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When is the best time to see the Northern lights?

The best time to see the Northern lights is during the dark hours when the sky is clear of clouds, typically between 17:00 and 02:00. The aurora is most active around the equinoxes in March and September, and it becomes more intense following a sunspot cycle peak. The waxing and waning of the moon do not affect the visibility of the Northern lights.

What temperatures should I expect?

The temperatures in Tromsø can vary throughout the Northern Lights season. In September, the average daily temperature is around 6.9°C, while in October it drops to 2.7°C. By November and December, temperatures reach -1.2°C and -3.4°C respectively. In January and February, expect temperatures around -4.4°C and -4.3°C, with a slight increase to -2.8°C in March. It's important to note that wind-chill factor can make it feel colder. To prevent frostbite, ensure you dress appropriately and take necessary precautions.

How will I know if the Northern Lights will appear?

Answer: While there is no guarantee of seeing the Northern Lights, you can rely on northern lights forecasting, which is often more accurate than weather forecasts. The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska provides excellent resources, including a website and email alerts, allowing you to monitor predicted activity on the Kp scale. Other websites also offer helpful predictions for the aurora borealis.

Where are the Polar Nights?

The Polar Nights occur within the Arctic Circle, which is located at 66°33’N. During the winter solstice, the sun remains below the horizon, resulting in a continuous period of darkness. However, there is always a faint twilight present as the sun hovers just below the horizon. The duration of the Polar Nights increases the further north you travel within the Arctic Circle.

How do I photograph the Northern Lights?

To photograph the Northern Lights, using an SLR camera with long exposures of 10 to 20 seconds and a tripod is recommended. Opt for a lens with a wide aperture and a wide angle for the best results. Consider using foam on your tripod legs to prevent skin from sticking to the metal in cold conditions. It's advisable to carry spare batteries kept warm close to your body, and avoid bringing the camera indoors to prevent condensation. Find a location with foreground elements for perspective, set ISO to 400, focus to infinity, and open up the aperture. Remember to take moments to enjoy the show and consider the challenges of filming the Northern Lights.

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Welcome to Polar Adventures, your gateway to unforgettable experiences in the Arctic region. We offer a wide range of tours and activities, from thrilling dog sledding and snowmobile safaris, to scenic fjord cruises and Northern Lights chases. Our experienced guides and staff are dedicated to providing you with the best possible adventure, while ensuring your safety and comfort. Come and discover the magic of the Arctic with us!