Aurora in Norway

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How to find Aurora in Norway

There’s hardly anyone who hasn’t come across the aurora online, in a photo, or on a poster. However, experiencing it live is a privilege only a few have. To join those ranks, you’ll need a few pointers on where and how to catch the aurora in Norway.

Firstly, remember that there’s never a guarantee that you’ll see the aurora one hundred percent during your stay, even if you follow all the tips. It’s like predicting the weather for a vacation—you don’t have 100% control over it.

The aurora in Norway doesn’t differ much from those in other countries, but due to the long nights here for half of the year, Norway it’s an excellent place for aurora hunting.

First and foremost, you need to choose the right month. The aurora, visible only in the dark, won’t surprise you during the summer season. The best months for aurora hunting in Norway are from October to February, though it’s still possible to encounter it in March or even end of September if you are closer to northern Norway.

The farther north, the darker and colder it gets, increasing the chances of seeing the aurora. However, not everyone can endure the extreme cold to stand outside and observe the aurora. Some prefer to enjoy its glow from places closer to the center of the country. So, if you’re not an extreme enthusiast, I recommend heading to the Geiranger area—nearest airport: Ålesund. Additionally, is also a well-connected area with budget flights, making your trip budget-friendly. Geiranger and its surroundings, like Eidsdal and Norddal, are located in an area where there’s minimal light pollution. It’s a region committed to preserving nature, so you won’t find structures or objects obstructing the clear sky.

The best time to spot the aurora in Norway is during a chill/cold day when the sky is clear, and the moon is not full. A full moon provides a lot of light, reducing the visibility of the aurora.

Patience is key here. A weekend trip might not be enough to see the aurora in Norway.
It’s better to plan a more extended stay, enjoying not only the aurora but also engaging in skiing, winter activities, walks, and long evenings by the fireplace with mulled wine.

Waiting for the aurora doesn’t have to ruin your work. If you can work remotely, bring your computer and visit one of the coworking spaces in the area. Renting cottages and office spaces during this period is exceptionally cheap, and local guides can help you catch the aurora in the area. You can check out sample prices for work and sleep spaces here: [coworking link].

An app on your phone that sends alerts during increased solar activity can be helpful in aurora hunting in Norway. However, remember that aurora hunting is a 24-hour endeavor, and an alert might pull you out of bed in the middle of the night. But it’s worth it because witnessing the aurora in Norway is an unforgettable experience.

Sometimes, when we see a green glow over the mountains, we’re not sure if it’s the aurora. Than you can take a photo with a camera or phone with a longer exposure time. Extended exposure will reveal even the slightest hint of the aurora. That’s why, the internet is full of impressive bright green glows in the sky, which, in reality, are just a pleasant green painting in the sky.

So, remember to bring a tripod, a camera with an extended exposure time, and find the right spot. If you’re observing the aurora from your room’s window, be ready for the perfect frame when it appears. You can park your car in a strategic location, and during the show, just hop on its roof and take a memorable selphie against the backdrop of the Norwegian aurora.

Seeing the aurora in Norway with your own eyes is not the same as the most beautiful photo on the internet. It’s a magical experience that becomes addictive, making you want to return to Norway every winter and autumn, and with off-season bookings for accommodation and coworking spaces at fjordcowork, it becomes even more easy and possible.

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