Talk to anyone about their holiday bucket list and I bet they mention seeing the Northern Lights – I know it’s on my list.
So how about landing a dream job of being a watcher for the Northern Lights?
Yes, believe it or not, the job does exist. The Arctic SnowHotel in Finland is looking for someone to watch for the Aurora Borealis. The watcher’s main duty is to stay awake all night observing the sky. If the northern lights appear, the watcher wakes the hotel’s guests.
When the job was posted last year, more than 200 people applied – just two applicants were successful.
What skills do you need? Nothing specific, but a good grasp of English and the ability to spot the difference between a cloud and the Aurora.
The Arctic SnowHotel lies in the tiny village of Lehtojärvi, 27 kilometres from Rovaniemi. It was built for the first time in 2008, and has been built every winter season since then.
Construction work on the hotel starts in late October, when the ice blocks are lifted up from the nearby lake. The snow is made by multiple snow machines on the site. A great feature of the Arctic SnowHotel is the glass-roofed iglus, where guests can marvel the Aurora borealis from the comfort of a warm bed.
Sounds great, where do I apply?