Space Aurora Borealis (northern light) in Swedish Lapland

LapplandMedia & PhotoAdventure (Peter Rosén), Abisko will help you with your Aurora Photo Adventure of a lifetime!

14 years ago I moved to Abisko and fell in love with the northern lights. In 2001 I produced my first film about the northern lights and here comes my second one. I hope you enjoy it. If this inspires you and sparks an interest to photograph the dancing queen of the Lapland sky, we warmly welcome you to take part in my Aurora Photo Courses in Abisko National Park, my own back yard. All images are taken in Abisko, Kiruna and Swedish Lapland during the past 3 years. We extend a warm thanks to NASA for sharing some sequences from space! Please share the film among your friends!

Please visit my Facebook site or web page for more info:

Almost all images are taken in locations we visit during our Aurora Photo Courses in Abisko National Park, Aurora Sky Station and in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland.

For this video I have taken about one hundred thousand images using Canon 1 DX, Mark IIIDS, 2 Mark III and a 550D camera. Although it is possible to film the Aurora in real time video today, I have chosen to only use still images in this video to improve image quality and the dynamic range. My ambition is however to show the Aurora as close to real time as possible. My favorite lenses for Aurora images are 16-35:2.8, 24:1.4 and 15:2.8. For panning and motion control I have used Ditogear Omnislider and Omnicontroller and I'm very happy with their equipment.

So what is the Aurora? Understanding how Aurora Borealis is created takes you on a journey into space, all the way to the sun. It is here the first half of the story starts. The sun ejects a steady stream of high-energy particles. The amount of particles increases from time to time, that which we call solar storms.

The other half of the phenomena is hosted by Earth itself, its atmosphere and magnetosphere. The atmosphere contains a variety of particles and molecules, mostly nitrogen and oxygen. The magnetosphere is generated by the Earth's iron core, like a large magnet. The plus pole and minus pole create magnetic field lines, dipping down in oval formations around the north and south poles. 

When the charged particles from the sun surge towards Earth, they can become captured in the magnetic field lines and are pulled downwards towards the poles. On their way down, they collide with the particles in the atmosphere. The transfer of energy from solar particles to atmospheric particles results in the breathtaking light show of the aurora.

Welcome to Abisko National Park and Swedish Lapland! Maybe I'll see you at the foot of the mountain sometime soon ...