So here we are in Abisko! A beautiful pristine lodge pretty much in the middle of nowhere 🙂 My kind of place! After a pretty uneventful arrival and rental car pickup we had a lovely drive from Kiruna airport to the Abisko Mountain Lodge. The weather wasn’t too promising on arrival, pretty much clouded over with little snippets of blue skies here and there. The lodge is lovely though! Relly warm welcome, coffee and tea and a warm fireplace in the lounge area. The first night was just about relaxing and getting settled in, little did I know we were in for a big surprise come dinner time. The food is absolutely out of this world! The chefs in this place must be professionally trained I had the best soup I’ve ever had, as well as a delicious vegetarian main and berry parfait. I’m in food heaven! Actually getting excited that dinner time is in a few hours!
Day two was a fantastic day! We started exploring the area, taking pictures, relishing the amazing vistas and fresh arctic air, even spotted some people walking along the lake a few kilometres down! So that’ll be on the itinerary for this week sometime 🙂 has to be done must be amazing standing on such a vast expanse of water…
After another gobsmackingly amazing dinner of mushroom soup and some sort of vegetarian cous cous / falafel main (I really haven’t done the meal justice there, tastes were amazing) it was time to start crossing our fingers for some auroras! We were getting snippets of clear skies, then larger patches of clear skies, and with some encouraging ACE solar data readings we were anticipating some minor activity around 10pm, with a little patience and a lot of checking readings back and forth, we were rewarded with a pretty decent, albeit short, aurora borealis display that began with a faint band of light from North to South across the sky, and then snapped back north slowly in a wonderful display complete with dancing and some magenta 🙂 Although short lived, it was exactly the type of activity I wanted to see again and I am so happy!!!
If were lucky enough to see any higher levels of activity, or a repeat of last night, then that would be fantastic. otherwise I already leave this place a very happy woman with some decent shots to boot 🙂
So on the agenda for this week, snowshoeing, more lurrrvely pics and some snowboarding lessons which should be pretty eventful and painful!