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Wanderlust: The Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis

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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!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Phuoc'n Delicious August 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    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 :)

    • Reply Swah August 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Ohh me too Phuoc! One day! :)

  • Reply Fine Art Northern Lights Photographer April 1, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I have the chance to visit Iceland last Feb of 2014. Luckily, I was able to witness and photograph the ever famous aurora borealis. It was really a perfect time with clear night sky and I was able to capture a lot of images of it. I would love to share them with you: http://www.darkeclipse.com/nightscape/northern-lights/the-shield-and-the-sword/
    Thanks!”

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