The hunt begins

Twice I already set out on a mission to find the Aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. First, we went to Iceland -had a great holiday, but overcast weather the whole week-, then we went to Vesterålen, Norway where we did see some lights, but not as lovely as I knew it could be. 20180120_Arjen_Drost_59669-HDR.jpg

This time we try our luck in Lyngen, slightly east of Tromsø. Roughly the area where I guided tours for 5 weeks and saw the Aurora each night that wasn’t entirely overcast. At almost 70ºN, the days are short here, giving us little time to do things with daylight. Sunrise is around 10:30 and sunset already at 13:45. Not that we’ve seen the sun, it doesn’t come high enough above the horizon to make it over the mountains on our south side. The light it gives is spectacular though. Subtle pastel colours on the snow-covered mountains and in the skies. No hard light in the middle of the day, just a blue hour that continues into a three-hour golden hour, followed by another blue hour. 20180120_Arjen_Drost_59750.jpg

And of course, having a short daylight period also means a long, dark night, ideal for lady Aurora… The hunt is on!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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