27 December 2012

The Northern Lights.

Partnered post:

Several years ago I went to Norway.  I was young, free and single then, with all the time in the world, plenty of cash to splash and it was where I fancied travelling to at the time.  I can't tell you why I felt like going there (because I don't know), but I can tell you that it was where I first ate smoked salmon and enjoyed it, that the scenery was spectacularly beautiful and that I got off the plane at the wrong airport, which would have been the right one, if I'd had the sense to make the Northern Lights part of my plans. 

Every Christmas, when I make scrambled eggs with smoked salmon for breakfast, I am reminded of my trip and I always wonder about the Aurora Borealis - their correct term. The actress Joanna Lumley was so fascinated by this extraordinary natural phenomenon, where the sky is filled with a variety of hues of the rainbow that the BBC made a documentary about her fulfilling her life long ambition to see them for herself. 

Apparently, these 'lights' are created by fast particles from space hitting the top of the earth's atmosphere....  




Picture - National Geographic.




Picture - National Geographic.


... and we are now in the period known as 'Solar Maximus,' which only happens every 11 years.  This means there is heightened sunspot activity, offering more chances to see them.  They're normally best visible September - April.

I do wish I'd been more clued up before booking that holiday, because I can't think of anything more special to witness, yet my kids would love it, being into science and space and such things.  At that time, however, they were mere sparks of my imagination.

So these days, I'm no longer young, free or single, nor is there much cash to splash, but when there is, a return trip to Scandinavia is definitely on the cards and, next time, we'll all know exactly why we're going!

12 comments:

  1. The Northern lights are definitely on my bucket list too. Spectacular. I saw the documentary with JL but I'd love to see them myself first hand.

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  2. I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights. They hid from me when it rained on a winter trip to Iceland and even avoided me when I lived in Aberdeen for a few years.
    Maybe in 2013...

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    1. It looks like that's the year to go - and it fits in perfectly with your wanting a new venture!

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  3. Hello - hope you had a lovely Christmas. We were talking about the Northern Lights on Boxing Day as my cousin and his fiance had been on holiday to Iceland to see them. I was fascinated not only by the lights but by the fact that they had been on a 3 hour night-time trip to see them where the coach driver whizzed around frantically trying to spot them. Like some kind of Tornado chaser. Fascinating.

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    1. Yes, they sound and look like a miracle it would seem and it's great to know this is a good time to go with the Solar Max thing X

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  4. My cousin is going in February and I'm sooooo jealous. They're something that I'd love to see sometime

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    1. Oooh, lucky them and the perfect time. Yes, the more I think about it, the more I want to go!

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  5. They just look so beautiful and it's like they're doing some kind of dance whenever I've seen them on telly. Hopefully, one day soon, you wil have a chance to go again!

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  6. I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights - maybe one year . X.

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