This is an experiment. I started using Instagram so I didn’t have to resize my photos and upload them to my limited WordPress storage space and then, in the last couple of days, I’ve got a bit addicted to it and I notice that people respond more if I write a little mini essay to go with the photo. So here is a little collection of photos and captions from the evening earlier in the year when I went and saw the Northern Lights in Norway.
MS Nordlys had been sitting at anchor – or rather, she'd been moored – in Tromsø for four hours to give her passengers time to have a quick look around Lapland's surprisingly cosmopolitan capital city, albeit in the dark, as the Polar Night had well and truly cloaked it by 4pm. I arrived at the docks at 6.30, ready to get in a minibus and hunt down the Northern Lights and I arrived just in time to see Nordlys raise anchor (untie from the dock) and start moving north. The sea was absolutely still, a mirror for the lights of the ship, the bridge, the Arctic Cathedral, the full moon and the eastern part of the city. // #Norway #tromso #Hurtigruten #dark #reflections #polarnight #hurtigrutenweek
We drove west over Tromsø island, across the bridge and up Kvaløya's east coast, with just a hint of Northern Lights in front of us until we reached base camp, a wooden lavvu in a tiny village on the edge of the fjord. The full moon lit up the snowy landscape but it was also going to risk washing out any Northern Lights that showed up. // #Norway #kvaløya #northernlights #aurora
To keep warm in the lavvu between taking photos of the sky, the stars, the wisps of green lights and ourselves, we had a campfire. We toasted marshmallows and had plenty of coffee and hot chocolate and some Norwegian flatbread, which I never found in any supermarket. The butter was too cold and solid to spread, so I softened it over the fire and spread it with my fingers. Always waiting for a yell from outside to tell us if the Northern Lights were out. // #fire #campfire #warm #Norway #northernlights #auroraborealis
We'd been standing outside the lavvu in the cold for several hours and as the night wore on, the Northern Lights became more and more active, if not necessarily brighter. With the Lights making green streaks across the sky and the full moon illuminating the base camp almost as bright as day, it definitely wasn't dark and it was great to be able to get photos of the Northern Lights with something in the foreground apart from total darkness. // #northernlights #kvaloya #auroraborealis #snow #fullmoon #lumix