“Awe-inspiring, magical, breathtaking, spellbinding, mesmerising”, these are a few of the words used by our clients to describe the Aurora Borealis or – as they are more commonly called – the Northern Lights. In fact, no amount of words or, indeed, images could ever do real justice to the Aurora. It is, to my mind, one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena – if not the most spectacular – and it’s hardly surprising that it’s on so many people’s wish-list.
The very first time I witnessed them for myself I was literally speechless. I just lay, silent in the snow, captivated by this truly amazing spectacle unfolding before my eyes. The only noises that I could hear were the faint sound of a reindeer bell tinkling in the distance and the sound of the my own breathing. It was a wonderful experience and one that will live with me for a lifetime. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have seen the ‘Spirits in the Sky’ many times and I think that it’s fair to say that I’ve become somewhat addicted to them. The beautiful thing is that they are always different. Sometimes they come in spirals, at other times as ribbons or bands, always varying in speed, colour and intensity. In order to fully appreciate the magnificence of this natural light display it simply has to be experienced first- hand and, believe me, it’s something that’s well worth braving the elements for.