Amazing Visit To Sweden To See The Northern Lights During Peak Activity Levels

If you have never seen the Northern Lights in person, or if you just want to see them again, increased solar activity is causing the best aurora borealis displays that the Earth has experienced in years. Since the 2011/2012 winter the Northern Lights have been more spectacular than ever. The 2013/2014 winter produced more of the same and the 2014/2015 season is predicted to have peak activity levels, too. This increase in activity is caused by what scientists are calling a 'solar flip'. A solar flip is when the suns polar magnetic fields completely reverse causing an increase in solar flares and activity. Although winter is winding down, there is still time to travel to the Arctic and see what nature has to offer. 

The Aurora Borealis

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The Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis, is a natural phenomenon that is caused by electronically charged particles colliding together when they enter into the Earths atmosphere (the thermosphere, to be exact). These collisions are what cause the beautiful streams of colour to appear in the winter night sky. The name aurora borealis comes from the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek word for north wind, Boreas and was penned by the astronomer Pierre Gassandi 1621.This happens above both above the northern and southern poles (the Southern Lights are known as aurora australis and can be seen from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of South America) in a band known as the auroral zone that is between three and six degrees wide. The Northern Lights are best seen from high latitude locations like the Scandinavian countries. The best times to view the Northern Lights are said to be around equinoxes or solstices but the phenomena can be visible throughout the winter. 

The Northern Lights Tour 

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I went with who offer a four-night trip to Karesuando, Finland to see the Northern Lights from the best possible sites. On this trip, you will take an excursion through the wilderness by snowmobile and another on foot through the forest in order to catch a glimpse of these fabled lights. During your trip you will also be able to mush your own husky team through the snow and visit a reindeer farm where you will learn to herd and lasso the animals. The Northern Lights tour also comes with full accommodations, a return flight/air transfer, thermal suits and boots, as well as a snowshoe tutorial. Transun Holidays also offers Northern Lights trips that can last over a week. Check out their Aurora Hunter tour, which is an extension of their Northern Lights tour, or their Arctic Adventurer tour which will take you on an expedition through Lapland.