Northern Lights from Kvaløyvågen

Last night the northern light forecast was really good, AND it was a perfectly clear night! So we decided to drive to Kvaløyvågen, a small village north of Tromsø from where we thought we’d have good views to the north without any city lights. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there, and we already saw the northern lights while driving. We drove to the end of the road, and continued on snowshoes. There were no lights there, but the moon was shining brightly – luckily to the south though! When we first got there, the northern lights were out, but very subtle.  Below you can see the moonlit landscape… it was beautiful!

After a while, the aurora became more active and much brighter. It was so beautiful! The views over the fjord were amazing, with the northern lights reflecting in the water. The circle in the second photo started out really big and quickly became smaller and smaller – a fantastic sight!

 

We finally made it back home at half past 1 in the morning… very tired! More active northern lights are expected next week, so I hope we get another chance to go out and take photos!

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8 Responses to “Northern Lights from Kvaløyvågen”

  1. atmozphere says:

    hanneke… this is just amazing… for some strange reason (I wonder why…hahhah) I remember your fairbanks aurora photos taken on April 23/24 (friday/saturday) 2004. I just sent the link to your site to my office mate and good friend and he wonders about the details (exposure and all that for me strange stuff… )

    this is truly fabulous!!!!

  2. Hanneke says:

    Thanks! It was so beautiful…

    Hehehe, did you know I actually don’t have any photos from that night?? I ran home as quickly as I could politely do (was walking Celia home..) to get my camera, woke up Kim to tell her to come too (it was 3 in the morning!!) and then when we got outside they were gone… I was so frustrated!! (and embarrassed for waking up Kim!)

    Here are the technical details for your friend: Taken on a Canon EOS 350D, ISO 400, f/5, 25-30 seconds exposures.

  3. atmozphere says:

    oh s***, I thought the pics I saw earlier on your blog were from that night…hahahahaha… yeah, now I remember the story of getting back and waking kim … but I thought you managed to take some photos.. anyway I knew something did happen on that night… so ok I was referring to some other photos then those I thought were taken on 04/23-24/04 hahahaha…

    thanks for the info.. he’s going to appreciate it … and guess what he’s 1/2 dutch 1/2 norwegian (well this doesn’t have anything to do with the previous text but I thought it was interesting)!!!

  4. Hanneke says:

    I do believe something happened on that night HAHA. Anyway ;) Say hello to your 1/2 Dutch, 1/2 Norwegian friend!!

  5. atmozphere says:

    it sure did.. hahahahah.. I will say hello to him.. have a good one!! ;)

  6. Absolutely STUNNING!! I am so jealous. It’s 2am here in AK, and I’ve been looking outside every hour hoping for a display. No luck yet. How wonderful for you! You got amazing shots!

  7. Aline says:

    He Hanneke,

    For some weeks I didn’t watched your blog, but now I see the most amazing pictures of the northern light.

    You made my day already this morning with your pictures!!!

    Greets from Petten

  8. Hanneke says:

    @Susan: thanks a lot :) Let’s hope for an amazing display in Fairbanks next week!!

    @Aline – I am glad my photos made your day :) Hope to get some more next week! Have a good weekend!!