Okay, yes, you read that right. You can experience Northern Lights in Russia as well! Now, I’m sure all of us geographically could relate as Northern Lights are known to appear in the most freezing areas and Russia is freezing as it gets but I bet none of you knew of this magical town called Murmansk, which is the perfect place to spot some Northern Lights!
Now, you’re wondering, okay cool, Russia has Northern Lights! But why pick Murmansk over Norway or Iceland? One word – cheap! Yes, for Indian travelers, Murmansk comes at a much cheaper cost than Iceland or Norway. Especially when it is a curated trip with the best options for stay and food and the best experiences handcrafted just for you. Exactly how Ikigai does it.
So, let me take you on a short virtual trip to Murmansk, and I promise you by the end, you will book your trip to Russia in a jiffy!
Murmansk is the world’s biggest Arctic city, but a tiny one compared to other Russian cities! And it’s here where in the middle of the winters, the Northern Lights, over a snow-covered white landscape, are an eerily breathtaking sight!
Imagine landing on a runway covered with snow, stepping out of your plane at being greeted with snowfall, and the absolute beauty of being in the largest arctic town of Arctic Circle! Trust us, it is nothing short of magical. I can already imagine Elsa going all Let It Go here! You need a minimum of 3, the recommended number of 4 nights to truly enjoy the Aurora Borealis (northern lights). Murmansk city in itself is a wonder to explore, with cobbled streets and an old-world charm but its the Lady Aurora that you’re really here for!
Aurora Hunting usually happens in the late hours of the night, when the light pollution is at its least! The thrill of being in sub-zero temperatures and keeping a keen eye out for those dancing lights in the sky is totally unmatched!
However, once you tick off Northern Lights, there are tons to do in and around Murmansk! From husky farms to reindeer with red noses (not really! ;)) willing to greet you, to stay in an igloo hotel, Murmansk has it all, and Ikigai ensures you experience it all.
Northern Lights is one of nature’s most marvelous wonder and experiencing it is in each and everyone’s bucket list! So, its time to check it off your list and visit Murmansk – Russia’s city where the lights dance at midnight!