The aurora may dance its celestial ballet in star-studded skies, but its influence also thrives on-land in expressions of art and ancient pastimes.
For centuries, the northern lights have been a fertile source of inspiration for art, mythology and legend. Symbols of its influence continue to dominate Nordlys to this day, inspiring creativity in all its form; from the historic crafts and customs of Europe’s northernmost indigenous people to the thriving street art scene in cities like Bodø.
All across this ancient realm, vibrant cultural encounters await. Venture farthest north towards the barren environs of the Norwegian tundra and you’ll be greeted by the friendly communities of Sami people. There, you’ll be able to experience ancient Sami pastimes, such as husky-sledding, the ‘joik’ – one of Europe’s oldest forms of music – and traditional Sami cuisine next to an open fire.
Head towards the north-east coast of Norway and you’ll discover Tromsø, a modern city where nature and culture flourish side by side. Located 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, this multi-cultural city has a strong affinity with the aurora and plays host to the annual Northern Lights Festival, an extravaganza of music, performance and exhibits.
Take your exploration to the islands of Lofoten and you’ll be welcomed by magnificent vistas of snow-capped mountains and serene fjords, a vision of beauty enhanced by the ethereal natural light of this region. Dotted with art galleries and photo exhibitions, you’ll also discover Lofoten’s rich fishing heritage and its strong connection to the Viking Age.
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