Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen -www.nordnorge.com -Boe
One of the most increasing famous and popular nature phenomenon and attractions in Norway is without any doubt the amazing Northern Light.
Many people forget about the busy life, annoying noise and agreements. Here in the clean air, the time stands still. It is a soul-stirring experience to watch the sky come alive with the eerie glow of blue-green flickering lights. Therefore The Northern Lights in Norway is on many travellers’ bucket list.
The Northern Lights are born on the Sun. Electrically charged particles are catapulted off the surface of the Sun in the aftermath of powerful solar storms. Some of these particles travel towards Earth. When they reach the planet, they are conducted in the protective magnetic fields towards the magnetic North and South Poles. In a ring-shaped pattern around the magnetic poles, the particles encounter the upper layers of the atmosphere. In a process identical to the one that occurs inside a fluorescent light, energy is released as the light that we can observe from the Earth. Most Northern Lights “displays” take place at a height of around 100 km above the Earth’s surface.
You will find numerous of Arctic adventures for people who hope to observe the aurora borealis on their visit. The activities present a chance of catching the elusive lights while trying out an exotic pastime. Just to mention some of the dog sledging, snowmobiling, ice fishing, whale watching, cross-country skiing, photography courses and visiting an ice hotel. Another option is to go hunting for the lights on board Hurtigruten, the Norwegian coastal steamer that calls at 34 ports along the coast.
The Northern Lights belt stretches along the coast of Northern Norway from Lofoten to the North Cape. This means that Northern Norway is the perfect place to observe this natural phenomenon. In fact, the Northern Lights are more commonly seen here than anywhere else in the world. Svalbard (Spitsbergen) is a little farther from this belt, but here you can see the daytime Northern Lights in mid-winter.
The Aurora Borealis (northern lights) is best seen in very clear and dark winter nights. The lights are at their most frequent in late autumn and winter/early spring. Between the autumn equinox and spring equinox (21 September - 21 March), it is dark between 6 pm and 1 am, and you have maximum chances of spotting the lights. However, the weather is also of importance and September, October and November tend to be wet and snowless in the north.