Omniscient | Encapsulating, the night sky lends us an obscure perspective of an advancing and peculiar world. Revealing its nocturnal beauty to a silent crowd of spectators. However, some not only stare, but with great skill record these moments searching to capture and uncover its endless mysteries. Producing a tangible interpretation of our sky and revealing how we perceive and relate to the natural environment. Stars were like compass points for ancient navigators and their celestial knowledge has been passed down to modern adventurers. In vast and distant locations from urban life, where stars flicker brightly in a piercing midnight-blue sky that brings imaginative and ancient realms closer to earth; astro-tourism is on the rise.
We must look up to the sky to understand our infinitesimal place in a grand universe, seeking answers to questions we have long asked. These skies are more than just a visual spectacle, they are a sea of discovery and knowledge. Life has been regarded by many as the means by which a universe seeks to understand itself. As light pollution accelerates by cause of our urban lifestyles, we risk destroying the natural life cycle that all living things depend on. The dark night sky is an essential part of both animal and human life cycles. Engaging the production of melatonin fundamental to sleeping cellular recovery; protecting migratory patterns of animals, and supporting nocturnal species.
Ceasing moments from the past locked in the vault of time, it is the closest you will ever get to time travel. Astronomy is an activity available to anyone. Though light pollutions infamous 'sulphuric stain' means those in towns and cities have restricted views, many spend take time to explore more remote parts - and are being struck by a star-studded sky. There is something so esoteric and artistic about it, like observing a piece of art or listening to a symphony. It’s anachronistic story being told without any hint of time or real geographical location. Current observations may actually be an archive of something that no longer exists. Alternatively it could be a model of something that will be built. This undetermined beauty brings Einstein's general theory of relativity to life.
“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious,
it is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle
of true art and true science.”
- Albert Einstein
The dark sky is a valuable asset when summoning a stargazing location, but it isn’t the only one. Stars alone cannot care for all the travellers' necessities on a long expedition. Stargazers usually need a food source, water, a bed, camping ground, toilet facilities, and possibly a place to charge camera gear. For this reason, national parks, with their established visitor facilities, are starting to make a virtue of their own dark skies. Luxury expeditions and resorts have been built for the purpose of stargazing alone, a relatively new enterprise based around an ancient virtue. With sky being a common denominator, eccentric locations exist across the globe in Chile, Alaska, the Australian outback and Finland, to name but a few. Soon enough this ‘activity specific’ expedition to visit the dark night sky will be as common as the trips regularly taken for golfing or fishing. Catching a glimpse of a rare celestial event is both a dream and a challenge for many who chase the dynamic beauty of a truly dark sky. Continue reading for our featured pick →
| KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT |
Situated on the northern tip of Europe's isolated and severe Finland landscape since 1974, the Kakslaauttanen Arctic Resort is a shining illustration of astro-tourism at its best. Wilderness and auroras surround a grid of architecturally dynamic glass Igloo’s where guests sleep beneath a stunning star pricked sky. The foundation of this remote world is of glass, snow and sky, making it the quintessential travel location for adventuresome stargazers.
Timing is pivotal, it is the long and enchanting winters that bring to life the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere. Kakslauttanen is one of the best places in the world to see natures most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis. When the darkness settles the iridescent glow of the Northern Lights navigate overhead as if they seeped through fissures in our atmosphere. The Polar Night can be experienced through December and early January, when the sun hides below the horizon for 6 dark weeks. The iconic Glass Igloos and Kelo-Glass Igloos provide the best possible viewing experience from the comfort of your own bed.
watch video of the full winter experience
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Kiilopääntie 9, 99830 Saariselkä, Finland
Closest Airport: IVL | Open June - April