The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. They are best viewed in Northern Norway between October and March, because the polar night makes them easier to see. The lights are visible in a belt around the magnetic North Pole. The best season to see the them in Iceland is from September to mid-April – these are the months where there are full dark nights.
If there is any phenomena in nature that has brought me down to my knees and made me cry, it is the Northern Lights that I was blessed to see when I was visiting northern Norway in early March this year. I was a guest at the Lyngen Lodge - a high-end luxury lodge located 500 km north of the Arctic Circle, at a latitude of almost 70 degrees north. The lodge with a wide open view into space, snow covered mountains and a glistening fjord provides a breathtaking setting for experiencing the Northern Lights.
Out of the four nights I was at the lodge, I saw the lights on two consecutive nights. The first night was the 'Big Show' with big solar flares and transparent multi-colored lights fluttering and dancing in ribbon-like patterns across the night sky over the lodge and the fjords across the lodge. This show lasted about ten minutes. The second night the lights stayed almost all night long, forming interesting patterns as they flickered and scintillated over the stars and the sky above the lodge. My room window had such a magnificent view of the lights dancing across the fjords and the night sky, that I could also see them as I lay in my bed to sleep....heck, I could barely sleep!
There was also a photography session at the lodge teaching the guests how to shoot the lights. All the photographs of the northern lights in this post, I have clicked myself.