Finland-the unlucky Arctic fox
In Finland, it is believed that a curious Arctic Fox came too close to the fire setting itself alight. In shock and anguish, the fox began to dash off in a desperate attempt to extinguish the burning tail. Ever since a trail of light has been haunting the restless fox. One day, so the legend predicts, someone will rescue the fox and the light will then disappear from the skies.
Sami people-the souls of the ancient
With the exception of the fishing trips, Sami people generally avoid going out when the Northern Lights emerge. It is believed that ancestral souls might suck the poor soul into the skies, when the spirits felt mocked or disrespected. Even a whistle at the Northern Lights could dismay the deceased ancestors.
Norway-the call of the salmon
In coastal Norway, the salmon has been inspiring the legends around the Northern Lights. The Norwegian Sami people believe the dancing, curtain-shaped lights imitate the swimming movements of the salmon. According to custom, the Aurora can predict the salmon’s movement patterns. Hoping for good fortune on their fishing trips, the Sami turned to the sea for a great catch during Northern Lights activity.
Canada's Inuit people-way markers for warriors
The Canadian Inuit community view the Northern Lights in a similarly sombre manner. To protect themselves against evil spirits, some of the Inuits in North America carry knives during Aurora activity. Similar to the Sami, they believe that demons from the past are searching for vulnerable souls. The lights they see are spilled from the lanterns they carry. Other communities assign a more positive meaning to the lights. They believe that warriors who lost their lives in battle use the lights as way markers to the afterlife.