Our sky dances in ribbons of green, purple and red.
The northern lights are the most fascinating phenomena ever witnessed by humans.
The northern lights in Norway, also known as Aurora Borealis in the northern latitudes, is named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. The northern lights often lights up the night sky in Arctic Norway in a way that can be described as an undulating sea of bright red, purple, green and white. We offer very interesting northern lights packages that can be purchased straight away when you are here.
Our northern lights adventures offer an exciting chase for the northern lights. We will search for clear skies, maybe make a campfire, eat traditional norwegian food, and enjoy the great outdoors, while the northern lights are dancing above us.
The best season to see the northern lights in Arctic Norway is from September to April. The darkest months here are between November & February, but these months also have the worst weather. Remember you need a combination of darkness, clear skies, and strong activity.
Witnessing Norway’s northern lights during the summer is pretty rare, due to 24 hours of sunlight per day.
The more time you spend in Arctic Norway, the better your chances are too. If you’re only visiting on a 2 day stopover, you’ll need a LOT of luck to see them. We recommend spending at least 7 days if you want to find the lights.
One way our ancestors used to celebrate the winter season here in Arctic Norway was telling stories about the Gods, about fantastic journeys and about the weather.
It’s one of these weather stories about the Aurora Borealis I’d like to share with you now, simply because it’s very precious to us here at Alvebakken.
Legend has it that the King of the Land Faeries wanted to marry the Queen of the Air Faeries and at first she wouldn’t have anything to do with him. But he really loved her, so he kept on trying to change her mind. He asked her what he could do that would make her think kindly of him. And he asked her this question again. And again.
The Queen of the Air Faeries got a little bit fed up with the King always asking how he could impress her and she decided she would ask him to do something that was almost impossible. She told the King of the Land Faeries that he could give her a party in her land, but he had to impress her with music, colour and dancing. She was a very fussy Queen indeed and she did not think any mere King of the Land Faeries would come close to impressing her with any of these things, for didn’t she rule a land where the colours of sunsets and sunrises were wonderful, where the wind made music through the trees and the clouds danced along behind them? Ha! Let the King of the Land Faeries sort all THAT out.The King of the Land thought and thought. He called his clan together and chose a dozen of his best dancers. He chose a dozen of his best musicians. And he chose a dozen of his best artists. He took all of them to the castle of the Faery Queen of the Air and gave the Queen her party. There were colours. There was music. There was dancing. And all of them were mixed together in a way the Queen had never seen before – the colours danced across the sky, moving in time to the sweetest music she had ever heard. The Queen of the Air Faeries was entranced by them and she and her court merrily danced with the magical lights the King of the Land Faeries had made for her.This is what we see from the earth as we watch the lights: the party the King gives to the Queen, trying to impress her and get her to marry him. The King’s artists paint the air around the King’s dancers and musicians and the sky dances with the light, colour and music from the party.
I don’t know if the King will ever get the Queen to agree to marry him now. I rather suspect she likes the beauty of the parties the King throws for her too much to ever say yes to becoming his wife….and up here we LOVE that beauty too!
Visit Arctic Norway
All-season vacation rental 25 m² roundhouse, in the Arctic Norway on the island of Sandhornøy. Enjoy the privacy of a romantic getaway, family holiday, wildlife viewing, beach-combing or rest and relax. The possibilities are endless!
Exclusively yours for the duration of your visit, whether your party consists of one, two or four people. Our secluded roundhouse is located in natural wilderness on the island of Sandhornøy, 1 hour away from the main city of Bodø.
The roundhouse timber cottage is a one room studio witch can support groups up to four. Enjoy the privacy of a romantic getaway or family holiday.