Northern Lights at the ICEHOTEL & Abisko

All of our holidays to Swedish Lapland offer excellent opportunities for viewing the aurora but why not increase your chances by combining your stay at the ICEHOTEL with a visit to the Abisko Sky Station. Abisko is blessed with virtually cloud free skies and is considered as one of best places in the world to view the aurora borealis. And winter 2014/15 is predicted by scientists as being one of the best aurora seasons due to a double peak 'solar maximum'.

The Northern lights at Abisko

See a nights worth of auroral displays at the Aurora Sky Station. Video by Chad Blakley.

Solar Maximum 2014/15

Occurring approximately every 11 years, a solar maximum is when sunspot activity is at its very peak. Sunspots are dark, cooler areas on the sun’s surface which are prone to eruption, causing solar flares to dance across the sun’s surface, releasing charged particles into the solar system, which are the catalysts of the northern lights. When this happens, the northern lights that grace the arctic skies increase dramatically in frequency and intensity, providing some of the most stunning examples of the aurora borealis.

With NASA’s prediction of a double peak ‘Solar Max’, the coming winter season is likely to offer some spectacular aurora displays.


What creates the Northern Lights

This video by Per Byhring explains how particles originating from deep inside the core of the sun creates the northern lights, also called aurora borealis, on our planet.


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"We went up the chair lift to the sky station to wait for the Northern Lights and saw an amazing display, couldn't have asked for anything more."

Rik and Angie Humphries,
Tromso, Abisko and Icehotel 2013

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