How to find, view and photograph the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a spectacular phenomenon that occasionally lights up the dark sky in the far north. Green, blue, red, violet and many shades of these colors dance in the sky, forming shapes and pulsating like a work of art. It is pure magic to see the lights, an experience you won’t forget. There is no photograph or video that can show how impressive the real thing is. Here is a how-to-guide (with permission from the Lapland travel guidebook author) to viewing and filming the Northern Lights.

NOrthern LIghts in Rovaniemi, Finland. Arctic Circle in Lapland
The Northern Lights in Rovaniemi (Photo Copyright Visit Rovaniemi/Rovaniemi Tourism & Marketing Ltd)
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The best destinations for summer and winter outdoor action in Lapland, north Europe

The vast wilderness region in north Scandinavia, Lapland, covers the northernmost Sweden, Norway and Finland. It is located north of the Arctic Circle, which means that winters are ideal for snowy activities, and summers rarely get too warm for strenuous outdoor activities. The following five destinations provide the most choices for travelers who are looking for outdoor adventures, not forgetting Lapland’s iconic fell and fjord sceneries.
Tromsö, Norway. Fjellheisen cafe at top of fell. Read the story “The best destinations for summer and winter outdoor action in Lapland, north Europe”

If you are traveling in a region where polar bears roam, here is something you shouldn’t do

If you are on a journey in the far north, above the Arctic Circle in the land of polar bears, here is an important thing to know. Whatever you do, don’t approach the animal. First, it is dangerous, since polar bear is regarded as one of the most dangerous predator in the world. Second, approaching polar bears is forbidden, and you may get a hefty ticket for it.

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Five unforgettable scenic drives in Lapland, Scandinavia for road travelers

If you are planning to make a long road trip to the northernmost region of Europe, Lapland, here are 5 scenic drives to include into the tour plan. Summer months July and August are the best period to tour the large wilderness above the Arctic Circle. Top 5 scenic routes were suggested by the travel guidebook Lapland.

Karasjok, Norway, Lapland, Scandinavia. Read the story “Five unforgettable scenic drives in Lapland, Scandinavia for road travelers”

The ultimate World Championship event: football played on a swamp in Finland

The New York Times published a wonderful article on a sport that is so strange I instantly wanted to travel to the village where they play it to view a live game. Football that is played on a swamp, or swamp soccer. It is played in Finland where certain regions are covered with large marshlands. They even have the Swamp Soccer World Championship tournament every July.

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