THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO SEE NORTHERN LIGHT IS IN THE LOFOTEN?

Risvær is located at the outlet of the strait Raftsundet, a place where Hurtigruten describes as one of the "northern lights-strongest" stretches along the coast of Norway.

We know where the best Northern Lights spots are! In Lofoten you can see the northern lights almost every starry night in the winter season! Northern lights are often called a magical fireworks, and it is not difficult to understand why. And many dream of seeing the spectacular light show in the sky. Lofoten has many mountains that help break up the cloud cover, creating glitches in the cloud deck where you can experience the northern lights, even when it is cloudy.

NORTHLIGHT SEASON The best period is from September to mid-April. The days around the full moon are not suitable for northern light observations, because the moon lights up the sky.

NORTHERN LIGHTS FACTS The lights occurs when particles from the sun hit the atmosphere on the earth. The sun throws out huge solar winds of varying strength. When the particles meet the Earth's magnetic field, they are directed towards a circle around the magnetic North Pole, and it is the energy released that is the Northern Lights. Vigorous activity on the sun can lead to northern lights three to four days afterwards.

THE SOUND OF NORTH LIGHT Northern lights symbols are found on Sami shamanic drums, and the phenomenon has several different names in Sami, for example Guovssahas, which means "the light that can be heard". Namely, the Sami connected the Northern Lights with sound. What is Northern Lights and how does it occur? Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, can be a little difficult to understand, and for a long time it was thought that it had something divine about it. We now know that a light phenomenon occurs when electric particles from the sun collide with the Earth's atmosphere. These particles are brought down to the poles where the Earth's magnetic fields are most powerful. Northern lights occur most frequently in a belt around the magnetic pole at a distance of about 2500 km - and that includes northern Norway.