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3 Unforgettable Nights with The Green Lady | Hunting the northern lights |Tromsø, Norway

They say that often, pictures speak louder than words. And in this case, they were right.

We were lucky to have witnessed the northern lights – or aurora borealis – in Tromsø three nights in a row (and later, in Finnish Lapland). We’d previously spoken with a number of Norwegians residing in different parts of Norway, as well as fellow travellers who’ve come far and wide who’ve never spotted ‘The Green Lady’.

The night we arrived in Tromsø (2nd January 2016), we decided to book a last minute boat ride with Arctic Explorers.

Now before I babble on, let me just tell you: For weeks, I had been obsessed monitoring the geomagnetic activity and sky cameras in Norway, Finland, Alaska and Canada. Kp levels, solar wind activity, solar activity…and I mean obsessed! With a Kp 5 reading that evening, I knew there was a high probable chance of seeing the northern lights – or at least I had my fingers crossed! (Travel tip: I’ve included some handy links below, should you decide to hunt for the ‘Dancing Queen’ yourself).

Anyway as I was saying, we booked a last minute boat ride. Within half an hour, there she was. A faint band across the sky at first then she got brighter and more flirtatious over the next three hours (Travel tip: Not a good idea to be photographing the northern lights aboard a moving vessel – see below. You will need to use a camera tripod and have a good camera).

Because seeing the northern lights in Norway was at the top of my travel bucketlist, I pretty much bawled my eyes out about finally ticking this off. We met an elderly English man (Brian) travelling solo, and he too felt quite emotional. It was one of those experiences where you just had to be there – stare up at the sky and savour every moment, every flare, every dance.

I wouldn't recommend taking photos of the northern lights aboard a moving vessel. Out of the photos I took from that night, this was the only decent one I'm willing to post.

I wouldn’t recommend taking photos of the northern lights aboard a moving vessel. Out of the photos I took from that night, this was the only decent one I’m willing to share.

The following night, we made another last minute decision to jump on another aurora hunt with a photography tour team – Marianne and George of Marianne’s Heaven On Earth Aurora Chase Tours. We were also lucky enough to meet an English couple (Simon and Emma) who knew quite a bit about cameras and were able to help us with some basic settings (Travel tip: Learn your camera before travelling, especially if you’ve just purchased a new one). Marianne and George’s passion for auroras were evident through their enthusiasm, especially George who had a tendency to jump up and down whenever the aurora put on a fantastic show!

The third night, we went with Green Fox Guiding. I found this listing on the Aurora Service EU website and made a booking over Christmas. We got lucky with this group as there were only eight of us. Jacek, a Polish aurora enthusiast, is the founder of Green Fox Guiding, who also happens to go on/operate the aurora hunts. Jacek is perhaps one of the most entertaining guides I’ve ever come across. And if you’re lucky, he just might perform a little stand-up comedy act!

At the risk of making this blog post too long, I will be posting a second part to this in a few days which will focus on tips when hunting for the northern lights and our four day itinerary in Tromsø.

Useful links:

Aurora Service EU – check out the minute-by-minute sky camera updates

Geophysical Institute of Alaska – accurate Kp level readings

Norway Lights

Official Visit Tromsø

 

Featured Image: Jacek of Green Fox Guiding taking a snap of me and The Green Lady

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8 Comments

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  2. martin turner says

    Ailene and Moethanks for the travel blog. This a great story about the Northen Lights. I have never been to Norway but your fotos are bakkan (super cool). If you ever sit still try and check the Netflix series called Lilyhammer which is set in Norway.hugs from Chile and happy 2016 Martin

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    • Hola Martin! How are you guys? I remember you mentioning that actually! I’ll get Moe to download it – Aussie Netflix sux here hahha Happy 2016 too! Are you planning a trip down under this year? If so, please let us know coz we’d love to see you!

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  3. There you are! So you went chasing after the aurora…*jealous!!!* We went to Iceland two years ago for that very reason but for two nights, she eluded us… 😦 We were so close, yet so far away. haha. So I still have that on my bucket list. Beautiful photos! You gotta share a simpler way to take photos (I don’t want the complicated version), without all the photography mumbo jumbo involved. 🙂

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    • Hahha hellloooo there!!! I know I’ve been MIA for months!!! Have been on Twitter & Instagram more coz though 🙂 How’ve you been?

      OMG would love to go to Iceland! Make sure you go hunting for her soon! She is beautiful :)) I know what you mean about the photos. The ones I took are not perfect but it’s better than nothing heheh Camera lingo confuses me hahha

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      • I know, right? Before going to Iceland I looked it up already and it was too complicated. Specially with the cold and all and that your camera batteries get used up pretty quickly and how to protect your camera lens from condensation, etc, etc… Just too techy for me. LOL!
        Its good to see you back. I’m still here, trying to travel whenever there is a chance otherwise I’m just trying to live my life as best as I can. 🙂

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  4. OMG! What a sight. Definitely one in my Bucket List. Lovely photos.Whenever I see sights like this, it makes my heart yearn. There’s so much beauty around the world that needs to be seen.So many places for me to explore. Thank you for the inspiration that your Blog brings. Happy travels !

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    • Heya! Thanks so much! You’re right about one thing: There’s so much beauty in the world. So much to see and do and people to meet along the way! Do you have a bucketlist? Would love to read about it :)))

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