Since longer than I can remember, I have always been fascinated with the northern lights. I have longed to see them dance across the sky. I finally made my dream come true in November 2016 with this trip.
The trip was a culmination of more than a year of research/planning and helped accomplish quite a few bucket list goals for me, like seeing the northern lights, crossing the arctic circle (going as far north as 70-72 degrees north), visiting Lapland (Finland) and Norway.
I have written a detailed post about the logistics of chasing & photographing the Northern Lights, how to get there, what kind of tours to book, do's and dont's etc; if you're interested in every little details of the experience.
The following is my experience of an epic week spent in the Arctic Circle.
The Journey- After 32 hours of setting off from Bangalore, three flight changes and 9000 kms later, I landed in Ivalo- the gateway to Finnish Lapland in the heart of the Arctic Circle. A small village with a population of 3000 and a small airport that serves two flights a day and is open only during flight hours.
Tip: Book early as flights to Helsinki and Ivalo are not cheap even during the winters.