In December of 2013, a solar maximum
occured, which is the most active period of the current solar cycle. As a result of this maximum, the Northern Lights will be more visible in Lapland
over the next few Winters than compared to other years in the past. Already in August and September, the sky has lit up with dancing
auroras which could be seen from all different areas of Lapland and the far North. The first northern lights show was seen over Rovaniemi
already on the in August 2015.
But ever wondered what exactly are the northern lights? Where do they appear from? Well, here's a bit of an overview.
The phenomenon of the Northern Lights
is caused by the stress of solar wind
on the earth's magnetic field, which protects the earth from external electromagnetic interference. The field is at its weakest closer to the north and south poles, so the auroras can be seen either in the Nordic countries
(Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights), or in the southern hemisphere (Aurora Australis).