Jackpot! When you consider that there are people who make Northern Lights ‘safaris’, travelling miles in the eternal dark of winter just for the chance of seeing them, this had to be a bit of treat, in our shirtsleeves. But not so fast: for it to be dark enough to see the Aurora in September, you must stay up late, and a good show can go on for hours. So even if you’re not shivering in a parka, astride the back of a snowmobile, chances are it is well past your bedtime. But the Northern Lights are not something you can easily turn your back on – not only would it seem a bit rude, but they really are very compelling. It’s like a huge slow-motion firework display with the sound turned off. All you can hear are your own ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and the lapping of waves on shore.
To cut a long story short, it was three o’clock before we got to bed, already sensing a glimmer of tomorrow’s (no – today’s!) sunrise, and wondering if a quick bit of star-gazing from the balcony, nightcap in hand, wouldn’t have been more compatible with a good solid eight hours.
Don’t think this kind of thing is a one-off, either. According to the Aurora-tracker app I downloaded to my phone, there was a moderate chance of seeing something most nights we were there. Even if the Aurora is a bit shy when you visit, just the chance that you might catch a glimpse of its eerie glow (who’d trust an app?) has you up half the night checking the skies.
So think carefully before signing up for the new ooh-aah Inntravel trip to Senja
. You’ll need some stamina, and not just for the walking…