Norway: Chasing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

 

northern lights

Who wants to go chasing the Northern Lights this winter?

The Northern Lights aka the Aurora Borelias are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south.

The northern lights take place on an 11-year solar cycle. Solar activity, including massive solar eruptions, can occur anytime and produce intense aurora, but those eruptions occur erratically and unpredictably. The 11-year cycle creates a period of frequency, but according to Peter Delamere, associate professor of space physics at the Geophysical Institute, we are at the beginning a downward leg of the cycle.

This means less frequent northern lights, an effect that will likely last until  2024 or even 2026. But lucky for you, 2015 and 2016 will still provide ample sky shows and there’s still time to see the aurora borealis in all its glory.

Because of ^^^^^^^, I am going this year! Just like I need to visit Africa and see all the wild elephants like wild rhinos, hyneas, giraffes, and elephants all get poached. :-\

Ok, so….

When: February 12-21st, 2016 – note, you don’t have to go on my exact dates. If flights are cheaper if you arrive/leave a few days before or after mine, it’s fine.

Where: Norway….specifically Tromsø since it’s the most northern north of Norway!

Why: Tromsø sees the lights about 250 nights on average a year and we can also cross over into Finland if need be. Whereas other options like Iceland is just an island so you’re stuck if there’s cloud cover. Alaska and Canada were options but I wanted to get a little further away and…well flights. Flights to Sweden and Finland were 1/3 more of the price due to some sale I ended up finding. Haha.

Flight Information: Flying British Airways to Oslo on Friday, February 12th and I land on Saturday, February 13th at 7:45 PM THEN jumping on a flight to Tromsø on Sunday, February 14th in the morning.

When in Tromsø, it’s recommended to find a tour company that will take and guide you around the lights! I ended up finding http://chasinglights.co 🙂

They provide: jumpsuits, food, snacks, photography tips, etc.

Chasing Lights offers full holiday all-inclusive packages as well as separate day tours. You can definitely take a look and see what you prefer – having the whole sha-bang planned out or just book lodging separately and doing some of the night chases with room to plan for other activities/excursions on other days.

I recommend doing at least two of the Signature Northern Lights Chase since there’s a chance you won’t see the lights. I can book this for you if needed so we’re all going on the same day.