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The Arctic Circle marks the boarder for the midnight sun and the polar night. The further you go north, the longer these periods last. From November to January, the sun is below the horizon all day. Although even in the darkest period when the sun never rises in the sky there are a few hours of dawn in the middle of the day when the light can be unbelievably beautiful.
Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis
As the name suggests the Northern Lights are particularly associated with the polar regions and Troms and Finnmark is one of the best places to see them. Broadly speaking there is a chance on seeing the Northern Lights any evening when it is dark and clear, with the period from October to March being the best time.
Northern lights are formed when electrically charged particles from the sun – the solar wind – enter the earths magnetic field. The magnetic field guides the particles to the regions around the earth’s magnetic poles. High up in the atmosphere, above 90km, the particles are stopped by the gases in the atmosphere. Part of the particle energy is transformed into light. The colours of the aurora are determined by the gases present in the atmosphere at any given time, mainly nitrogen and oxygen.
You can find more information on the Northern Lights – www.northern-lights.no
Visit Norway have recently published a 16-page supplement in The Daily Telegraph. Take a look in more detail here