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Photo of the Week: My First Glimpse of the Northern Lights

Aurora Over Camp Tamok

The northern lights blaze across the sky over Camp Tamok in the Lyngen Alps.

My night at Camp Tamok didn’t start out as a very promising one for the northern lights. It had been snowing heavily in Tromsø, where we had boarded a bus for a 1h15m bus ride out into the Lyngen Alps. That snow followed us south and continued to fall all through the night-time dogsledding trip I went on (which was a fantastic experience even without the skies lighting up with green above us).

Halfway through our trip, we stopped and our guide told us to turn off our headlamps. The skies immediately transformed; suddenly, I was seeing stars that I hadn’t noticed only minutes before. Their light sparkled everywhere in the sky, and I was so happy to see them that I didn’t even mind that they weren’t accompanied by the northern lights.

After our sledding trip, as we were walking into a Sami lavvu to have a hot meal, I looked up to the sky and said, “Is that what I think it is?!” Sure enough, before our eyes it began to morph, expanding to take up more of the sky above the mountains before turning a bright enough green that there was no doubt as to what it could be. I stood there open-mouthed, excited that I was finally seeing the northern lights after 8 nights (across 2 trips) of patiently scanning the skies. It was such a moving experience that I nearly missed out on getting a photo of it!

I went to Camp Tamok courtesy of Lyngsfjord Adventure. All opinions stated here are my own.

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3 Responses to Photo of the Week: My First Glimpse of the Northern Lights

  1. Jennifer March 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Glad you saw the Northern Lights. That’s the thing about the Arctic – the weather can literally change in an instant.

  2. Linda ~ Journey Jottings March 18, 2013 at 12:41 am Reply

    What a highlight!
    And what a fantastic trip 🙂
    Loving following your trails and tales on FB!

    • Kristin April 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm Reply

      Thanks Linda! It really was a fantastic trip — so much so that it’s still hard to process how much I did there! Everything was as good or better than described, which doesn’t often happen. And thanks so much for following along — I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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