The magic of the northern lights

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Scientific explanation

The Northern Lights is the effect of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. Variations in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding.

It is perhaps before we hear this detailed explanation like you can see above that we look up there in wonder and appreciate how amazing the northern lights are. The random formation of colors which changes every second makes the American go yeeeeaaah and the Chinese go hooooooo. We have a lot of tourists who are dedicated only to watch the northern lights when they are here in Norway.

Bjørn from Alta told me:

A glimpse of the magic of the universe

Life is changing like the Aurora

What I've heard from tons of "non-Vikings" who comes to check it out is: "This is one of the times I am so thankful that I have eyes." I would also want you as a reader to appreciate your eyes and the ability to read this text and understand that you have the opportunity to find out the magic of these lights for yourself. You can't understand the Aurora Borealis from videos of it on the internet. It just doesn't work like that (maybe in a 4D cinema it will work).

Kai's mini tips

Find the best place (Norway)

Buy tickets for planes and arrive between December and the end of February. It is the darkest here then.

Bring your warmest clothes. The super extra warm ones. Keep your warmth to yourself.

Find a nice spot away from the city. This is very easy in Norway with our tiny metropolises.

Go up a hill. We have lots of them.

Your battery lasts shorter when it's cold. Have a power bank and extra batteries for your camera.

The photos you take with your phone is not gonna be good. You need the ability to adjust the shutter speed and you need a tripod.

Bring a lot of meat food so that your body will be exercising your stomach and keep you warm.

Coffee. You need to be awake to see the light. -The Bible

Best specific cities

Tromsø, Norway

Riksgrænsen, Sweden

Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Unstad, Lofoten, Norway

Go see for yourself

This text will never be able to describe the sensational wonder which makes you feel very tiny because of the perspective up against the sky. You'll get a new understanding of how change is not negotiable when you consult the universe. Just know how much of luck you are that you can actually go and see this thing. Just with a simple plane ticket. If there's a price concern you can check out Wizz air and Ryan air. By the way; if there is Aurora Borealis during the flight, then the Scandinavian pilot will point it out so that you are aware. He's cool.

Heidi from Svolvær said to me:

You don't need the city to bring you light, the sky does that for you

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The author

Kai Bonsaksen

Kai Bonsaksen

I'm Kai from Norway. I always follow that little voice in my head that tells me to go and explore new places … and on itinari, I talk about the ones I know the best!

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