During the night

Even though the sun rises just above the horizon now, the nights are still very long. Not really a problem, as we have a great night program as well. When the clouds cooperate, that is. The area around Tromsø is one of the best in Europe to see the Northern lights, as I experienced myself last year. But even in this area, you need (partially) cloudless skies to see the aurora.

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Rembrandt van Rijn at Finnkroken

And we haven’t been extremely lucky with that during the past week. It had been overcast for most of the time I’ve been here. Occasionally there were a few gaps in the clouds, but we could never see any green. The last night of the trip was spent in Finnkroken, not that far from Tromsø. A nice and dark place, especially when you walk a little up the hill. Here the owner had put up a lávvu (a traditional Sami tent) with a nice fire inside. So we could sit outside with the warm fire and go outside to check the skies every now and then.

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Traditional Sami lávvu with a gap in the clouds

And yes, then suddenly, one of the guests came inside. I think I see something green!! This was a very quick way to empty the lávvu and quickly everybody was outside, looking for something green through the clouds. And yes, there it was! Definitely not the most spectacular displays of aurora I’ve ever seen, but we were very happy none the less.  And a nice reward for many of the guests who were very keen on having aurora watches at night for the past couple of days.

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Finally: a little aurora

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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