How to See the Northern Lights this Autumn

Aurora Dome Credit Craig Robinson

Aurora Dome: Credit Craig Robinson

Experience the Northern lights from the comfort of the Aurora Dome or a traditional Scandinavian row boat, with new Autumn Northern Lights experiences launched this month. Arctic travel specialists Off the Map Travel, are now offering new and exciting travel opportunities in Kiruna, Sweden, for the Autumn traveler.

For those looking to experience the Northern Lights before the winter snow is due to fully arrive, a new Aurora experience has been launched allowing guests to enjoy the splendor of the Northern Lights from a contemporary and comfortable environment of a giant glass dome. The dome has been placed in the wilderness, ideally placed for Aurora spotting with a 180-degree view north and just a short hike along prepared trails from your drop off point.

During the evening guests will be warmed by a wood stove and enjoy a satisfying bowl of reindeer soup whilst learning about the Northern Lights from the trips’ experienced guides, and as they do appear, guests have the choice of making their way outside to a newly built Northern Lights deck to get even closer to the action.

“The Aurora Dome is perfect for those looking for a little comfort in their Aurora hunting,” says Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the map Travel and Arctic travel expert. “The dome itself is a haven in the wilderness for guest to relax and experience the wilds of the Arctic with comfort and luxury at its heart, whilst the dome and new viewing platform are designed to give guests the best possible experience around the Northern Lights.”

Guests who appreciate the beauty of nature in the region can also now experience the Autumn Northern Lights on the Torne river in a traditional handcrafted row boat. This new guided Northern Lights experience departs from the village of Kurravaara meaning ‘a canyon in the mountain’. The tranquil mirrored river spreads into a vast lake surrounded by mountains, with oars in hand guests can row among the fresh earthy scent of coniferous trees and glimpse golden leaves of the mountain birch as they turn the banks into a kaleidoscope of Autumn colors.

Leaving at dusk, guests will experience the regions star filled night sky and (hopefully) the aurora borealis with expert guides on hand to teach guests about the Arctic night sky as they go. All of this whilst relaxing among the wilderness and the water, and enjoying a locally produced warm berry drink and delicious local snacks.

“Autumn, known locally as the ‘ruska’, is considered one of their favorites. It delivers the first Auroras of the season along with Autumn colors. This new Autumn Northern Lights experience will not only allow guests to get in touch with nature, but will also give the chance to experience the lights, even with the chance of experiencing them reflected in the local waters.” Says Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the map Travel and Arctic travel expert.

As with any itinerary from Off the Map Travel, an Autumn Northern Lights itinerary can be tailor-made to fit the wishes and requirements of any guest. As an example, a five day, four night, Autumn Northern Lights experience with Off the Map Travel costs from £1199 per person, excluding flights. This includes all transfers and accommodation in a two bedroom chalet on a full board basis; a chance to visit the Aurora Dome for an evening of Northern Light hunting; a trip to the Aurora Spa with an indulgent Sauna Bucket; and a boat tour into the Arctic Autumn along the river.

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