Vacations are of two kinds, those that are made up of cosy beeches, comfortable hotels and souvenir shopping sprees and those that are made of experiences, adventures and breathe taking sights that one can never forget. If you are in search of a holiday to kick start your adventure to discover the world, its time you visit the Northern Lights in Jukkasjärvi.
If you ask a person who has seen the Northern Lights, they will tell you how each time the experience is unique and incredible. The lights dance through the sky, as though an artist has just waved his brush from the heavens, stroking the dark sky with dazzling shade of green and an occasional hint of maroon and red. They are there for a minute and in a blink of an eye, they are gone, as though it was all just a dream. These curtains of colours that flow through the sky remind us of how fascinating this world truly is. The brilliance and the dazzle of the Northern Lights is something that must be witnessed at least once in a lifetime.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Auroras Borealis, is a natural phenomenon that has fascinated man over centuries. This spectacle put up by nature, attracts tourists from far and wide. But the Northern Lights are not all that Jukkasjärvi has to offer. Located in Sweden, the town of Jukkasjärvi has a humble population of 548 inhabitants, and every year this town plays host to tourists who come from far and wide to witness the splendour of the Northern Lights and to stay at the Ice hotel, the first of its kind in the world. The Ice Hotel is built from scratch each year by artists and designers from all over the world who leave their artistic mark for the likes of its visitors. Tonnes of ice are borrowed from the Torne River and artists get to work creating life size masterpieces in ice and moulding rooms, furniture, decoration and even crockery. But don’t worry, although the major attraction here is the ice and cold, the hotel has warm rooms that are rented out for those who prefer to sleep away from the snow.
The Ice Hotel has several other outdoor activities you can enjoy like skiing, dog sledging and cruising in the snow. Apart from that, the Abisko National Park, which is home to several beautiful species of winter birds, is also worth the visit.