Imagine the clear skies glittering with millions of stars in the night suddenly taken over by a green veil. Usually, it isn't at the optimum level in the initial phase, but still, the mystery of green light will keep you locked to it and then suddenly, the sky explodes. The green veil spreads from horizon to horizon and takes over the whole atmosphere. Yes, its the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) we are talking about.
At the moment, you would feel like it's dancing and moving as if it is showing the extraordinary beauty and strength it beholds. You want to take a picture, but the immersive experience will make you unable to move. But you’re okay with that because your body is jagged with the appreciation of being right there, right then.
What is Aurora Borealis?
It is a result of the collision between energetic electrons (sometimes also protons) and atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere which are seen above the magnetic poles in the Northern Hemisphere. From a small veil to the whole sky is lit up, it seems like the light is dancing across the sky in every shape and size. Usually, it appears in green, but if you are lucky enough, you can witness the canvas brimmed by colours like a spectrum in purple, yellow, blue and even pink. The tone comes from the type of particles that collide.
Best Places to see the Northern Lights
Most commonly the Northern Lights are seen in Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and even the northwest region of North America like Canada and Alaska. For the best view, our picks are Norway and Iceland. If the conditions are right, you can witness this mindblowing phenomenon all across Norway, but usually it doesn't premiere in cities and towns. Although, if you find a dark spot, you may be in luck. The best chance of seeing them is to travel north.
Where are the perfect spots in Norway to witness it?
Although there are multiple spots to witness it, we all want the best possible place. Well, in that case, Lofoten and Tromoso.
Located in Northern Norway, Lofoten is an island archipelago. Due to the layout of the landscape, it is quite easy to find a spot of solitude to view a Northern Lights display. There are numerous villages around the area, but it is simple enough to leave the streetlights behind and watch from the coastline. Lofoten is beneath the Auroral Oval, so the chance of experiencing them here are high.
One of the most opted places to see this phenomenon, Tromso is the place residing in Northern Norway. The cold chilly air here makes the perfect atmosphere for clear skies. Once there, do visit Polaria Aquarium to watch the panoramic documentary about 'Northern Lights in Arctic Norway' on 21 meters full screen. Moreover, reaching Tromso is easy as Wideroe Airlines offer several flights a day from Bergen and other destinations in Norway.
How To Plan For Best Conditions?
There's no point dreaming of witnessing this beautiful phenomenon in reality if you don't know how to find out what are the best conditions. Firstly, you have to keep a check on the forecast for Northern Lights which predicts the activity by the Kp index scale. Ranging from one to nine, the higher the number, more are the chances to see this exemplary creation of Nature. Don't know how to check that? It would be better to go with a reputed Northern Lights Tour company as they have the best knowledge and equipment to understand this unusual yet mesmerising activity of nature.
Moreover, there are apps available to assist with this. If there is storm activity forecast, then start planning.
What is the best time to see Northern Lights?
The best time to see Northern Lights is during a clear night sky with less or no clouds from September to April. The most common timing for the activity is between 23:00 and 02:00. Although if the conditions are right, they can even be seen in the evening from 18: 00.
Keep yourself prepared to spend some hours outside in the cold to see the dancing lights in the sky. From lasting as little as 15 minutes to few hours, it is entirely on your luck for how long Nature savours your this beautiful phenomenon. Wear warm clothes as temperature drops quickly below minus, and even take a warm drink with you as it cannot be predicted how long you have to wait for it.
Our Recommendations For Stay
If you can't resist the Northern lights anymore and you are booking your flights, then stay at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
in Norway. This Igloo theme-based hotel will make sure your stay is a memorable one.
If you're going to Norway, you can add Finland in your itinerary as it has the best place to stay when you Northern Lights show is your goal - Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
Here, you can stay in igloos with the glass roof so that you can enjoy the nature's light show in your warm blankets and comfy bed. Too good to be true? Well, it is what it is!
You can also visit Santa Claus Village
in Finland. It is a place where you will find Santa in his workshops! Throughout the year, it feels like Christmas here! You can explore the different buildings, such as the Christmas Post Office, Santa Claus’ Chamber, and the Christmas House with souvenir shops, Christmas exhibitions and restaurants. Doesn't it look a dream? Well, it is a reality situated in Finland!
There's no denying Northern Lights is a treat to the eyes. If you want to witness these colourful dancing lights on a chilly night under the clear skies of Norway, choose a reputable company as their experience will make sure you have the best chance to watch it. So what are you waiting for? Fly to Norway and make your dreams come true.