There has been many legends about the mysterious lights over the northern parts of Europe (and Canada, Alaska, not to mention Russia etc). Today we know the reasons for this phenomenon of the solar wind’s collision with the earth’s magnetosphere.
Partly due to the draw of being at the place where such phenomenal display of lights (not made by man) and also the allure of traveling to the exotic is the draw which places a trip to Northern Norway on our bucket list.
The selection of Norway was a considered one, as the Aurora is mainly visible only in a specific band of latitude. Further, access to places which lies in the band is important, given that it will be highly preferable to watch the phenomenon in relative comfort.
While Iceland, Canada and Alaska were some of the other considerations, Norway holds a special place for us. We were last there in 2004, but only to Trondheim and in spring!
Did anyone know that the sun’s activity has peaked and will be “slowing down”? This means less solar wind activity hitting our atmosphere and thus less phenomena of the dancing night lights! We know that within the coming 1-2 years we will definitely take the trip.
Best to cruise though after spending some time at the lovely (and lively) city of Bergen. We intend to take the cruise operated by Hurtigruten. There are limited voyages per season and astronomers onboard to give lectures for those who seek in-depth understanding of the phenomena.
Working out the budget now to see if we can go as early as 2017!