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Old 04-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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Question Northern lights

Hi

Hope I can post this here.

I want to make a trip into Northern Europe to try and see the northern lights this September. I am struggling to find accommodation though. Places are either expensive hotels or cabins suited for a group (currently I will be on my own).

Also trying to find out more about great sites to see while I'm there.

Anyone in Sweden, Finland or Norway (or previous visitors) who can help me out? Or who want to join on the trip?

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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Hi.

I'm not sure but I think maybe September is a bit early in the season to see the northern lights (Aurora Borealis). You should check that before you set off to northern Scandinavia if this is the only purpose of the trip. I can think of many other reasons and other things to see as well, at least in Norway.

This place is run by som relatives of mine, they have at least one (hytte/cabin nr. 5), maybe two cabins that are not much larger than a hotel double room, and is also very suitable for a single person. The cabins are not very luxurious, but quite OK. It's about an hour travel outside Tromsø + one ferry.

http://www.finnkroken.no/en/

The cabins:
http://www.finnkroken.no/en/cabins/
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice and the contact!

What other things would you recommend I see if I travel to Norway?
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:52 AM   #4
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How will you travel? Are you going to ride all the way up, or fly?

This is a nice site to find out about what Norway has to offer:

http://www.visitnorway.com/us/?WT.mc...isitnorway_no/

And this may be what you're specifically looking for:

http://www.visitnorway.com/us/What-t...rthern-lights/
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:47 AM   #5
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I am in South Africa so definitely flying! I don't think I could get the leave to ride up

Thanks for the links, will check them out
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:32 AM   #6
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I am in South Africa so definitely flying! I don't think I could get the leave to ride up

Thanks for the links, will check them out
I see, yes that would be quite a trip on a bike.

From the link i gave you about the northern lights,it looks like it should be possible to see it in september. You will need to get out of urban area to see it, a place with no streetlight or other lights nearby, it should be as dark as possible around you.

Have a nice trip.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:48 AM   #7
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Nothern lights is "revontulet" in finnish.
Here are some pictures of them in Finland.
https://www.google.fi/search?q=revon...w=1440&bih=796

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #8
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Those pictures are so epic! I have to see the aurora in real life.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:14 AM   #9
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Here is some advice when and where you can see the Nothern light in Finland.
I used Google translator from a finnish homepage so it may be somewhat funny in english.

"When and where Finland can most certainly see the Northern Lights?

The Finnish Meteorological Institute, according to statistics in the northernmost parts of Lapland, for example, Kilpisjärvi and Utsjoki, northern lights blazing in the sky the night 3 of the 4. Seeing the Northern Lights is, of course, a sufficient condition for the darkness and as a cloudless sky.

The best time for viewing the Northern Lights are the hours of midnight on both sides. Late winter and early autumn are statistically Best times the Northern Lights performances. Spring is also the time on average, low clouds, so March is the recommended time for waiting for the Northern Lights. At that time, skiing weather is the best. In summer it is again too bright to see Nothern lights.

When you move to the south of Lapland, Northern Lights probability decreases. Helsinki the auroras occur according to statistics, about once a month during the dark times of the year, but usually the city lights to prevent their discovery."

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #10
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Here's a website about auroras (click "english" to switch language):

http://aurora.fmi.fi/public_service/
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Here's a website about auroras (click "english" to switch language):

http://aurora.fmi.fi/public_service/
Tämähän on mainio. Hyvää tietoa Etelä-Afrikan miehelle.
Great info in here.
Thanks.

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:52 PM   #12
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Kameran kanssa kun epätoivoisesti koittaa kytätä revontulia niin tuo palvelu on hyvä. Ei tarvitse lähteä tyhjän takia seisomaan ulos jos ei inahdakaan taivaalla.

It's a good service, especially if you like to see them but don't want to stand outside for ages.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #13
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Kameran kanssa kun epätoivoisesti koittaa kytätä revontulia niin tuo palvelu on hyvä. Ei tarvitse lähteä tyhjän takia seisomaan ulos jos ei inahdakaan taivaalla.

It's a good service, especially if you like to see them but don't want to stand outside for ages.
I think you are a specialist to photograph the nothern lights.
According to your finnish comment.

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