Images from Abisko, Sweden in 2017.
Abisko is a small village in northern Swedish Lapland, with approximately 80 permanent residents that increases to more than 100 during the winter tourism season. It lies 150 miles inside the Arctic Circle at latitude of 68 degrees, which places it within the ‘Auroral Circle’ – a ring around the geomagnetic North Pole where aurora activity is most likely to occur.
What really makes Abisko unique however – and ideal for northern lights sightings – is the surrounding mountains and prevailing winds that contribute to a micro-climate that keeps the clouds away, providing some of the clearest skies in the world. As a result, a forecast of cloud cover that would normally dishearten aurora hunters is nothing to fear in Abisko, as the ‘Abisko blue hole’ regularly creates a break in the clouds above Lake Tornetrask despite overcast weather in surrounding areas.
© Kellie Netherwood Photography