An arctic wedding anyone?

Unusual wedding destinations are always a hot topic. As you read this, I’m on my way to the arctic to try to see the Northern Lights. I can’t help but imagine how magical it would be to have a wedding with the aurora borealislighting the sky. We can certainly file that under unique venues!

Locations for viewing the lights range from Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Finland and my destination: Norway.

Why would anyone want to do this? The peace, quiet and beauty found in the arctic might be the perfect setting for a certain couple. There are plenty of skiing opportunities as well, along with huskies and reindeer and learning about indigenous cultures.  You might be inspired by this natural stunning phenomenon, and maybe you just love winter, snow, and the outdoor activities that go with that. There’s plenty of hot chocolate by the bonfiretype stuff to do. And very important to many couples – you may find it romantic and cozy.

It’s not as cold as you might think. And as I have learned, having family in Norway, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

Even here in the Poconos I get inquiries about outdoor weddings in the winter. I’m game if you are. It’s just as the Norwegians say – it’s all about dressing correctly. I recently discussed this with a bride and we were thrilled to discover the Ugg makes white boots.

You may not have to go out of the country, because the lights can sometimes be viewed in Maine, Michigan and other state-side locals. But wherever you are going to see this spectacle of nature, there is never a guarantee you will see them.

The technical explanation of how this show in the sky happens is that charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere that causes the electrons in those atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release photons, aka: light. I’m not sure I completely understand, but sure hope I get to see it. Getting a look at the phenomena depends on clear skies. Wish me luck.

There are many ‘normal’ places to stay, nice hotels, in cities within the arctic. I’m going toTromsø– and they have beautiful Radisson and Clarion hotels, both right by the fjord with awesome views. It’s a small city with everything any other city would have.  And there is a beautiful historic cathedral (Tromsdalen Church)right in the town itself.

A little further out, you can find more exotic spots. There is the famous Ice Hotel in Sweden (not far from Norway) that would be an ideal venue for a wedding, or the Alta Igloo Hotel in Norway said to be the northernmost ice hotel in the world. They have their own ice chapel.

Another way to enjoy the arctic is in the summer, when its light all the time, but you won’t see the aurora borealis.

If you travel out of the country, always remember to check the laws for obtaining a marriage license in a foreign country and check in your state to be sure the marriage will be recognized. It most likely will, but its best to do your homework.

I’ll let your know if I see those lights and if they are as magical as I imagine.An arctic wedding anyone?

 

 

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