Travel Experts Create Virtual Tour Of Arctic Auroras

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Travel Experts Create Virtual Tour Of Arctic Auroras
May 5, 2020
Experience the aurora borealis seen in Northern Sweden.
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With much of the world currently on lockdown, one Arctic travel specialist has launched a series of virtual tours bringing this mesmerizing part of the world to people’s homes.

 

The specialist aurora photography company, Lights over Lapland, normally leads adventurous travelers on photography tours of Abisko National Park, Sweden, a vast expanse of spectacular landscape around 195 kilometers inside the Arctic Circle. This is a region where reindeer, moose, wolverine, lynx and Arctic fox roam birch and pine forest surrounded by the Abisko Alps and Lake Torneträsk. It’s also a prime location for witnessing, and photography, the northern lights.

 

To bring this extraordinary location into people’s homes, this Arctic travel specialist tasked some of Europe’s best photographers and virtual reality videographers from thejetlagged.com to create three virtual Arctic travel experiences.

Inside Sweden's famous Icehotel.
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“I had the realization about how incredible virtual reality is earlier this winter and we started a project that would give us the opportunity to show the world just how incredible Abisko National Park and all the great experiences on offer really are – even if the audience can’t physically visit Abisko for themselves,” says the founder of Lights over Lapland, Chad Blakely. “Little did we know how relevant and necessary this would be.”

 

Thanks to the creation of these videos, you can now travel to Northern Europe to visit the famous Icehotel, discover the Arctic wilderness, meet the local huskies and reindeers, dogsled and join a northern lights hunt, without even having to step outside.

Reindeer sledding in Swedish Lapland.
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“Our virtual adventure starts with a morning at the Icehotel followed by a journey northwest towards the Arctic birch forest,” explains Blakely. “After strolling through the birch trees, we lead you to the shore of Lake Torneträsk where you can take in all its scenic views before visiting a friend of mine who is a reindeer herder and riding in a sleigh behind one of his reindeer – just like he and his family have done for centuries. Finally, we will visit one of my favorite locations in all Abisko National Park: the Sami hut at the base of Mt. Noulja. After spending a few moments in this incredible structure, we will finally head outside and watch the Aurora dance overhead.”

 

A virtual tour might not match the real experience but the team behind this project believe it’s the next best thing.

See inside Swedish Lapland's Icehotel.
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“There is always debate about the future of travel,” Blakely adds, “however, the reality may be the only way that a majority of the world’s population would ever be able to experience this sort of a destination will be virtually. Whether travel is limited as it is today by a global crisis, or there are other financial or physical limitations, VR may well be a solution to enable more to experience this sort of beauty without ever pushing beyond their limitations and leaving their own home.”

 

While each virtual tour is best experienced with a VR headset, you can still get an impression of Abisko by watching the videos on your phone or laptop.

 

Begin your virtual tour by watching the video below, then discover the rest of the collection on Lights Over Lapland’s YouTube channel or over at lightsoverlapland.com, where there’s also an Aurora webcam.

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