We are out of the winter’s Polar Night, two months of near-total darkness. The day stretches about ten hours and the city bustles while the sun is visible.
And then it quickly grows dark.
All across the city, from our ship and from hotels, come wide-eyed visitors bundled up in nearly every piece of clothing they brought with them. They are headed into the countryside to wait and watch for one of nature’s most astounding sights: the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.
They begin as filmy greenish clouds and then grow denser and begin to dance. The human eye is particularly sensitive to green, and that is the tipoff to raise your camera skyward. And modern digital cameras take in all of that light and produce amazing images that will stay with us forever.
Here are some of the pictures I made during a six-hour trek with some professional aurora hunters:
Near midnight the aurora began dancing.
When you watch the aurora you understand how many human myths and beliefs were formed: dragons, specters, and pathways to the heavens.
All photos above by Corey Sandler, 2019. All rights reserved. All contents copyright Corey Sandler and Word Association; this website is not produced or endorsed by Viking Cruises.
Photo of Corey Sandler by Polar Adventures, Tromsø, Norway 8 March 2019.