lights. A very humbling experience of which I shall never forget. They really do dance across the sky.

What a first day!!
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