Northern Lights, Norway
Northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are a stunning natural phenomenon, particularly occurring in the Northern countries, including Norway.
Explained in brief, the northern lights are basically the energy that is released when the particles of solar explosions meet our atmosphere and are moving to the magnetic shield of the North Pole. The energy explodes in stunning colors, usually green and pink – the view of this bright smoke is simple unbelievable and many people visit Norway just to experience a moment of aurora borealis.
Northern Lights Trivia
The phenomenon of northern light has a special place in the Norwegian mythology. Some proofs of northern lights have been found on the musical instruments of shamans of Sami – the natives of Norway. There are many names for northern lights in their language, for example, they call it Guovssahas, meaning that it is the light you can hear. Vikings believed that the northern lights are the armor of their mythological creatures- the virgins of Walkyrie warriors.
This amazing phenomenon can be observed throughout the Norway, but the best spots for enjoying a night of northern lights are, logically, the northern part of the country. The best place in the world where the northern lights can be observed on their maximum is the area from the Lofoten Islands to the North Cape – this is where the belt of the lights is the most intense. The same light can also be observed from Tromso. For a better view, people are usually advised to go inlands as the weather is drier there and the sky – clearer.
Of course, when meeting this magic phenomenon most of the people are breathless and can only stare into the stunning view. However, many activities are possible as well. You can rent your own snowmobile for a unforgettable ride or a guided snowmobile tour. You can go dog sledging or watch the Aurora appear from the Hurtigruten’s ships. The list of options is quite long; however, the main thing is to look up.
The view on the northern lights is something no money could buy, so if you want to have a truly unique experience, all you have to do, is to arrive in Norway. The sky will take care of the rest.