To see northern lights or aurora borealis is on everyone's bucket list! This is when the sky comes to life with streaks of green, purple, and pink dancing above your head. Don't waste time wondering how cold it is and just travel now to hunt down the magic.
There are no borders when it comes to aurora borealis tours in Kiruna as the city is the perfect base for investigating Sweden’s great white north. It is the country’s northernmost city, with a population of around 17,000 people. It takes a 90-minute flight or a splendid 12-hour train ride to get to Kiruna from Stockholm. If your aim is to see the polar lights by car, snowmobile, snowshoe, skis, or dogsled, there are plenty of tour companies in Kiruna to offer you such experiences.
If you’re seeking the excellent northern Swedish experience, head to the lovely village of Jukkasjärvi. Accessible just by taking a 20 minute drive from Kiruna, Jukkasjärvi is home to around 550 inhabitants and the famous Icehotel.
Aurora Sky Station
For the most excellent chance of witnessing the polar lights, you should make the Aurora Sky Station trip in Abisko National Park. This park is 62 mi (100 km) west of Kiruna, with daily shuttle transfers available. Although you never know for sure if you see aurora or not, Abisko is famous for the clear skies and is deemed to be one of the most adorable spots for visitors to witness the miracle of aurora borealis. A chair lift takes visitors up to the observation tower from where you can see all the beauty around.
Porjus is a tiny northern village, with about 400 inhabitants and is the desired spot for viewing aurora borealis in Sweden. Situated 600 km (373 mi) north of the Arctic Circle, Porjus lies on the edge of a beautiful lake and it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site Laponia. Furthermore, it is located in the stillness of nature, away from the city lights, so just rent a cabin and enjoy the unbelievable dancing lights just above your head.
Generally, northern lights appear in early September in the far north of Sweden. And by January, when winter is all around Sweden, the northern lights can be seen throughout the large expanse of land in the northwest of Sweden. The last flash of aurora borealis in the country can be witnessed in late March and once in a blue even in early April. The most fabulous spectacle usually occurs between 10 and 11 pm on clear evenings, but generally, you can spot northern lights in Sweden between 6 pm and 2 am.
Dress properly, though, because it is extremely cold! And make sure to try plenty of winter activities, including dog sledding!