Auroral explosion

After some initial Auroral ‘sparks’, something happened even I had never seen before. The whole sky turned green! And not only green, but also red and pink. All different colours that can be visible in the northern lights were there. We had no idea where to look, as it was spectacular all around us.

Auroral arch

The movement of the lights was clearly visible with the naked eye, which is not always the case and arches were shooting from one horizon to the other. Where Ypie and I were busy trying to capture it all, was Leon just laying on his back enjoying the spectacle (which might have been the better option). At one point there was even a corona over our head (no, not the virus…).

Auroral corona

This spectacle lasted for less as 30 minutes, but left us breathless for quite a bit longer. When it all died down a bit, we headed back inside to warm up and have a look at our pictures to see what had actually happened there.

Auroral explosion

Later that night, the activity went up again, so we packed our stuff again and headed back to the place we had chosen near the river. It was by far not as spectacular as the first show, but that was hardly to be expected. But still, we had some nice colours and curtains for quite some time. Not a bad first real experience for my friends 😀

Green and red curtains

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.


  • That is really awesome, great that you where out there at the right time, enjoying to look at the pictures and reading your story. Cheers Mika

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  • You must have had a very special moment Arjen 🙂 I will take many pictures of the northern lights but I have never seen in this intensity and color. Perhaps the solar flux was temporarily extra strong, who knows…
    You must have been very happy with this phenomenon that resulted in very spectacular photos.

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