For the first time, the breathtaking natural phenomenon - the result of a collision of high energy particles from the sun and present atoms, which release protons in the form of light back down into the earth's atmosphere - will be viewed from the comfort of luxury lakeside huts in northern Sweden. Traditionally used by ice fisherman in winter, the huts are mobile so they can be moved to the best viewing location around - and even on - the lake.
"Because the huts are isolated from any light pollution on the frozen lake, you get perfect conditions to experience the Aurora Borealis," says Jonny Cooper, Northern Lights expert and director of Off the Map Travel, which has set up the lakeside Aurora Village. Lake Badsjön, which is nestled between mountains surrounding the famous Northern Lights region of Björkliden and Abisko, is one of the more perfect viewing stations for the phenomenon, offering uninterrupted views and relatively close to civilisation.
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The Aurora Village opens this December once the lake has completely frozen over. Packages include four nights' accommodation (one night in the huts; three in a four-star hotel), dogsledding, snow-mobiling and hot breakfast delivered to the huts. Keen for a one-of-a-kind white Christmas? For more info visit ILoveNorthernLights.com.