Auroral Display

I first saw an auroral display whilst visiting Iceland at the start of winter, four years ago! Since winter arrived here in North Sweden I have seen the aurora three times already! In addition to that every single auroral dislay here has been stronger than the one that I saw in Iceland.

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Now at the time, I felt incredibly lucky to have seen the aurora at all on that trip, it was only on the very last night of my stay and that is one of the things that has convinced me to travel full time independantly.

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Too often I have travelled places but not had the time to wait for the light and been in a rush because I had to get to the accommodation – I am sure that you all know what I mean.

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So I am going to spend time travelling and either camping or staying at a rented apartment so that I can just wait for the light.

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So, the forecast for the auroral display was the strongest I had seen about a week ago so I decided to go out to the Bjuroklubb Nature Reserve on the Bay of Bothnia.

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This is apparently Sweden’s Eaternmost point and has a promontory on top of which is a lighthouse.

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Now, on this trip I thought that the lookout over the Bay up at the lighthouse would give me an incredible view … and so it would have except for one thing, turns out that the light house works! And it was turned on!!

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OK plan B it is. I walked back down the hill and found this spot on the beach, which actually turned out really well. Especially so since the foreground rocks were lit by the near full moon. They say that the best time to choot the night sky is when the moon is at the other end of its cycle, but here lighting the foreground really helped the image.

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The Bay of Bothnia is an offshoot of the Baltic Sea and separates Sweden and Finland.

 

If you have enjoyed these images of the aurora why not get out and see it for yourself.

Here is a link to the site that I use to track the activity of the aurora.

http://www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-forecast/