Seeing the Northern Lights has always been a dream of mine, as it is for most people. When we initially decided to go to Finland, I was looking to go to the North of the island where the chances of seeing them are much higher but as explained here, we weren’t able to get to the North very easily and so decided to go to the West of the country instead. I was resigned to the fact that we weren’t going to see the Northern Lights this year so I put the thought to the back of my mind and was simply excited to explore the South West of Finland.
However, when we first arrived we checked the aurora forecast just in case, and noticed that the Kp prediction for one of the evenings was perfect for where we were. I crossed my fingers but didn’t build up my hopes as I knew that it could change very easily and if it was cloudy, the lights wouldn’t be visible anyway.
We wrapped up and ate our dinner by candlelight outside overlooking the lake but as it was still quite early, we went back in for a couple of hours and kept checking the forecast to see what the Kp level was. We needed a Kp level of 4-5 but when we saw that it had reached 3.6, we put on our scarves and coats and went outside on the off chance.
I am so glad that we did as there they were!
I couldn’t believe that we had actually seen the Northern Lights, it was such a magical and surreal experience and I feel extremely fortunate and grateful for it.
Sitting on the decking with the lake in front of me, the person I love by my side and the Northern Lights shining with a backdrop of a billion stars above me, I truly felt like the luckiest girl in the world.