After 12 days, finally I have seen the Northern Lights a.k.a. Aurora Borealis.
In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Galileo in 1619. Auroras seen within the auroral oval may be directly overhead, but from farther away they illuminate the poleward horizon as a greenish glow, or sometimes a faint red, as if the Sun were rising from an unusual direction.
I’m using an app that is predicting the northern light activity and last wednesday a lot of activity was forecasted. I was so ready for my first northern light experience and all day long I had been looking forward to it. After finishing work, I went home, had some dinner, took a shower and fully geared up. I put on my thermic underwear and skipants and put on the great Hanwag boots. They kept my feet really warm, which was a good thing because we stayed out for 3 hours where temperatures was way below -10 degrees Celsius.
We walked to the river behind the Icehotel, called the Torne river. It is majestic river which is fully frozen and covered with a lot of snow. We went over there to get a clear view of the skys and waiting for the northern lights to appear. I was pretty dissapointing to come to the conclusion the sky was to cloudy and after a loooong walk (crossing the river to the other side and back), we didn’t see anything.
After being here for 11 days, I still didn’t see the Northern Lights, hearing the experiences from others and seeing pictures I became very curious and eager to see it for myself. Yesterday was the 12th day of being here and we had a big party for the staff. It was a great party and just when I was starting to get a little drunk the moment was there. One of my friends came to get me and pulled me outside to have my first glimpse of the Northern lights. It was beautiful!! I was dressed to party, not to survive outside in the cold. In total I think I stared at the amazing skys for 30 minutes. I had left my camera back in my cabin and only brought my Iphone. I can tell you that this camera is no good for shooting pictures of the Northern Lights. This is the best I got:
Today I woke up and…… BAM!!! The worst hangover ever!! I hung out in my cabin all day and took a lot of power naps… a lot! At around 20.30 hrs a knock on my door. Kalle was out and wondered if I was up for a walk. If he didn’t came over I probably wouldn’t have been outside all day and I figured it might be a good idea to get some fresh air. I got dressed to protect myself against the cold weather again and the minute I walked out the door and looked at the sky, I noticed it was there again!! I ran back inside to get my camera and hurried to the lake. It was quite funny to pass the Icehotel and see all the artists who had stopped working and were taking pictures form the sky. There was some activity for a lttle less than 1 hour but this time I was able to shoot a picture. It was pretty annoying I had to figure out how to set-up my camera to get the best pictures. I didn’t bring my tri-pod so had to held the camera in my hand (which isn’t too steady in the cold). But here it is, my first good picture of Aurora Borealis!!
Mission accomplished. From now on it can only get better 🙂 I hope to shoot a lot more and prettier pictures of this amazing event. I’ll make sure to keep you posted!