ALE in the Arctic

Arctic Winter Programme

The Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, is mesmerising and one of the natural world’s most astonishing phenomena. The Aurora can be seen the strongest near the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Aurora often appears in a striking green or light rose colour, that can change to yellow or red. The Aurora is caused by streams of charged particles from the Sun which are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field towards the Polar Regions.

You can hear first-hand from Astronaut Michael Foale what the Aurora looks like from space and how it differs from our viewing in the Arctic.

The Arctic Circle

The Artic circle in Northern Norway is just about the best place in the world to view the Aurora. An untouched wilderness where mountains dive hundreds of meters into the world famous fjord. It is home to Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami people who live in lavvo (tents), herd reindeer, and are completely at one with nature.

February is the best time to visit the Arctic. The days are longer allowing more snow-clad landscapes during the daytime, and the February evenings offer the best of the Northern light majestic moments. There is no other place on Earth which stands a better chance of spotting the lights, and we will be situated right in the heart of this outstanding area.