Aurora Myths

Just some Myths here around the Aurora Borealis, don’t accept everything people tell you!

* To see the Aurora, it must be very cold.
What? What’s the connection between Magnetic storms and temperature? This one is very bad! I saw beautiful Auroras regardless if it was -4°, -8° or -15° Celsius!

Picture taken on the kvaløya island / Tromso. It was around -8 and this is the most strong display I have ever seen.

Picture taken on the kvaløya island / Tromso.
It was around -8C and this is the strongest display I have ever seen.

 

* The moon shouldn’t be full to see a good Aurora.
Ahnnnn? Just check the background picture of this website, please. If the Aurora is very faint the light of the moon might affect the display, yes, but for good Auroras I really prefer to have a full moon… I’TS AMAZING!

* The Northern Lights is a very rare phenomenon.
Heim? That’s not true! 10% of the nights I went hunting I did not see the Lights, If you are hunting on the places I have specified on the page When ‘n Where, and make sure to avoid the cloudy places, you will probably see something.
OBS. I don’t have as Aurora switch with me, it means I CAN’T GUARANTEE ANYTHING HERE, OK?

* The place XYZ is the best place to see the Aurora on earth.
Whua? There is no best place since the Aurora show over the Poles, the whole Aurora Zone is a good place, however, we have to bear in mind the cloudy conditions and some places are drier than others. Simple. But there is no best place really.

* After a very strong display you can go to sleep because you won’t see more lights.
Whataa? Believe me, I heard this from a “Aurora Guide”, when I’m chasing the Northern Lights I tend not to give up until I’m really done and very tired. I did not traveled more than a day sometimes to give up. I’ve seen more than once strong and BEAUTIFUL displays with a ~2 hours gap between them.

* You can’t see the Lights unless it’s completely dark.
Eh? I saw lights from the middle of Tromso city, even more than once. Of course, it’s much better to be in a place without light pollution, but you definitively can see the Lights from the city! I don’t recommend being there waiting for the lights, but they can be seen.

Frame taken from a Timelapse I was recording on the Tromso Harbour, a lot of lights :-)

Frame taken from a Timelapse I was recording on the Tromso Harbour, a lot of lights :-)