It was my thrid trip to hunt for polar lights.
Be careful, polar light photography can end in an obsession.
It is as infectious as the Virus Africanum and the Arctic Virus.
It was my third attempt to photograph polar lights.
The first attempt was in February 2014 in the Kusamo area in Finland.
We had low clouds the whole week. No sun, no moon. no stars no polar lights.
Everything was white in the mountains. There was no horizon between snow on the ground and clouds in the sky.
The trees were covered by snows completely.
It looks like somebody has given me a "black-and-white" memory card.
It was a very relaxed vacation.
The winter weather in Finland can be stable.
You can have clear sky for several weeks or clouds for several weeks.
Wolves, bears and wolverines are on my bucket list, too.
The sun has an 11 year cycle. Four years high activity and 7 years low activity.
The solar cycle is heading to the low activity period.
There will be polar lights in the low activity period, too. But with lower energy and a smaller probability for flares.
Tromsö is the self named capital of polar lights.
It is easy to reach and has an excellent infrastructure.
I would not recommend a hotel in the centre of the town.
The parking fees are very high.
It is better to go for a BB or Hotel outside of the town.
Tromsö is located very close to the polar light circle.
There are good chances for polar lights, even with very low activity.
I have seen lights even with very low Kp numbers around 0.33 to 0.67.
Then you have just a faint stripe in east-west direction.
Depending of the weather forecast, you can either drive to the mainland or to the islands.
I strongly recommend to go out, even if probability for clear sky or gaps between clouds is low
and the solar activity prediction is very.
Sometimes something magic happens (Grötfjord, west of Tromsö):
Edited by Photo-Kiboko, 02 May 2016 - 09:52 AM.
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