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Five Things People Never Tell You About The Northern Lights

Northern Lights Kirkenes

There’s always a lot of talk about the Northern Lights but frequently, the most important things are left unsaid. Here are a few pointers you’ll find handy when looking for the Aurora - as well as a couple of facts to throw into general conversation and impress your friends!

• Although most people travel to see the Lights between December and April, they usually appear from August. September is expected to experience some great activity this year

• Many people worry about competing light sources affecting their view of the Aurora. The main problem, however, is actually cloud cover so it is a good idea to rely on local knowledge of the microclimate to identify the viewing areas least affected by cloud

Northern Lights Norway

• The vibrant colours of the Northern Lights are mainly caused by burning gases

• An all red Aurora is very unusual and only occurs when the Lights are over 200 miles above the earth

• The word Aurora comes from the Roman goddess of dawn, while Borealis is named after the Greek word for wind

Go in search of the Northern Lights when you travel to the Arctic regions with The Mighty Fine Company.

8. August 2013 by Joanne Wilson

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