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4. Chasing the northern lights

Aurora Borealis in Trøndelag Aurora Borealis in Trøndelag
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Aurora Borealis in Trøndelag.
Photo: Klara Hernes
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The northern lights can sometimes be so beautiful that you almost cannot believe what you see before your eyes. When the green light, which is sometimes tinged with purple and blue, paints the sky above in the most amazing shapes, it appears that the most clever lighting architects could have directed them. But, then it is only nature that is on the move with one of its many fascinating features. For some, the most fascinating.

Be ready with your camera

If you are lucky enough to experience the northern lights, it is important to have your camera at hand. Sometimes the colour display lasts for a short while, while other times it can last for several hours in infinite forms and strengths. Nevertheless, it is a very specific spectacle, which has a scientific explanation, which is best enjoyed in the moment, preferably in a dark place, without any disturbing lights and sounds.

Where to explore the northern lights

In recent years, the northern lights have been extra strong over Trøndelag. From October to April, both local photographers and visitors have had wonderful conditions for taking spectacular photographs of the northern lights. Several of the summits in Bymarka and several of the coves along the fjord north of Trondheim, have become popular destinations among the photographers when they embark on the search for the northern lights.

Northern lights over Trondheim

Northern lights over Trondheim

Aurora Borealis over Stokkøya Beach Bar

Stokkøya Beach Bar with Northern Lights

More adventurous winter experiences in Trøndelag

How to get to Trøndelag

Trøndelag is easy to reach, by plane, car, bus or boat. The air connection is good from many cities in Europe. 

By plane:
Trondheim Airport Værnes is one of Norways biggest airports with both national and international direct routes
In addition to many of the national routes there is direct flights from over 20 cities, for example Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, London Amsterdam and Reykjavik.
With Widerøe there is daily depatures from Trondheim to Namsos and Rørvik. There is also daily depatures between Oslo and Røros.
From Trondheim Airport you can take the airport bus to Trondheim. The bus trip is about 30 minutes. 

With boat:
Arriving to Trøndelag by the sea is a beautiful experience. The Costal Ferry, Hurtigruten is described as the worlds most beautiful sea journey, and stops at both Trondheim and Rørvik.  
From Kristiansund you can take the costal express, Kystekspressen to Trondheim. 

With train:
The train routes to Trøndelag is great, either you are travelling from north, south or east. From Oslo the trip is about 7 hours, from Bodø it is about 10 hours. Check nsb.no

With car:
E6 is the main road through Trøndelag.
E39 is the connection from Møre og Romsdal. 
Are you arriving from Sweden, drive to Trøndelag via RV31 to Røros, E14 to Stjørdal or RV72 to Verdal.
The distance between Oslo and Trondheim is about 500 km. 

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