One of the main goals of my trips on the Rembrandt is to see the Nothern Lights. The area around Tromsø is one of the best areas in the world for this, so the hopes are high. Both with the passengers and with me. However, in the past 2.5 weeks, we’ve only seen a few glimpses of Lady Aurora through the clouds.

Aurora borealis in Senjahopen

Yesterday, we finally had a cloudless sky, and yes, there she was. We had moored the ship in Senjahopen, a small settlement on the island of Senja and during the afternoon, had found a nice and dark spot, in case we would see Northern Lights. Even though we didn’t see a lot from the ship, we decided to have a look anyhow in the evening. And yes, the sky turned green!

Northern Lights

Not a major solar storm and most of the time quite close to the horizon, but definitely the best I’ve seen since I came to Norway almost three weeks ago. The passengers were very excited, and so were we. Fortunately, I had my remote control working, so I could set one of my cameras to make a time-lapse (more on that in a later post). While I had the other available to take single pictures in the direction where the auroras were the nicest. After about two hours, the lights went out, so we decided to head back to the ship for a good, though little shorter, night of sleep.



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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