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Experience the Natural Phenomena of Norway

By HarryFriday 17th May 2013

norway cruises

There are some things that you just have to see with your own eyes. Have you ever noticed how looking at that stunning view you captured on your camera isn’t quite the same as gazing at the real thing? Sometimes you have to travel far and wide to witness that perfect vista or rare phenomenon first hand. I’m talking solar eclipses, the shadow which descends down the serpent of Temple Kukulcan in Mexico during the spring and autumn equinoxes, and that giant tidal bore, known as Pororoca, loved by surfers in Brazil. It may come as a surprise to some that Norway has some of the most impressive on the list.
From the midnight sun and polar nights, Norway is the go-to destination for beautiful skies. Our Norway cruises journey to those hard to reach northerly points with some fascinating stops along the way. Read our guide to the best natural phenomena and let these beautiful videos inspire you.

Polar Nights

While Norway’s long winter nights provide the perfect canvas for dramatic northern lights, they also provide a stunning display all of their own. With the Earth tilted on its axis, the sun stays under the horizon in the north during December and January, known as Polar Nights. It casts beautiful light and colours on the landscape. The further north you go the longer this phenomenon lasts with the North Cape under two months of atmospheric darkness (a deep midnight blue) while in Tromsø this lasts for about 6 weeks.
Tromsø in the Polar Night from Sven Weum on Vimeo.

Midnight Sun

Summer in this region sees a sun that never sets, also known as Midnight Sun. If you head to northern Norway in the summer you’ll have plenty of hours to fill with adventure. We’re dreaming of long evenings spent gazing at snowy landscapes which glisten under a 24-hour sun. There are sure to be some unforgettable views for you to capture on camera on our Norwegian cruises. Here’s just a glimpse of what you can expect…
Arctic Light (this occurs 2-4 weeks before you can see the midnight Sun)…wow!
The Arctic Light from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Norway at its best!

norway dayNorway isn’t just about snow, northern lights and fjords. Its cities are thriving and one of the biggest celebrations in Norway’s calendar is National Day of Norway (17th May). Norwegians see this as a good excuse to dress up and parade streets filled with flags to commemorate the day it reached independence. If you want to take part or just watch it all happen, you’ll find the biggest celebrations in the cities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.
We think natural phenomena are great reminders that the world is a weird and wonderful place. What’s your favourite natural phenomenon in Norway? Did you capture a stunning light scene in Norway? Share your memories, tips and photos with us below.

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