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There’s not much to Inari, Finland, except a lake, a few hotels and the chance to see the northern lights.

And that’s how we find ourselves lying atop frozen Lake Inari, staring up at the sky in -27 degree weather. I’m wearing 2 layers of Uniqlo heattech pants plus snow pants, a heattech shirt, wool sweater and goose down jacket, along with furry Russian style hat, a mask to cover the rest of my face, 2 pairs of socks and insulated winter boots.

It’s not enough.

Within 20 minutes, I start to feel the cold creeping through all my protective layers, whispering at my skin, like a ghost. I ignore it. I’m here to see the northern lights, dammit, and see them I will.

We walk as far to the other side of the lake as we can, in an attempt to get away from the hotel lights that pollute the otherwise dark sky. It helps a little bit, but I start to get freaked out by the total silence. This is when I realize that I’m a city girl at heart, not cut out for the wilderness at all. All this darkness definitely has my mind playing tricks on me. Is that a wild animal I hear in the woods? Are those shotguns I hear in the distance? or is it the sound of the ice cracking beneath our feet?

I pull Agri closer to the hotel lights. Back towards civilization.

A faint glow

A faint glow

It turns out that the light pollution actually doesn’t matter that much. Because when I next look up at the sky, a faint green glow is moving across the sky. Could it be…?

It is. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I really wish I was a better photographer!)

Did you know you that Sweden also has a Lapland? Learn how to see the northern lights from Kiruna, Sweden in this super-informative post.

Where to stay in Lake Inari

We stayed at the Tradition Hotel Kultahovi. For 96 euros, we were given a cottage-y feeling room with twin beds, free wifi and breakfast. The hotel was adequate, the staff was lovely and they had a chilled out bar area with fireplace, complete with cameras pointed at the sky.

If I were to visit again, I might be inclined to stay at the Hotel Inari, which is located directly on Lake Inari.

Yes, the Tradition Hotel was walking distance to the lake, but it wasn’t THAT close, and in -27 degree weather, it would’ve been ideal to be able to take breaks to warm up. As it was, once we made the trek back to our hotel, we couldn’t face the thought of bundling up and heading out again.

Though it wasn’t all we expected, it’s a good thing we saw the aurora on our first attempt.

What no one wants to tell you about the Northern Lights in our next post…

Comments:

  • April 11, 2014

    Do you own all those winter clothes, or did you rent them? Clothing – or rather lack of – is one of the main reasons I daren’t venture anywhere really cold.

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    • April 13, 2014

      Yeah, we owned almost everything already. Korean winters can be pretty brutal with the Siberian winds! I just had to pick up a pair of boots, but it was easily done here for about $30 with end of season sales. We were the same though…the whole cold weather gear part of things always deters us from traveling to winter destinations. I’d always rather the beach anyways. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Sha

    April 11, 2014

    This have been on my bucket list for the longest time ever….I will make sure I get there for this…someday….haha…:)

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    • April 13, 2014

      It does seem to one of those items that’s on everyone’s bucket list. We always said we’d get there someday, and we did, so I’m sure you’ll make it happen for yourself too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Sha

        April 13, 2014

        Haha, yes it does seem to be so. The funniest thing is that I wanted to go because a book I was reading had this in one of the scenes and then I realised everyone has already been including this in their to see list since like way before me! Haha but yes, definitely will make it there…:)

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  • April 11, 2014

    I really want to venture this far north but yeah, too far and too cold right now! Maybe someday. Thanks for the awesome pictures in the meantime!

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    • April 13, 2014

      It was definitely cold that day! but actually I wish it’d stayed colder for longer. It would’ve given us a greater chance of seeing the lights again, but it got disturbingly warm after that, and even rained one day!

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  • April 12, 2014

    Is that -27 Fahrenheit or Celsius? Either way, not exactly comfortable! But the photographs are unreal, so perhaps it was worth it, looking back? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • April 13, 2014

      -27 Celsius. Very, very cold. My breath was turning into icicles on my face mask!! Hmm, worth it? Honestly I am not sure. I’m writing about it for my next post, but the photos are much more dramatic than what you actually see unfortunately. ๐Ÿ™

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  • April 12, 2014

    absolutely amazing!

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  • April 12, 2014

    Reblogged this on Something to Ponder About and commented:
    An amazing experience. The Northern Lights.
    Truly something I want to ponder some more about.

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    • April 13, 2014

      Thanks for the reblog! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yes, the lights are definitely one of those things that captures the human imagination!

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  • April 12, 2014

    Ahhhhhh!!! The post we had been waiting for!! You saw them!!!!! Soooo pretty and we SO wish we get to do this one day! Not the biggest fan of cold weather but think we can look past it for this experience ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • April 13, 2014

      Lol. Yes, finally!! I have no doubt that one day you guys will be standing under the northern lights! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • April 12, 2014

    A big thank you to Amanda from Something to ponder about who brought me here! Great post!
    Love, Dina

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  • April 12, 2014

    They are a beautiful sight, aren’t they?

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  • April 13, 2014

    OH I am so jealous. How fabulous is this!

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    • April 13, 2014

      It was pretty fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚ I only wish I’d been able to take better pictures, but my camera battery kept freezing! I had to keep warming it up in my pocket.

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  • April 18, 2014

    Nice to travel vicariously with you to the frozen north. I’m sure my blood is way too thin these days, to ever endure the trek myself. I think the icy temperatures and the total silence would really get to me. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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    • April 21, 2014

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the travels. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lol…I started to go a bit mad from the the total peace and silence after a while for sure…

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  • May 7, 2014

    Again, this is beautiful! Only if it is cheap to go to that side of the world….

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    • May 8, 2014

      If only, is right!! It was really one of the most expensive places I’ve ever been. All I can say is they sure must make a lot of money over there… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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