Northern Lights Tour

My mom and stepdad visited us in Sweden for Christmas and New Years and I tried to take them on some truly Swedish adventures. One of those adventures was a Northern Lights wandering out in the arctic wilds near Kiruna.

I had to ask Linn (@booksnknitting) how to take pictures of northern lights and she talked me through setting up my camera with screenshots to help.

We went out with Britt from Guide in North and it was amazing! She met up with us and provided a bunch of winter clothes. After we suited up, we drove out of the city and into the dark. Already there were some waves of northern lights in the sky. And then we got into the sleighs behind scooters and went out onto a frozen river, farther out into the country.

The lights were amazing but I was even more blown away but just how many stars we could see. Britt even pointed out mars, winking red at us.

We saw a few moose, who stopped to stare back at us for a while. I did not get a picture of them. I happen to be weirded out by moose–they absolutely give me the heebie jeebies BUT my mom and Papa Pat got a kick out it.

Just when we were freezing our toes off, the tour continued up to a little cabin where we got to warm up by the fire, eat some food, drink some tea, and even have a bit of cake.

The lights were incredible, moving from one side of the sky overhead and to the other. It seemed like as soon as you marveled in one direction someone was pointing out the lights in another.

I don’t think Phong and I would ever have done anything like this if we weren’t entertaining guests.

If you find yourself in Kiruna and have any interest in going out to see the lights or look at moose or go fishing, I can’t recommend Guide in North enough. Britt and her husband were absolutely amazing and we had an evening we’ll never forget.

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A walk through London

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I got to spend a few days in May in London with my Linn. We had a great time! We arrived on a Wednesday and left on a Sunday morning (unreasonably early).

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We dedicated a morning to a walk along the Thames in order to get a look at some of the classic sights. We, of course, started with lattes.

Note to other tourists: London has a surprising lack of trashcans. Prepare to carry that cup forever.

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Buckingham Palace! It was my first time in London (in England really) so we had to walk by and get a look. I was mostly impressed with the gate.

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Look at that thing! That is one impressive gate. I do love gilded things.

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And there was a unicorn! Several, actually.

walkf2The Victoria Memorial fountain was beautiful! We spent a bit of time just circling it and taking pictures.

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You’ll notice we’ll be wearing sunglasses in most of the pictures. We had incredible luck with the weather. On the last day we were out and about there were even warning on the subway to instruct people feeling unwell from the heat to get help at the stations.

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We started our walk around 8 so I think we missed the larger wave of tourists. In our experience, people in London were really nice and very helpful.

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You’ll come to notice that I have a thing for statues. It may even rival my chandelier obsession.

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Linn had an impressive map, without which we would have been doomed. The subway system was amazing and super easy. If you did happen to get confused, there’s staff at the entrances to help you out. London was incredibly tourist friendly. I suppose it makes sense considering how many tourists go there every year.

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Big Ben. Seen it. Check!

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Took a bunch of pictures with Big Ben. Check!

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Didn’t know that seeing a crowned lamppost was on my list of things to see in life, but it definitely was. CHECK!

 

More posts from our trip to come, including: Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Tourist Tips, Food Adventures, Shopping Adventures and Afternoon tea at the Orangery.

And, as always, all pictures of me (or me and Linn) were taken by Linn.

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