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Facts about the northern lights

What are the northern lights really about?
The story about the northern lights involves both the science and the myths behind what causes this extraordinary natural phenomenon that appears as light displays in the sky.
Grøtfjord, Kvaløya
Northern Lights, Grøtfjord, Kvaløya.
Photo: Gaute Bruvik - visitnorway.com
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A northern lights forecast that helps you find the best time to see the lights.

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A cool visualization on the auroral light show

Because the composition of our atmosphere varies, the colours of the northern lights span from green to purple. See how it works in this infographic.

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Hunting the Northern lights with the Sami

Follow the British actor David Spinx on his journey in Finnmark, where he meets the Sami, gets to taste reindeer meat and goes hunting for the northern lights.

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