You've probably never heard of Kätkätunturi.
Completely remote, it's an area north of Finland's Arctic Circle in a region called Lapland. While the name might seem unpronounceable, add it to your bucket list because these sights have to be seen to be believed.
When we first found this photo on Instagram, the silky snow, Dr. Seuss-like trees, and fearless starry night hike had our heart eye emojis in knots. For anyone who wants to witness the Aurora Borealis, this is one of the best spots in the world to see them. Just like any other natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights never quite produce the same effect. Sometimes you'll witness brilliant greens and blues, other nights purples, yellows or oranges.
How to Get There
Book a cottage, hotel, B&B or igloo in the tiny town of Levi. Once there, you can hike, snowmobile, cross country ski, downhill ski, snowboard and ice skate. Oh, and it's a great spot to rest your head after a night of exploring, hoping the Northern Lights put on a show.
What to Do
The average temperature is 19 degrees, but don't let the cold stop you from exploring. Some of our favorite activities include horseback riding on the famed Icelandic mini horses and dog sledding through the quiet forests. Embark on a snowmobile safari at dusk through the snow covered Lapland forests. The 15-mile ride includes hot beverages, tripods for your cameras and the chance to see the lights in the backcountry. Sounds like the best snowmobile trip we've heard of.
If you go, make sure to tag your photos #iExplore on Instagram so we can share them!