Week in the northern Norway – that was how we spent the Christmas holidays. At first I thought there would be no light during the day and I was quite suprised to find out there are actually couple of light. However, the sun never rose above the horizon – that happens in late January.
But still, how often one can sleep till ten o’clock and say she/he woke up just before the “sunrise”? (At least for someone who is from middle Europe…)
Or take a look out of window and see a couple of reindeers?
(I still don’t get how they can drink the salty sea water)
Or meet small reindeer herd crossing the road?
(this one was little behind the herd)
And then just admire the cold and white nature and occasional red house.
New Year’s Eve
The custom of celebrating New Year’s Eve with fireworks seems to be ubiquitous. We also noticed that people fired some kind of the red lights that were much brighter and lasted much longer than regular fireworks. We guessed it might be some kind of flare and later it was confirmed by our hosts. We learned from our hosts that the midnight of New Year’s Eve is the only time when people can fire red flares which otherwise can only be used in case of maritime distress.
Northern lights (also called Aurora Borealis)
What is Aurora Borealis? Rather than I would copy-paste the info from other website, you can check out Aurora Forecast site for detailed explanation and other information. This site also contains tools for predicting when and where the ligts will be visible.
We saw the lights three times during our stay. When they were strongest, we were just watching, amazed. It is such a beautiful and magical phenomenom. The green lights were literally dancing across the sky.
On the first four photos, you can see that the lights can be moving very quickly. The white line on the left side on the photo which is moving toward middle and then right are the headlights of a single plane taking off.
Here is one vertical photo of the Northern Lights, this time with the Big Dipper asterism (part of constellation Ursa Major). I was suprised that the stars are so visible there.
Even when the sky is partially cloudy, the lights are still clearly visible.
Well, this was one of the most unforgettable experience I ever had. Also, the northern Norway in winter made it to my list of must-visit-again.
You can check out other photos from Norway in my next two posts: