The Northern Light Academy group 2012

Within science tourism, the space phenomenon of aurora borealis is a major reason for visitors travelling to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. Northern light products are today widely produced and offered across the region. Visitors of today have however a broader access to information about the aurora borealis which opens more and new questions than before. This brings higher demands to the tourism business and staff within.

Spaceport Sweden aims therefore to support a higher quality and competence on the destination by offering entrepreneurs and their staff educational lectures and further training in the wide subject of Aurora Borealis. This is offered for experienced as well as new staff. The events also aim to provide further inspiration to development of experiences and products for future visitors and networks within the industry in Kiruna in Swedish Lapland.

The seminar will be held on November the 25th at the ICEHOTEL, major lecture Professor Tomas Karlsson, who is a senior lecture in the Department of Space- and Plasma Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm. For Spaceport Sweden and KTH, Department of Space- and Plasma Physics, this is the first step in a long-term cooperation for further development. 

Chad Blakley, owner of Lights over Lapland in Abisko will share his experience of northern lights photography. His work involving the aurora borealis as a core product and his experience of seeing Swedish Lapland from a non-Swedish perpsective will be the theme of his contribution. 

Spaceport Sweden will give a introduction to space- and science tourism and Rick McGregor from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics will share the institute´s research and work with a focus on the aurora borealis.

An exciting day awaits and if you are interested to find out more about the Northern Light Academy and/or book this seminar, do not hesitate to contact [email protected] or call at +46 (0)980 80 880.