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Picturesque Senja is now livestreaming its northern lights to the world

A custom built camera makes it possible to watch the aurora borealis in Northern Norway live in HD around the clock.


Few experiences can match what it feels like to stand directly beneath an intense corona of northern lights on a cloudless winter night, high up in a mountain and far away from light pollution, the wind quiet but your body wrapped in wool clothing nonetheless.

Even for those who live next door to the aurora borealis, its appearance will sometimes be so sudden that one can’t help but stop and pause to allow oneself a moment of breathlessness.

Living further down south in Norway or elsewhere in the world, close encounters with green and pink waves of light billowing across the sky are not that easy to come by, though of course you can find a huge array of beautiful videos and spectacular photos to enjoy.

According to Norwegian news site Medier24, Anders Hanssen of Visit Senja has come up with a great middle ground aimed at those yearning for a daily dosage of solar particles journeying towards the North Pole:

A northern light live stream, delivered straight into your living room, via the website Zooom.

Hanssen has set up a camera to shoot the Senja skies around the clock, streaming it all in HD through YouTube.

According to website Zooom, who are collaborating with Hanssen and Visit Senja on the project, the camera is custom built to shoot in extreme lighting conditions – including the pitch black North Norwegian night.

For those who don’t wish to have the livestream filling their screens at all times waiting to catch a glimpse, following the Visit Senja Facebook page might be a good idea for receiving updates on when the northern lights can be seen.


And for those planning on travelling north to see the aurora borealis for themselves, the app Norway Lights (available for both iOS, Android and Windows) comes highly recommended.

Here, you get a northern light forecast on when and where in Norway the phenomenon is most likely to be visible to nightly skygazers.

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