Where? – Talking about north, anywhere around and beyond the Arctic Circle line.
When? – From September until the first days of April. Out of this time frame nights are getting too bright here.
What time? – I wish I knew. However, I believe you should try between 8 pm and midnight.
Can I take a picture of Aurora with my phone? – Technically yes. If your phone camera is good, just go on manual settings and change them to night photography. Yet, the best pictures are taken with DSLR or mirrorless cameras on a tripod. If you’re lucky enough your guide will be able to help you with taking a good picture. Make sure you learn the camera settings in advance, so you don’t have to try to guess them on the spot.
How long? – Aurora can stay on the sky anything from a few minutes up to several hours.
Is it going to be the same as in the pictures I’ve seen on the internet? – Most likely not. Yet, similar, online pictures are often photoshopped, so the lights look more saturated than in real.
What’s the color of Aurora? – It is mostly green. Sometimes you can see shades of purple or red.
Can I see Aurora if it’s cloudy? – Well, not impossible, but you have to be lucky to have a break in the clouds. If the clouds are very thick and don’t move, you won’t see any lights other than those from the fire that your guide will make for you. However, here in North, the weather changes in a blink of an eye and clouds can move away as fast as they came. A basic rule is: if you can see some stars, then the sky is clear enough to spot Aurora. Completely clear sky would be great, but it’s not a must.
Wishing you good luck on your next Aurora hunt!