Wow: Northern lights illuminate Lapland sky

Wow: Northern lights illuminate Lapland sky

Colourful lights danced across the sky in striking aurora displays over northern Finland early on Friday.

Travel magazine ‘All About Lapland’ posted a video on social media of the impressive light show seen from Pallas, in the Muonio region.

Editor Alexander Kuznetsov said he had driven 500 kilometres to find clear skies to film the Northern Lights and that he had rarely seen anything on this scale.

The Northern Lights are a result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

A strong geomagnetic storm was behind this week’s particularly stunning show.

Early autumn is a good time to enjoy northern lights. The phenomenon is known as aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights, in the northern hemisphere and as aurora australis, or the Southern Lights, in the southern hemisphere.