Kiruna

Chasing the Aurora Borealis

After a futile attempt to catch the Northern Lights in Iceland, I decided to head over to Lapland in Sweden to get a glimpse of the auroras! And boy, was I rewarded with the prettiest of lights! I’m so glad I got lucky this time, seeing it on my 2nd and 3rd night, and hopefully on my final night today too!

On the 2nd night, it was amazing because we decided to head out to the middle of the frozen lake to stargaze with our reindeer hide. We didn’t think the auroras would appear so quickly because the forecast said that it would appear at like 10 or 11 pm. However, we actually saw the aurora form, from a mere lining of green to a sky awash with colors. We probably sat on the lake for a good two hours, just admiring and taking in the beauty of the aurora. At first we thought we were hallucinating (wanting to see it so much that maybe our eyes were playing tricks on us), but then we all started seeing the same thing at the same spot, and we knew that we struck gold and started screaming HAHA.

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The whole sky was illuminated with the lights, and stretched across the entire horizon of the sky. It was constantly moving, taking on different shapes and I simply felt so, so lucky to be able to see it, within the comfort of our campsite. There we were, just lying down on the ice, gazing up at the sky. The feeling’s indescribable.

On the 3rd night, we saw it at the Abisko National Park, where the scenery was different because we had trees as the backdrop for our pictures. Even though we had a limited time at the park, we managed to take really good pictures! When we were on the way back, the northern lights were so strong, we could literally see them dancing, alternating between green and red. It must have been like a strength of 5 or something.

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This trip has been super fulfilling for me because I finally managed to tick the northern lights off my #bucketlist! And the weather in Kiruna/Sweden has been really beautiful as well. Clear skies and sunlight, what more could I ask for.

Tonight i’m heading up to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko so I really hope I get to see a beautiful light display! They say the third time’s the charm isn’t it 😉

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Malmö

Day Trip to Malmo

Studying in Copenhagen, taking a day trip to Malmo was just one of those things that you had to do. Why? Not that it was a particularly exciting or vibrant city, but because it’s a mere 30 minutes train ride away from Copenhagen! So early in the morning at 9am, we boarded the train from the Central Station and headed off to Malmo! All for a mere 142 kr as well! ($30 SGD)

We managed to cover nearly all of the main attractions in Malmo! Get ready for a barrage of photos!!

My tips for travelling to Malmo would be to bring a good windbreaker along, the winds were mighty strong and made walking pretty tough! And, take a bus to Turning Torso because it is pretty far out from the main city.

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St Peter’s Church

Super pretty interiors!

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Möllevångstorget

Lunch at a neighbourhood called Mollan. The most popular eating place is near the Central Station, at Lilla Torg, but students being students on a shoestring budget, we headed to the cheaper neighbourhood instead! It kind of reminded me of Norrebrø over here, with many immigrants, and having a good mix of ethnic restaurants, turkish, greek, middle eastern, chinese. We opted for a Swedish option but the food was so-so.

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Malmö Konsthall

A free museum, with a really artsy and contemporary vibe!

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Western Harbour, right beside the Turning Torso

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Stapelbäddsparken (A skateboard park right beside the Turning Torso)

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Turning Torso

This is the landmark of Malmo and what Malmo is most commonly associated with! 190 stories high, quite a sight to behold indeed.

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Lilla Torg

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Chocolate Factory

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The City Library

Ranked as one of the 1001 libraries to visit before you die, it is really a huge library, filled with Scandinavian design, very clean, white and simple.

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Malmöhus Castle

Unfortunately, by the time we reached the castle, the musesum and castle was already closed! We also didn’t have the time to check out Moderna Museet, which is a modern art museum that seemed really interesting!

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Kiruna

Kiruna at the drop of a hat

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True to the spirit of exchange, we decided to book a trip to Kiruna, Sweden at the drop of a hat! We were discussing our travel plans and then felt kind of sore that we were unable to see the Northern Lights in Iceland. And suddenly, we decided, okay, we’re heading to Lapland! Just like that.

It was a crazy, mad rush since everything was decided so last minute. It’s like one moment we’re talking about the Northern Lights, and the next moment, off we go!

Luckily, one of my friends went to Kiruna before, and his strong recommendation really convinced me that I shouldn’t be missing this trip. And thanks to his advice, we knew which tour operators to book and what to do! I swear, we were scrambling to book transport; accommodation and activities, not something that I would like to do all the time haha.

Really looking forward to husky sledding, snowmobiling, going to the ice hotel, finding some reindeers, and of course, see the Northern Lights though!

I love how spontaneous and YOLO this trip was and please please please, let us be well rewarded. Let me tick the Northern Lights off my bucket list please!

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