I have seen polar stratospheric clouds on and off for the last 6 years. I don't think I saw any last year, and earlier in December I saw one small one. But on the 30th of December I went to meet my guests in the morning and the storm clouds cleared and a behemoth PSC was visible above Laporten and stretching to above the Southern mountains of Abisko. I was taking two guests out on a landscape photography trip and we went to an area by the lake which allowed me to photograph the amazing clouds reflecting in some standing lake water on the ice.
I was busily preparing trails for our evening Nightly Aurora Tour when I noticed the beautiful display of PSCs in the southern portion of the sky above the Abisko mountains. I dropped what I was doing, grabbed my camera and quickly went to the closest location with a nice composition of the display. All and all it was a beautiful day and I was realised just how lucky I am to call Abisko National Park my office!
I had never seen a cloud like this before and realized it had to be something special! I grabbed my camera and ran outside to photograph the strange phenomenon - slowly swirling rainbow coloured clouds. It has definitely been a great year for sky observations for me in 2019, after Noctilucent clouds over central Europe in the Summer and northern lights in Sweden now this rare event in Abisko National Park.