Red Aurora

On Monday evening I was tired after a busy day, and I was about to go to bed… I knew the aurora was active but it was too cloudy, still I took one last look at the webcam located in the next valley. I noticed it had cleared up and there was RED aurora… something I have only seen once before, and that was in the Netherlands. A big auroral storm was happening, and I couldn’t stay at home! Thanks to Facebook, we also got Eelke and Roy to join us :D It was an incredible show! The northern lights were seen all over Norway that night, much further south than they normally do. The sky was filled with pulsating northern lights, and at times we could see deep red colours. We also saw the corona overhead, very impressive.

Northern lights reflected in a puddle - actually I was so excited when we saw the lights that I stepped straight into a puddle that was more than ankle deep.. oops! The corona showing overhead

Red aurora! More red aurora, so pretty

A red beam of aurora Paul posing with the northern lights

The sky was just FILLED with aurora, crazy! One last photo before going home...

We stayed out until 2:30 in the morning… and I only went to bed reluctantly. The lights were active through the rest of the night, until dawn! What a night :)

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17 Responses to “Red Aurora”

  1. GonzoTourist says:

    Cool! Beauty :)

  2. Wonderful Hanneke!

    I`m glad you also got to see the red auroras!

    All the best, Fredrik

    • Hanneke says:

      Thanks Fredrik! It was very special. I love your photos too :) I am hoping for another nice show, but no luck so far…

  3. Martha says:

    OH WHAT A NIGHT INDEED!! Thank you for sharing. Saw the webcam animation. I am just totally fascinated. I consider myself as really having seen the Aurora in action. I think I would be totally overwhelmed if I ever witness it in real life. Your pics are just marvelous!!! What a spectacle!!

    • Hanneke says:

      Martha, nothing compares to seeing it for real, but those animations are the closest you can get! Who knows, perhaps they will be visible as far south as Las Vegas this winter, but you need to find a dark place which might be a bit hard :P

  4. anjči says:

    Goodness. Now that IS impressive! I believe either National Geographic or Lonely Planet had a post about that night’s display on their feed, too. Spectacular.

    Hanneke, I wanted to ask you (as a trusted local) if I need to book any events for the Film Festival in Jan — and if yes, which ones would you consider the most interesting? Are you planning to attend any?

    Take care : )

    • Hanneke says:

      Yes this was a very special display, it reached very far south as well.

      I am so sorry for not getting back to you sooner! I’ll write you a longer email, but to quickly answer your question: I am not sure which events you mean, but I mostly just go to see films. There is an opening ceremony (including a free one in the town square – which I found quite boring: mainly speeches!) and some more film-related events but I don’t tend to go there. The films do actually sell out, so it might be worth checking the program out before you get here.

  5. Dani & Paul says:

    Hanneke, we met you on Monday and thanks to you we were watching the sky cam and saw the green lights earlier in the night. So annoyed that we gave up at about 11 though as it was a once in a lifetime show that we missed!!! We got taken out on a tour Wednesday night though where it was clear and there was a beautiful display that we got to see for over an hour so we can go home happy!
    It was lovely meeting you and I’m sure we’ll be back to this beautiful place.
    All the best,
    Dani and Paul

    • Hanneke says:

      Hello Dani and Paul,
      I am so glad to hear that!! I was feeling a bit frustrated that I didn’t ask for your phone number as I could have sent you a warning… very glad to hear you did see the display 2 days later. I was in the Netherlands by then, but my boyfriend told me it was a nice and active one.
      Happy travels!

  6. You are so lucky! We had zero visibility but the rest of the US saw it all over the place! It’s been quiet here lately.

    • Hanneke says:

      Very lucky indeed, I thought we would be under cloud cover too, but it cleared up just in time. I am sure there will be more this winter :)

  7. Dave & Pauline says:

    Hanneke,
    Amazing pictures- what a show that night! Have you seen the red aurora before?

    • Hanneke says:

      Hello Dave & Pauline – I saw it once before, but that was in the Netherlands! The red aurora is at a higher altitude than the green one, and since we are usually right underneath the aurora in Tromsø, we don’t see the red. When you’re further away, you can see both. This time the aurora reached so far south that we could see it too! Very nice :)

  8. Amazingly beautiful!