Luleå, January 2017

Train yard, Luleå, Sweden January 2017, Ben Lee Photography

A perk of my day job is that I get to travel to different countries. It doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does I’m always thankful. In this case I was asked to attend a meeting in Luleå, Sweden. I’ve never been to Sweden before and heading that far north I was well aware that I was getting into Northern Light territory, so packing a camera was a must.

Unfortunately during my brief stay it was too cloudy and the solar winds weren’t particularly high, so I didn’t see any aurora activity. I was slightly more annoyed as I had just spent £40 on a travel tripod due to my main tripod being too big for my carry on suitcase; still at least it’s there for my next trip.

I had a little bit of time to explore the town and take a few pictures. During January it’s pretty cold (-15⁰C) and most of the time it’s dark so opportunities are limited. I found Luleå to be nice, it’s clean, everyone is really polite and they speak great English.

Here’s a link to a great site for checking current aurora activity.  Aurora Forecast.

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