20
Jan

My Kind of Light Show

by Alan Rider

050118-F-3488S-003Growing up on the shores of Lake Erie, I had enough brutal winter weather in my first couple of decades to last me the rest of my life.  Which makes it all the more surprising that, upon reading this story about a mid-winter visit to Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen, I immediately thought: “Wow, I wanna go there!”

You see, viewing the northern lights has long been on my extraordinary experiences “to-do” list.  The problem, of course, is that these psychedelic atmospheric disturbances are best viewed during the long dark nights of winter at extreme northern latitudes where, to use the technical meteorology term, it gets friggin’ cold.

Turns out that the owner of this unique Lapland hotel 150 miles above the Arctic Circle felt my pain and solved this dilemma by building of 20 glass-roofed igloos.  To be able to lie in a nice warm bed under a star-filled sky and watch this natural light show unfold above me frankly sounds like a dream come true. 

Now all I need to do is figure out a way to get to and from my igloo without actually stepping outside!

If you’ve found another equally fun way to view the aurora borealis, drop me a note via the “Leave A Reply’ box below.

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