Scientifically maximize the possibility to see the Aurora
Hunt the Aurora professionally, even in cloudy weather
Learn to photograph the Northern Lights (even with your phone)
Listen to Earth's "natural radio station" or maybe even to the Aurora
Stop for a hot drink in the Arctic wilderness
Experience the Aurora in an atypical way
This activity is created for those who would like to become, even for a day, an authentic Northern Lights hunter. Let science and your emotions guide you into discovering the elusive Lights, even if the sky is completely cloudy and seeing the Aurora seems hopeless. Avoid disappointment by not seeing the Aurora during the rather short period you're here up North, and let a professional help you maximize your chances of seeing the magical Northern Lights in the winter Arctic Sky! Capture your memories in cool photos, which you will also learn how to take, while having a hot drink in the darkness of the Arctic Night!
You can also hear the Aurora with specialized equipment! Become a "radio amateur" in the search of tuning in Earth's natural radio station, listening to the Universe's sounds or even maybe the Auroral chorus!
Winters in Finnmark are perfect for seeing the elusive Northern Lights! However, seeing the Lights is not as easy as anyone would believe, even though Varanger is situated exactly on the Kp = 0 Auroral Oval (the place on Earth where the probability of seeing the Aurora is at its maximum). In function of the weather and the solar activity, it is often necessary to chase the Northern Lights - that is, to move around the region and try and get a glimpse of the Lights through a cloud clearing. Timing and location are important - and a professional guide knows when and where the best time and spot might be!
We at Aurora Labs, monitor the weather forecast and the auroral activity and will try our best to take you to an ideal spot, and we do our best so that you could see the Northern Lights in all their beauty. As there's not a specific place where the Northern Lights will show up, there's no specific route or starting time for this tour - we may basically go anywhere around the region, in function of the current weather and auroral forecasts. The trip may take us West or East... we may leave at 18:00 or 21:30... there are no rules or limits!
The Northern Lights are one of the most beautiful phenomena that exist in this World! So, why not maximize your chances of seeing them by hunting them with us? And, the best part is that you will live a typical Arctic experience in an atypical manner: the hunt of the Northern Lights from both a scientific and a mystical approach!
There will be at least one stop in the wilderness, for drinking some hot beverages and hopefully seeing the magnificent Northern Lights overhead! It is also a good opportunity to learn more facts about the Aurora Borealis. Do you know what the "magnetic z component" is?
You will also learn how to photograph the Northern Lights with your camera, or even your smartphone.
In addition, there are scientific studies that try to explain the fact that the Northern Lights displays also produce a specific sound. Apart from these scientific claims, here in the Arctic region, there are also stories about eerie sounds that are always associated with the Aurora. Among others, Inuit folklore says it's the sound of the spirits of the dead!
The best part is that the Auroral sounds should be heard with the aid of a specialised equipment, even if the weather is cloudy and the actual Lights are hidden above the clouds! So there is no weather restriction if trying to hear the Northern Lights! We can even do it in summertime, when here we have the sun in the sky even at midnight! The Northern Lights are still there, it's just that we can't see them because of the bright sky!
But anyway... Are these studies and stories just myths? Or is it just a psychological thing in peoples' heads? Why not find out for yourself, by joining our Hear the Aurora activity, where we will drive in the wilderness, and try to tune in to the live "radio station" that is created naturally by the Earth and the Lights themselves!
This activity runs only in winter, but with Aurora Labs, it is possible to experience the Northern Lights even in summer, by listening to them or by discovering them during a workshop dedicated entirely to the Aurora.