Northern Lights start to really shine
Trip Start Feb 28, 2012
5Trip End Mar 04, 2012
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The Solar activity is expected to show a planetary K index of 2 to 3 on a scale of 9 which should translate to good activity with fair chances for impressive Northern Lights ... if the sky will graciously permit ...
The remaining challenge to be resolved is the question were to go and look for those eagerly expected clear sky patches ...?
We ready our equipment including some bath caps to protect the camera and lenses from the elements, prepare sandwiches and thermos tea, jump into our numerous layers of warm cloths, the extra warm boots (Patriot3 by Kamik, Canada) and specialized gloves with heat pads (Heat 3 Smart by The Heat Company, Austria)
Around 5 o'clock in the evening we leave Troms÷ in good moods although the sky is cloudy gray and we face a bit of drizzling rain which changes over time into light snow fall.
This time we head to the west in direction Sommar°y, a little tiny village (about 250 people live in this very remote nest) at the Norwegian Sea some 60 km off Troms÷. The decision to head to the west was taken after studying the local forecast information. Here we expect to have the best chance to see a bit of clear sky. Well, let's see ...
During the long night we changed several times our location, some were very exposed to wind (up to 60 km/hour) and snow, often the clouds were flying, sometimes the moon blinked through the overcast. Our endurance was rewarded with nice Northern Light spectacles in impressive landscape surroundings with atmospheric cloud settings.