The amazing Northern Lights in Arctic Norway:
Northern Lights over Tromso
Photo: Bard Loken/Innovation Norway
What are the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis?
The spectacular Northern Lights are visible in the Arctic parts of Norway from October through March.
Nothing else on the sky looks like the Northern Lights! While the sun, the moon and the stars are visible from everywhere and natural parts of our everyday life, the Northern Lights can only be seen in certain areas. They vary in color and intensity and as opposed to the moon, sun and stars they are unpredictable and unique. The Northern Lights in Norway are called the night-time Aurora because they are on the night-side of the earth. The Northern Lights - nature's own light show - are solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole, forming arches, waves and curls of light moving across the sky, with sudden rays of light shooting down from space.
Where are the Northern Lights visible?
In the Northern parts of Norway - the coastal areas from Troms and Finnmark - the Northern lights appear with a maximum of frequency. The lights are best seen in rural areas where the sky is dark and not blurred by the city lights.
The Arctic city of Tromso is an ideal starting point.
When are the Northern Lights visible?
The Northern Lights / aurora borealis activity takes place all year in all types of weather. However, to actually see the lights, the weather has to be dark and clear. The best chances of seeing the Northern Lights are between November and April, when there is limited amount of daylight. The display usually begins in the late afternoon or in the evening and continues with varying intensity into the night.
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