Aurora borealis – just hearing those words make me look outside and check for clear skies. The mystic dance of the lights are a big part of my life. I hope this guide can help to answer your questions.
Different tales and stories about auroras have one thing in common: there is magic seeing the lights in the sky. A tale from the Sami people says that a fox is running across the fells of Lapland and its tail whirls up snow high in the air. So it is not hard to understand why the Finnish word for Aurora Borealis is revontulet (fox fires). Being outdoors at night in complete silence and solitary, I sometimes wonder if I will ever be lucky enough to see that fox..
This guide consists of five parts and the goal are to help
– to understand terms which are commonly used
– to have realistic expectations
– to know when and where to go and what to bring
– to capture some decent aurora photos
– provide you with a list of useful links.
After reading through this guide, you will understand that auroras cannot be predicted perfectly. Certain places and nights may prove to have higher viewing probabilities, but there is no guarantee to see auroras in any certain colors at any certain time in any certain place.