I have been lucky enough to visit most of our Aurora Zone destinations however my first Aurora experience was at Wilderness Hotel Nellim in 2007. It was my first visit to Lapland and the prospect of seeing the Northern Lights was so exciting. Pretty much the first thing I asked my host Jouko was whether he thought we’d see the Aurora? His answer was ‘oh yes, at 10.10pm’. Knowing the Aurora cannot be predicted I laughed it off as a friendly tease and moved on to looking out for reindeer and marveling at the scenery.
When I found myself sitting on a reindeer skin on a frozen lake watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky at 10.11pm Jouko just smiled at me knowingly. I spent hours out there that night, it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
First Aurora Experience
Nellim - sitting on a reindeer skin, on a frozen lake with warm berry juice.