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The Magical Northern Lights

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green, pink, red, yellow and blue

Ranked from most common to most rare, the colours run from green, pink, red and yellow to blue. There are several reasons why the lights display different colours – it depends on what molecules, atoms, ions combine in the atmosphere, but to make things simple, it is common to distinguish the lights by how far away they are.

  • Blue and purple are closer than 95 km
  • Green lights are from 95–241 km away from us
  • Red light is more than 241 km away

The Northern Lights can also overlap to create amazing colour combinations

No snowflake is identical to another – and this is also true of the northern lights.

No two northern lights are exactly identical. Because of the countless patterns and colours, every experience of the aurora borealis is unique. In addition, they are easier to distinguish from one other than snow crystals are.

Tromsø is one of the best places to spot the Northern Lights 


Many people who travel to Tromsø have one thing in mind, too see the magical Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are visible only in certain distance around the Northern Lights Oval, generally in between 80˚ - 60˚ latitude North and South. This fact gives us quite some clue where the best places could be. Take a globe and have a look for yourself the places you can travel between 80˚- 60˚ latitude North and South. This gives ut only a few options to have a holiday rather than an expedition. Tromsø is in the middle of the Northern Lights Oval, which is the area in the world with the highest probability of seeing the Northern Lights. This makes in fact Northern Norway and Tromsø a pretty easy destination too choose.

Tromsø with its position of 69° degree north is therefore one of the best places in the world to spot the Aurora. 

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