Finland’s northern lights become YouTube hit

Northern Lights in Sodankylä, Finland on October 23.  Image: Visit FinlandThe Finnish Tourist Board says its videos of Finland’s northern lights (aurora borealis) have been watched over a million times on YouTube over the past two weeks.

“We’re really pleased by the success of these videos,” says the organisation’s director general, Jakko Lehtonen, who points out that Norway has attempted to brand northern lights as its own national phenomenon.

The elusive, beautiful northern lights are most likely spotted in the fells of Finland’s Far North.

The Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, in Finland’s Far North, studies northern lights, forecasting where the colourful streaks are best seen.

“While the likelihood of spotting northern lights is greater on Norway’s northern coast than in central Lapland, it’s often cloudier and rainier on the coast,” says geophysicist Tero Raita of Oulu University, in Finland’s northwest.

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