Ed Randell is often called upon to write travel features and blogs. Combining his three loves, travelling, writing and photography, his articles are well received and often guranatee great media hits for the publications.
In this article, Ed wrote about the time he went aurora (northern lights) hunting, while staying in a log cabin at Hotel Kakslauttanen in Ivalo, Finland.
“There are no guarantees when it comes to chasing the aurora borealis, except that you’ll almost certainly get cold. Very cold.
A cruel trick of nature means that anyone with a desire to see one of the most spectacular phenomena on the planet must travel to the Arctic Circle during the northern winter and generally spend prolonged amounts of time outside during the night, standing still in the middle of nowhere, waiting.
Then, of course, there’s the harsh reality that in spite of all the money it has cost and all the thousands of kilometres you have covered to get to your chosen vantage point, you may be greeted by a snow storm, thick cloud or just a dark, star-lit sky. That, or the charged particles that collide with atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere to create the light show may simply not be present on the night.
One of the few factors within our control is where to view the aurora, or northern lights, and in this respect, my wife Sarah and I have hit the jackpot.
We have opted to go aurora hunting without even leaving our bedroom.”
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