Finally – Northern Lights (or “how dragons are dancing”)


What can you do on a normal day in mid-march in Northern Norway? Skiing or snowshoe-walking… (pubs are too sparse and expensive Zwinkerndes Smiley)DSC_4432

As we had to wait quite some days for the weather to clear up a bit, we were quite thrilled that even some rays of sun made it towards us

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So we took the chance and did some hiking around a lake

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Spring is coming – slowly but steadily

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removing all old ice

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Yet, despite it being 5° warm the wind is chilly and the felt temperature around -1°, so you need to warm up quite often

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The grip is loosening Zwinkerndes Smiley

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“Mountain range”

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And isolated peaks

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As night approached the sky cleared… Seeing the Aurora indicators at 4 (out of 10) gave us even more hope – and then around 8pm it started…

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First only a bit

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Then getting more and more intense

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sky in glow

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showing all kind of formations

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stretching over the entire sky

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parallel bands of light

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just pure beauty

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and illumination

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The mountain is throwing light out Smiley

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then towards the end of the show the aurora got much stronger

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real dancing dragons in the sky

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a double helix

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swirls of light

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and a shape

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which is just beautiful

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falling down again

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gas hobs Zwinkerndes Smiley

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and smoke rings

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different colours as well

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the final showdown

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Wow – that surely was an amazing show which lasted around 2h; afterwards the sky stayed clear and a faint bright glimmer remained, but the “aurora disk” turned away as the earth rotated outside the proton eruption of the sun.

Anyhow the next day was just spectacular

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Sheer sunshine

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Glittering snow

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Yes, getting very, very much down… (into the snow Zwinkerndes Smiley)

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Another frozen lake which we didn’t want to cross…

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with beautiful rocks emerging from the snow and ice

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the distant mountain range in full brightness

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and the wind blowing Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Pristine snow fields – perfect for hiking

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and viewing

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birches, birches, birches…

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Our classical tea break

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with the obvious way behind and long shadows of the later afternoon

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At night the climate got back to “normal” – which means rather windy. Around 30 – 40 m/sec (approx. 100 – 140 km/h) wind speed is normal and all people who used the day for a time out had some trouble coming back.

This skipper (brrrr… sailing in Northern Norway in March…) had to try for approx. 3h to get past the point due to strong currents and winds.

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Here you can see how windy it really got…

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So we decided to stay inside in our last night in Norway and watch the reflections of the fire

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