Northern Lights

northern lights

This is so fucking cool. Norway is at the top of my travel wish list right now — in part because I’d love to witness mother nature’s magic show that is the Northern Lights in person. This is the coolest video I’ve ever seen of Northern Lights and the filmmakers put extra care into selecting music that complements the incredible footage. So I’ll have to settle for watching via video — for now.


Northern Lights Explained…

The bright dancing lights of the aurora 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..
Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. (Thank you so much, Northern Lights Centre)

When & Where to see Northern Lights…

Darkness is required. Most Northern Lights locations are found at high latitudes, meaning there is no darkness from mid-April until mid-August (even more in far northern locations like Svalbard). In this period of time, no Northern Lights can be observed. In the most intense Northern Lights area (notably Alaska, Yukon, Iceland and Northern Scandinavia), the lights are observed from late August to mid April. However, from late September to late March, it is dark after 6pm, and one enjoys maximum chances. On a yearly basis, the Lights are at their peak in September and March. The reasons for this trend are due to the March and September equinox. (Thank you so much, Wikipedia)