Where to see the northern lights?
Of course, Tromsø is the best place in the world to see the northern lights. I am not writing this, because I live here. It is the other way round, - I moved here, because I wanted to live in an area where I could see the best northern lights of the world!
Tromsø is easy to reach by plane, not only from the Norwegian capital Oslo, but also via Stockholm, Helsinki and London. Ever tried to reach Siberia? Takes a long time...
What are the northern lights?
It is - in short - a teamwork of the sun (solar activity), earth's magnetism, clear skies and darkness. You actually need all of these four components to make it happen!
The northern lights are natural phenomenon occurring mostly in low latitudes (Arctic and Antarctic). In the northern hemisphere, we call it northern light (Aurora borealis) and in the southern hemisphere we call it southern light (Aurora australis).
Useful links to find out more about the Aurora
Taking pictures of the northern lights
Ready for a short course in northern light photography?
Once you see lady Aurora, you might want to take photos of her to take home. Either for memories or for sharing with friends.
Photographing the northern lights is not as difficult as many people believe, if you know the basics and follow our suggestions. By the end of this post, you will know everything you need to photograph lady Aurora.
Creative Approaches to Aurora Photography
Guest post by Isabella Foreman. Getting creative with Aurora photography.
Nature’s most incredible sights have been attracting artists for many ages. Writers, painters, photographers, all of them wanted to capture the unique forms and make them impervious to time. Aurora Borealis is one of those sights, and it has become very popular in the world of photography.
Questions and answers about the northern lights
At what time will there be northern lights tonight?
This is actually the question I get most by guests in Tromsø. If I want to look very intelligent, I say, "Well, tonight it will be a quarter past nine". Then I talk about the magic. The Aurora is female, which indicates that she is unpredictable and uncontrollable. We can predict her by our observation of the sun, but even then, the prediction might fail.
I have seen her during all times of the day. Not so often early in the morning, then I am still sleeping, but during daytime against a dark blue sky, in the evening, in the middle of the night. Actually, science explains that she mostly appears in the late evening and statistics prove it.