Chasing the Aurora Again: Tromso, Norway

Duke Johnson

Day 1 We arrived in Tromso, Norway to totally overcast conditions. After getting settled, we went out in the field as a good auroral substorm was in the works. We never got to see it as we then spent several hours waiting for breaks in the clouds while the rain and sleet came down.

Near Tromso, Norway credit: Desert Skies

Near Tromso, Norway credit: Desert Skies

Day 2 The forecast was again for clouds. Upon the advice of Eric’s friend, we headed for the Lyngen Alps. That was a two hour drive, where we took a wrong turn and ended up just about 10 km shy of the Finnish border. Frustrated, we drove the two hours back to town. About an hour into our drive around 4:00 am, there was a subtle auroral display where we got this picture. If felt good to have at least some shots recorded as we never know what the weather will be like tomorrow.

Day 3 Last night, on the advice of our host and man of the sea, Odd (pronounced Odt.), we headed for a high pass only about 37 km out of town toward the sea. There, we scouted and waited. Since I was really hoping to get a bunch of timelapse sequences for planetarium domes with a 180 degree fisheye lens, I went down the embankment and into a ravine. These are shots from two short increases in activity. We believe that was the only clear location anywhere within several hours drive that night.

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