Curtains of light dancing in the sky, in various colours. That are the Northern Lights. You must see it to believe it. According to experts, northern Norway is the best place to watch this spectacular phenomenon.
You can see the Northern Lights almost everywhere in Norway. But the region around Tromsø is considered to be the best. Even though the Northern Cape is also good. And the Lofoten. Etc … One of the reasons why these places offer good sightings is simply because of their proximity to the sea. With the result of regular clear skies.
Recommendations for seeing the Northern Lights in Norway:
– The best time is between 21 September and 21 March
– The sky has to be clear and with little to no moonlight
– Find a dark spot with little to no lights around
– Usually it does not occur before 18.00hrs
– The biggest chance to witness is between 22.00hrs and 01.00hrs
– When you do see the Northern Lights around 19.00hrs, you have a big chance it will even be stronger later that night
– After 01.00hrs the chances to see the Northern Lights diminishes rapidly. You can go to bed…
What are the Northern Lights exactly?
The scientific story behind the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) is complicated. It actually is an enormous mass of charged particles arising from explosions of the sun and which are redirected because the earth is one large magnetic field.
The particles enter the earth’s atmosphere with great speed in the Arctic regions. They are filled with energy and when they come in contact with oxygen atoms and nitrogen atoms they cause collisions in the atmosphere.
The colour of the lights depends on the collision. When they collide with oxygen in low atmospheric conditions, the colour is yellow and green, with oxygen and very low pressure the colour is red. When the collision is with nitrogen, a blue colour will appear in the sky.