When I was young, one of the top things on my list of ‘Things to do before I die’ was to see the Northern Lights. I had heard of its beauty, seen its gorgeous colours on postcards, witnessed snapshots in documentaries but never really followed through on my aim in life, which I was so adamant about when I was twelve.

I always thought they were a rare sight and one would be lucky to see the spectacle, however it turns out they can be seen up to 200 times a year in Northern Finland!

Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten around to seeing the ‘Aurora Borealis’ (the name ancient people gave the sight), and being in Australia gives me a bit of a distance/travel problem at the moment, but I found something that enables me to see what I’m missing out on and remind me of that pact I made to myself all those years ago. Visit Finland has provided a stunning selection of northern lights from the winter of 2011 in Finland filmed with DSLR cameras with timelapse techniques to advertise their country’s sky show, and what’s that? You can spend the night in an igloo too?? Sounds like the ultimate experience: to sleep under the skies in an authentic ice room with that sight just outside your door.

All images via Flatlight

From November, three months of mid-winter have no sun allowing the lights to paint the skies clearly at night. Flatlight Films captured it beautifully. I’m sure it has a perfectly reasonable scientific explanation, but lets not spoil it with facts and calculations… it’s magic, right?