Around me was utter silence even though dozens of people were above and below me. Nearby towering mountains were coated in snow. Unnerving and eerie in one sense yet utterly humbling.
The chairlift I was riding in had to be stopped for every single passenger to board so it pulled to a quick halt and left me suspended mid-air, sitting there for a minute or two taking in the massive ice-coated panorama that was Abisko. Riding up towards the sky station in the massive star-filled ink black night sky felt like an ascent into heaven. I was scared yet calm enveloped me.
Finally at the top, we fought off a hoard of travelers crowding out space, their eyes arched towards the sky looking for the very same thing we were there for. But Peter knew where to go. Like a kid seeking out his favorite hiding spot, he took us behind one of Mount Nuolja’s slopes to one of the best spots for photographing Northern Lights in all of Sweden.
And the lights were nothing short of spectacular. Vibrant green curtains that unraveled and unfolded across the crisp clear winter sky, swirling in every direction. We didn’t know where to turn.
From 9pm until past midnight, the lights danced across the sky. After awhile, we stopped taking photographs overwhelmed by the shimmering lights which we couldn’t keep up with.
We just stood in awe.
Peter Rosén runs 5-day Aurora and Sápmi courses with Nutti Sámi Siida which incorporates photographing parts of indigenous Sámi culture and reindeer sledding.