Chasing the Light
Where the action is: Northern Norway is the ideal location for observing the northern lights, since the so-called aurora oval runs along the coast of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties. In the centre of this oval are the Vesterålen islands.
Therefore it is entirely natural that the country’s most important land-based northern lights research is done at the northern tip of Andøya, at the rocket launching range and research installation ALOMAR (Arctic Lidar Observatory for Middle Atmosphere Research). More than 50 universities around the world participate in and contribute to this research.
Learn about the Midnight Sun
The sun will shine 24 hours a day in summer-time in Vesterålen. Do we have the northern lights in summer? Yes we do, but at long as the sun shines - we just won't be able to see it. The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon in which the sun is above the horizon at midnight. And the rest of the night. And all day long. We’re talking about weeks and months of life-giving, warming and wonderful light. Visitors to the far north may have had it explained to them, but don’t believe it until they see it.
5 places to see the Northern Lights in Vesterålen
It is possible to see Northern Lights on any clear night in areas with low levels of light pollution, but combining the chase for the Aurora with an activity will make the experience truly magical. Here are five unique places to see Northern Lights in vesterålen: