The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, can be both scary and overwhelming.
Like a huge, shining curtain it flows over the landscape.
The amazing change in color and intensity gives you an impression of the power of nature.
The Aurora Borealis is both nature and physics, as well as natural science.
It is also an important part of our cultural history, and has fascinated people through ages. In the old days there were many storys about the "Nordlys", as the Norwegian's call it, and many believed it was a sign of punishment, or about war or plague.
Among the Sami people it was known as "Guovssahas", meaning "the light that can be heard", and people in former times actually believed they could hear the Northern Light.
The first theory about how this phenomenon arises, was presented by Kristian Birkeland, a Norwegian researcher.
The colors and forms in the Aurora Borealis is formed by the athmosphere of the earth.When particles from the sun wind comes into the athmosphere, it energizes any atoms and molecules they meet.
These atoms and molecules send the energy out again as a light of different colors.
It might look as this is happening close to the surface of the earth, but actually it is 90 - 150 kilometers above. The Andøya Rocket Range on Andøya island in Norway is recognized as a cornerstone in groundbased research of the northern lights. If you want to know more, we recommend a visit at www.narom.no or www.spacecentre.no
As mentioned before: There are no guaranties of seeing the Northern
Lights on a Hurtigruten journey, but if you make your voyage during the
winter season, the chances are good.
This photo is taken from the Hurtigruten, and the photographer is taken by ©Ian Forsythe / HRG archive
We want you to see more photos of the Northern Lights, and the next ones are shown with permission from Carina Hansen/hurtigruten-web.com
The first one is from Joanna Lumley & the Northern Lights, and you will be listening to "Solveig's Song" from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite.
The next one is from a National Geographic production.