Being a newbie in the aurora borealis observation, I must admit that it is not without apprehension that we started to conquer the solar wind.
First of all a little reminder: what is an aurora borealis?
There are two kinds of polar auroras:
- Northern lights that you can admire in the Northern Hemisphere
- And the southern lights that you can admire in the Southern Hemisphere.
Polar auroras are due to the interaction between solar winds and the Earth's magnetic field (to put it simply). It requires a strong solar activity to be able to see it.
This phenomenon is visible only near the poles because the particles are then rejected by the magnetic field of the Earth. It occurs all year but from April, the nights start to be too short and not dark enough to admire it.
This phenomenon is not easy to predict, there are more or less advanced applications to indicate the probability of occurrence. We chose the Aurora application, which guided us well in our hunt.
The most important is to have clear sky and no light pollution (which is not necessarily easy to find even in northern Norway), if these conditions are met, you don't need to be lucky to see them.
We don't need to be in the middle of the night to be able to see them. As soon as it is dark enough, the green expanses appear in the milk sky. We could contemplate from 730pm.
- "Aurora"application to know the visibility of the aurora borealis.
- A tripod, mandatory for the northern lights
- A remote control (or your self-timer) because pressing the shutter can make your picture blurry
- For settings, leave your camera open long enough, our exposure times were between 10 and 20s
To find out more about our trip in northern Norway :
* Direction North Cap
* La Road trip - Iteneray for a 10 days roadtrip in Norway on the fjord road
Feel free to ask us questions in the comments, we'll be delighted to answer e 🙂