Northern lights tourism rising to new heights

The northern lights are attracting increasing numbers of people to Abisko who want to experience the fascinating dance across the winter sky. From every corner of the globe they come to watch and photograph the beauty of Aurora Borealis, which is its international name.

Yesterday the Aurora Sky Station got the third price of TRIP Global Award 2013 for “The best Experience in Sweden”. Hotels in Abisko are almost fully booked for the coming winter season thanks to the steady rise in northern lights tourism and in just a few days, yet another place to stay will be opening its doors for the season. Aurora Sky Station continues to draw plenty of attention. CNN Travel has ranked it as one of the best places on Earth to see Aurora borealis.

“Even last winter was a really great season”, says Peter Rosén, professional northern lights photographer who has lived in Abisko since 1999. And this winter has every indication of being even better. For 2013-2014, the solar activity is expected to reach a maximum, meaning we can expect more powerful aurora displays.

This season has had a spectacular start with plenty of beautiful auroras, one exceptionally breathtaking show filled the sky when a large Japanese film team recently visited Kiruna to produce an hour-long film for Japanese TV.
“We were incredibly lucky! Their final night along the Torne River offered some of the most beautiful auroras I’ve seen this past autumn and under a few hours I captured an amazing 7 000 images for their film”, says Peter. He will be the main person in the film, as northern lights expert and photographer. The film was broadcast 18:th of December for a viewing audience of about ten million. About the same time there will be a direct flight from Tokyo landing in Kiruna just before Christmas with Japanese tourists.

Peter Rosén has just released his first film about the Aurora that you are welcome to see on Vimeo The images are taken during the past three years in Abisko and Swedish Lapland. Now I will continue working on a longer film that is expected to be launched next winter.

Aurora Borealis – the Spirit of Swedish Lapland from LapplandMedia – by Peter Rosén on Vimeo.

Peter Rosén has really felt the effects of the increasing number of tourists. Last year he had guests from 18 different nations on his Aurora borealis photography courses in Abisko and this winter he has even more reservations. He will be hiring two professional photographers to meet the popular demand for his eventing courses for visitors in Abisko.