Alyona and Kapteinn on a horseback riding vacation in Lapland
I was a bit reluctant to leave sunny Paris behind and swap plus 20° to minus 10° in Lapland but the taxi was waiting and I was eager to discover the Great North. During my comfortable SAS flight to Kiruna, a town in the far north of Swedish Lapland, my seat neighbors kept telling me how rare the Northern lights are. They were openly questioning if their 3 night stay in Kiruna would be enough this time to get a glimpse of such a rare sight. It was their third time to Lapland, hunting the Auroras. Unfortunately, they had not had any luck sighting the elusive Northern lights the previous winters. We landed on the snowy field and the pilot wished us “bonne chance” with the Auroras Boreales in his pronounced French accent, emphasizing once again how rare they were. I decided to keep my hopes up, no matter what.
Sarah from Ofelas Icelandic Horses met me at the beautiful red airport of Kiruna and off we went, ready for adventures. Of course, my main aim was to have a horseback riding vacation with Icelandic horses and discover the vast nature of Swedish Lapland. However, I was still hoping to get a glimpse of the Northern lights.
We had been driving for 10 minutes when I saw it. First a flash of green light struck the sky, dancing around the road. Then another one. The green particles were waltzing in the sky; creating intricate forms and fading into blue or pink shades. Magic!
Sometimes we could even see heart shapes or animal figures appear. It looked as if the whole sky had turned into a talented cappuccino art cup…Even Sarah told me that this Aurores were spectacular and she has been living in Kiruna for two years. What a start to the Lapland adventures!