Northern lights, Norway

Postcard: Northern lights, Norway

Northern lights or Aurora borealis are on many travellers’ bucket list and are an extraordinary experience of unbelievable colors that move across the Arctic sky.

  • Northern lights are a phenomenon that is created from a collision between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the atmosphere of the earth.
  • The lights are also called aurora borealis.
  • It’s like a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky, with a color palette of green, blue, pink, and violet.
  • They manifest in an endless variety of colors and intensities, varying from subtle, almost ghost-like figures moving in the sky to a vibrant and intense multi-color light show.
  • The northern light appears in a belt or an oval, which is situated above the Earth in a regular position in relation to the sun.
  • They generally extend from 80 kilometres to as high as 640 kilometres above the earth’s surface.
  • Some of the best places in the world to see the northern lights are the northern parts of Norway.
  • Aurora borealis has its climax when the weather is cold and dry.
  • The best place and time to see the Northern lights: in Northern Norway between late September and late March, when it’s dark from early afternoon until late morning.

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