In Norway, we consider ourselves lucky to have the beautiful northern lights dancing across the sky during winter. But instead of always looking up, we can turn to NASA to see this natural wonder from a different perspective, thanks to a film with incredible images.
Experiencing the magical northern lights is at the top of many travellers’ bucket list, and for quite a number it remains a dream. And for those who have the opportunity, even less ever get the chance to see the northern lights when looking down – as in from space.
Luckily NASA offers some incredible images in the video below, which is perhaps the closest you will ever get to see the phenomenon from above. The film is composed of several time-lapse recordings from the International Space Station (ISS) and offers 4K images of both the aurora borealis (northern lights) and the aurora australis (southern lights near the South Pole). So turn off the lights, play the film in full-screen mode, and enjoy five minutes of beauty.
It won’t be long before space tourism will actually happen. Still, it doesn’t seem likely that most of us can expect to get a view like this any time soon.
Here in Norway, however, we are spoiled with many opportunities to see the northern lights with our feet safely on the ground. Northern Norway above the Arctic Circle is amongst the best places in the world to experience the magic of the northern lights. Read more and find your northern lights destination.
In the northern part of the country, aurora borealis has always played an important role in culture and mythology. But what has been considered a divine miracle for centuries, now has a clear scientific explanation. As NASA points out, the phenomenon occurs when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth’s magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere.
Even though there is a scientific explanation, we are still awestruck when we see the colourful northern lights. The fact that we are seeing the Earth’s magnetic field in action, facing the forces of the sun, makes it all the more fascinating. Science and sheer beauty can go hand in hand; a fact all NASA enthusiasts and space aficionados are well aware of.
When you’re going out to see the northern lights without a guide, follow these simple rules to make sure you get an enjoyable experience.
1. Always wear a reflective vest or reflective bands when walking by all types of streets and roads.
2. Never park at bus stops; it may cause dangerous situations.
3. When going on foot, be sure to stay off the road itself, as locals can drive quite fast. Around corners, they will not expect to find people on or by the road.
4. Roadside parking is prohibited on roads with speed limits of 50 miles or more.
5. Be aware that snow clearing is operating at all hours. Avoid getting your car locked in by snow masses.
Learn more about this natural wonder and where in Norway you can experience it.
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Spend a night in a glass dome under the northern lights. Wake up inside the remote pine forest of Alta overlooking majestic snow-covered mountains. Private bathroom and sauna facilities available. | Book Nordics
Join our Northern Lights Cruise and enjoy a delicious arctic tapas menu from our local partner in Tromsø while we look for the Northern Lights! | Brim Explorer.
4-day winter break to Tromsø in Northern Norway, including dog sledding and a northern lights chase by minibus. Additional winter activities can be added. | Authentic Scandinavia
4-day tour with Aurora Chase Guided tour, RIB boat tour, and accommodation in a traditional fisherman's cabin. | 50 Degrees North
5-day stay in boutique lodge with transfers, dog sledding, all meals, snowmobiling, and sea safari. | 50 Degrees North
6-day winter adventure. See the fjords and the Arctic city Tromsø. Amazing winter activities like dog sledding, northern lights safari, and much more can be added. | Authentic Scandinavia
6-day winter adventure tour including an overnight stay at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, a cruise with Hurtigruten to Tromsø, and a wide selection of optional winter activities. | Authentic Scandinavia
6-day tour, including a return cruise from Tromsø to Kirkenes with Hurtigruten. Visit the North Cape and try winter activities including dog sledding and snowmobiling. | Authentic Scandinavia
Spend your night in a Crystal Lavvo in the Lyngen Alps. We pick you up in Tromsø and take you out on an adventure of a lifetime! Dinner, breakfast, transportation and whale watching included. | Book Nordics
Want to gaze up at the northern lights dancing in the pitch black sky? Or swing crampons and an ice axe deep into a frozen waterfall? How about a cross-country skiing course followed by a trip in remote mountains? Or dog sledding? This trip lets you experience all of these activities and more! | Hvitserk
This journey encourages you to create your own magical connection in Alta, going on adventures such as dogsledding, snowmobiling and ice-fishing, and seeking the illuminations of the polar night. | Up Norway.
4-day break to Tromsø including a wildlife cruise and hunt for the northern lights. With one day free, you will have the opportunity to add additional winter activities like dog sledding, a reindeer safari, and more. | Authentic Scandinavia
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