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Matt Derrick

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Aug 4, 2006
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Lofoten by Campervan: Watching the Northern Lights on Haukland Beach

I glanced out the van window and noticed a faint green coloured mist in the sky.
So I took a walk with my camera and came back 3 hours later with these photos…
In this post I’ll share with you my first experience with the Northern Lights. And I’ll show you a good place to watch them in the Lofoten Islands – as well as where to park your van, of course.

We were camping on a beach in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

The beach is Haukland Beach on the north side of the islands: Google map link


8:30pm: there was a faint green glow in the sky, from behind the mountain


8:32pm: I ran down to the beach with my camera


9:30pm: Now I’m certain this is the Aurora Borealis


10:30pm: I stood on the beach and experienced this totally new kind of night sky


11pm: The green glow reflected on water as it got stronger and stronger


Before reducing to a focused beam in a matter of minutes


12am: And then it reappeared behind me, showering over the mountain peaks


12:30am: You might have heard me going ‘woahhhhh’


Here’s a short time lapse

This is 12 shots each having a 10 second exposure – total of 2 minutes

Back at the van the clouds were coming over quickly, defusing the alien-green light over the landscape


The van-neighbours must have slept through the whole thing


This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen/experienced.

After this night we spent the next week chasing the Northern Lights around the Lofoten Islands.

I might do a couple more posts about the Aurora – how to find it and how to photograph it – if you’re interested?
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Jun 16, 2017
Damn, I'm living in my van in the UK and I've never been there. Stunning, I will have to go one day, unless of course Brexit actually causes the UK to implode!
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