NORTHERN LIGHTS in norway
8 DAYS // feb 12-19, 2017
WHAT CAUSES THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
The Northern Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. Variations in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.
The connection between the Northern Lights and sunspot activity has been suspected since about 1880. Thanks to research conducted since
This rugged, weathered island stretches far north and presents beautiful scenes of the landscape and local wildlife including whales, sea eagles, reindeer and moose. The island is quite small and lends itself to a full circuit around the exterior road. While navigating the circumference, visitors will see lighthouses, one of the longest beaches in Norway, and a rocky peninsula. This island is nothing short of a photographer’s paradise.
Langøya & Nyksund
The road to Nyksund is full of twists and turns, so we will stop frequently to photograph from the remarkable vistas. Nyksund, an old fishing village perched on the far west coast, is almost entirely deserted. Photographers will delight in the ghost-town style architecture as well as the opportunity to capture great waves crashing on the rocks in the harbor.
You’d be surprised! It doesn’t get as cold as people think when they hear the words “Arctic Circle”! Temperatures on the darkest winter days and nights wouldn’t normally dip below -8ºC. Last season the coldest temperature measured in Sortland was -10.3ºC.
Gullesfjord & Kvæfjord
For this excursion we will travel along the coastal road of Gullesfjord and then take a short ferry across the fjord. Along the way we will see the frozen strawberry fields of of Kvæøya. Later, we will reach the tip of Kvæøya and take a short hike across the rocky beaches to take in a panoramic view. Weather-permitting, a campfire lunch by the water’s edge is also planned.
The Lofoten Islands
Henningsvær is a beautiful fishing village perched on small islands. During our time in Lofoten we will photograph in and around Henningsvær, Reine, Hamnøy, Haukland, Utakleiv & Gimsøya. The stunning landscape is considered some of the most stunning scenery in the world: we will see mountains, islands, beaches and fjords.
How to get there?
Our nearest large airport is Evenes (Harstad/Narvik Airport – airport code EVE) and there are several flights per day arriving from Oslo. The two main airlines that services this route are Norwegian and S.A.S.
For UK visitors flights can be booked departing from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Newcastle, all via Oslo.
Visit Norwegian at www.norwegian.com and S.A.S. at www.flysas.com