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FISHING

IN PICTURES: Ice fishing in Swedish Lapland

Photographer Grahame Soden was on hand to capture the annual ice fishing competition in Lycksele, Swedish Lapland on March 11th.

IN PICTURES: Ice fishing in Swedish Lapland
A man drills through the thick ice in Lycksele. Photo: Grahame Soden

Competitors battled it out for a 10,000 kronor ($1,200) prize on the ice, waiting patiently to try and nab the best catch.

Ice fishing, once a necessity in the winter time for those who wanted to survive colder climes, involves drilling an opening in a frozen body of water then dropping bait through a hook attached to a rod or hand line.

READ ALSO: This enormous catch broke an ice fishing record in Lapland

Breaking through the ice itself is no simple task, and these days there are powered ice-borers to help in that process, though some purists still choose to use the old-fashioned manual form.

IN IMAGES: The best pictures from the day fishing on the ice in northern Sweden

Click here for more of Grahame Soden's images from northern Sweden

NORTHERN LIGHTS

IN PICTURES: Spectacular light display in skies above northern Sweden

Aurora-gazers in the far north of Sweden were treated to a truly incredible sight on the early hours of Saturday morning.

IN PICTURES: Spectacular light display in skies above northern Sweden
The lights created by the rockets resembled a bright blue rain cloud. All photos: Lights over Lapland

The bright blue bursts resembled a rain cloud, which was visible roughly between 12.24am and 1.04am in the Abisko National Park, and the display was caused by two rockets.

“The lights turned out to be a pair of rockets that were launched into space to research the Northern Lights,” explained photographer and guide Chad Blakley, from the Lights over Lapland tour company, who shared the sequence of images with The Local.

“The name of the sounding rocket mission is AZURE — short for Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment. Its goal is to measure winds and currents in the ionosphere, an electrically-charged layer of the Earth's atmosphere where auroras appear,” explained Blakley.


All photos: Lights over Lapland

They did this by releasing two chemical tracers which created the colourful clouds — without posing any hazard to local residents. 

“It looks like the Space Invaders game I played as a kid,” said one Facebook commenter, while another compared the blue lights to jellyfish.

GUIDE: How to take the best pictures of Scandinavia's northern lights

 

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