Scandinavia's magical Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis often occupy a very lofty spot on many people's bucket lists, and with good reason.
Scandinavia's magical Northern Lights often occupy a very lofty spot on many people's travel goals, and with good reason. This stunning natural phenomenon is caused by collisions between electrically charged particles entering the earth's atmosphere from the sun. These collisions cause a myriad of tiny bursts of light, or photons, which make up the aurora visible to us. This natural light show can be seen from above the magnetic poles in both the northern and southern hemispheres, and in the north are known as 'Aurora Borealis'. The lights can appear in many different forms, from sporadic wisps of muted colour to shimmering ribbons of bright light. The shades visible also vary depending on the type of gas particles that collide, but the hues are most commonly an assortment of green, pink and violet. The subsequent kaleidoscopic light show can last anything from a few minutes to all night long, depending on the solar winds, which results in one of Scandinavia's most inspiring natural treasures in a region that is very much 'powered by nature'.