Saturday, January 12, 2013

Catch up posting delayed for Northern Lights

We stayed the last two night at a cabin just outside of Skibotn with Corrie's uncle Steve. It's darker there and a little drier which we hoped would improve our chances of seeing the aurora. 

For my Alaskan readers: This is a monument to Gunnar Kaasen and Balto of the 1925 Nome serum run. It turns out Gunnar came to Alaska from Skibotn, Norway.
On the road to Finland.
The sunset in Finland looking south into Sweden at about 1:15 pm.
You may want to adjust the brightness of your monitor for these next photos. 
The Big Dipper is finally in the right place again...
Sadly pictures can't show the way the ribbons of light move and dance.
There was some neat interplay between the clouds and the aurora that I don't remember noticing when I was younger. I only remember seeing good aurora on perfectly clear nights in AK. 
The bright spot between the branches is Jupiter.
We forgot about getting ourselves in a picture until the show was almost over. 
We learned how to play Backgammon while waiting for holes in the clouds.


  1. I'm jealous. During my trip to Norway I was too far South and surrounded by too many city lights to see the Aurora.

    1. Sorry you missed them Shannon. The lights do come a lot further south over the western hemisphere... You could just drive up to Northern BC, and there is a really nice hot springs there to watch them from too...