One of the many things I have always wanted to witness in person is the Northern Lights and I finally got a chance, although brief, to see them during our aptly named final cruise of the Northern Europe season.
As the ship made its way through the Arctic Circle to the port of Honningsvåg, Norway the clouds cleared and they became faintly visible. I grabbed my GoPro and headed up on to the deck which was already occupied by many many passengers. Taking advantage of being a crew member I headed up on to the forward mast, above everyone who kept using flash and was able to capture some impressive photos.
Annoyingly I had forgotten to pack my DSLR camera when I returned this time so had to rely on my GoPro which I must say I am quite impressed with – while they’re no way near perfect photos due to the camera, movement of the ship, etc the lights are clearly visible and I managed to make two short time-lapses from my photos over the two nights sailing too and from Honningsvåg.
I had expected to be able to see bright green lights as we so often see in the movies and the millions of photos people have taken of them in the past, unfortunately during our time sailing up north they weren’t particularly active, showing up as what looked initially like faint white clouds – occasionally becoming faint to dark green at times. Despite this, it turns out that when you use a long shutter length they show up green on your camera so I’m happy I got to see them, but I definitely want to go back to Norway or to Alaska someday and see them from land when they’re really bright and the thing you’re standing on isn’t moving!