The snow also softens any exterior noise so you can truly ‘hear’ the silence, soaking in the unending wilderness and hearing only the soft crunch of snow underfoot.
During my stay I strapped on snowshoes and made my way to the frozen lake, which in the pitch black arctic night, provided the perfect platform to view the panoramic scenery of my surroundings in the moonlight.
Of course the highlight is looking up into the dark arctic sky which goes on forever. I have been lucky enough to travel out to Kruger National Park in South Africa and in the middle of the desert the sky and star scenery was the best I have ever witnessed in my life, but I do think that here, at the other end of the world, in a tiny village in North East Finland, the night sky ran a very close second. Even more so when I saw the faintest steak of green in the sky from the Northern Lights – this slowly began to billow and brighten as the Lights grew brighter and danced across the sky. An unforgettable experience!
Nellim to me is the perfect place to really appreciate not only the vastness of nature, but also the wonderful sense of escapism that it exudes from the second you step outside.