Aug 8, 2012

Wanderlust: The Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis

I have spent a lot of time travelling throughout Iceland and Scandinavia but it’s always during summertime – so I have never seen the Northern Lights!  Known as the Aurora Borealis in northern latitudes, it is a natural light display in the sky caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. They occur most frequently in a belt of radius 2500 km centered on the magnetic north pole. This so-called auroral zone extends over northern Scandinavia, Iceland, the southern tip of Greenland and continuing over northern Canada, Alaska and along the northern coast of Siberia. Whilst I have always associated the Northern Lights with wintertime, they are actually present all year round – it’s just that we can’t see them during the light nights of summer.

One day I will get to experience this amazing phenomenon and cross it off my travel bucket list!

2 Comments

  • Oh me too! My friend recently went at the end of last year and was so amazed by it. The Northern Lights are definitely something everyone should see once in their lifetime. I hope we both get to see them soon :)

    • Ohh me too Phuoc! One day! :)

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