Mack Prioleau | Travel | Chasing the Northern Lights in Finland
For Mack Prioleau, traveling the world remains on top of his adventure list. While he had the privilege of visiting a few countries when he frequently traveled with his parents in his younger years, he knows there’s still so much to see. He’s been to parts of Asia and Europe, but he admits that his travels barely even scratched the surface. On top of his bucket list is Finland; more specifically, chasing the Northern Lights in Finland.
The Northern Lights: Nature’s Spectacular Show
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun’s electrically charged particles collide and upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere, appearing as a display of dancing lights. It’s one of nature’s phenomena that is simply breathtaking—surreal and breathtaking, for Mack Prioleau and many others who wish to see this amazing show.
The Northern Lights can be seen from different countries in the world; those that are within the auroral oval or regions where the probability of seeing them are the highest. Of these countries, Sweden, Norway and Finland are the most popular destinations.
The Northern Lights in Finland
Finland is the destination of choice for Mack Prioleau not only because of the Northern Lights but also because of its wide expanse of virgin forests and over a hundred thousand lakes (there are approximately 188,000 lakes in the country).
For the Northern Lights, Mack Prioleau learned that your best chance of seeing this amazing light show is in Finnish Lapland. There are various ski resorts here as well so you could enjoy the slopes during the day and camp out under the stars at night to wait for the Northern Lights to appear.
An interesting viewing site is a tree house designed specifically to give guests a good vantage point for enjoying the natural light show. In Rovaniemi, Lapland, look for the Arctic Treehouse Hotel. There are only 37 treehouses here so you’d best book your stay months in advance to ensure that you get a slot.
The treehouse is your own private and cozy nest that not only gives you panoramic views of the world below but in the evenings, it gives you spectacular views of the Northern Lights right from your window.
If you prefer to camp under the stars, there are igloo tents that you can book as well. These are in Saariselkä, a village in Finnish Lapland. The tents are glass igloos that come with their own toilet and bath. You can lie on your bed and watch the skies at night through the glass ceiling. Mack Prioleau hopes to experience the aurora borealis from both the treehouse and the glass igloo someday.
The best time to visit Finland for the Northern Lights is between the months of September and April when the nights are longer and the chances of clear night skies are higher.
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