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Girl vs Globe: Northern Lights Edition!

15th January 2018  

The 'Northern Lights' offer a magical display in the sky that are fascinating when viewed with the naked eye

The Aurora Borealis, popularly known as the 'Northern Lights', is a naturally occurring phenomena where one can witness dazzling trails of dancing lights in the sky occurring in a plethora of colours - shades of green, blue and even pink! I was fortunate enough to see it not only once, but twice and I was mesmerized by the beauty each time

You can see the Northern Lights in all of Lapland . In addition to this, I also visited a few cities and small towns during my trip. My personal favourite is Rovaniemi, a small town in Finland and it is also known as Santa Claus' official home! It's always Christmas in Santa's Village!

Aahuti Sejpal || Location: Lapland, Finland

Chasing the Northern Lights is only a fraction of what one can do in Lapland. It has so much more to offer - outdoor adventure activities, the surreal landscape and the lip smacking culinary culture will leave you speechless! Lapland offers a variety of winter activities - would you prefer to ride a sleigh pulled by a pack of husky dogs or Santa’s reindeer? Lapland’s got both!

I sat back and enjoyed my snowy surroundings while being pulled by a bunch of howling, excited husky dogs.

My other adrenaline filled activities included snowmobiling on a frozen river and  snowshoe walks through snow covered forests - the experiences were very enchanting! My personal favorite was the snowmobile activity.

I went for a couple of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) excursions. These excursions are guided activities, where you’re taken in a jeep to the middle of the wilderness. After getting off the car, we walked down to a river, the best spot to observe the northern sky. We had to be really patient as the Aurora loves playing hide-and-seek; and you never know when the lights could show up! While enjoying the peace of nature we were served fried sausages and hot berry juice around the bonfire. Before returning to civilization, we dropped by a traditional Sami hut where we had dinner.

This relaxing escape definitely satisfied all of our senses and I could finally tick ‘watching the Northern Lights’ off  my bucket list!

Snowmobiling – Aahuti Sejpal

Santa Claus’ official hometown and office is situated in Rovaniemi, Finland. I visited the Santa Claus Village, where I got to meet the real Santa and his elves. I also sent out postcards from the Arctic Circle post office!

Santa Clause Village, Rovaniemi

Here are few of our tips in Finland:

  1. Your trip duration should be at least 5-7 nights.
  2. Book your flight much in advance.
  3. Also book your stay and activities in advance as the season time is pretty packed.
  4. Learn the art of layering. Finland can get really cold and you will need those layers to keep you warm.
  5. The outdoor activities are a must. Snowmobiling, Husky Safaris and the Aurora Borealis Excursions.
  6. If you’re looking to go to Finland to chase the Northern Lights, the best time to go is from October to March.

Lapland, Finland

 

Few Tips for Photographing The Northern Lights

Its particularity tricky to capture the Northern Lights, but do you know they look even more stunning on camera than they do in real life. Long exposure photography is indeed  the best way to capture the magic of Northern Lights on camera. Here are a few tips which can help you in capturing the Northern Lights :

  • First and foremost, you must use a tripod and cable release to capture the Aurora properly.
  • Camera with Manual Mode Functionality : Manual mode allows the independent camera setting adjustments of ISO, F-stop, and shutter speed.
  • Recommended Gear : Full Frame / 35 mm Camera: Full frame cameras provide better overall image quality with lower noise, when shooting in low light situations.The Nikon D810, Sony a7R II, are the best full frame northern lights photography cameras.
  • A Wide Angle Lens : A wide angle lens allows you to capture vast landscapes with the northern lights overhead.When selecting a wide angle lens, ensure  minimum f-stop values of f/2.8-f/4, with f/2.8 being recommended.To Know More, Click Here!!

Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland. The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Finland is one of the most ideal places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights – they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. Not just that, there is a lot more to see and do in Finnish Lapland than we could possibly fit here in this blog post. The best thing to do is experience it in person!

Start planning your winter getaway to this mesmerizing place NOW! Need any assistance? – we’re here to help! Give us a call on +91 9820027421 / +91 9820027737 or head to our website.

Hope to plan you a lovely getaway!