Norway - Seeing The Northern Lights.

Travel Diary

Having seen the Northern Lights appear over Tromsø town, I was more eager to see them properly than ever. We drove towards the Swedish border, into woodland and away from light pollution. On the way to our intended destination we saw a green tinge appear in the sky, a band which seemed to stretch from horizon to horizon, so we pulled over.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights
Northern Lights

Before our eyes the faint green tinge grew in intensity until a neon green band speckled with stars crossed the sky. It slowly began to widen, dancing and flickering slightly as it changed shape. It is to this day one of my most treasured memories, since I was a child I had longed to see the Aurora and until seeing it in-front of me had wondered what it would be like, are they that vivid in real life? Do they really dance? They were more amazing than I could have even imagined, or than any photo could do justice.

They never seemed to stay still, transforming shape slowly. We watched them for an hour, crouched down in the snow in a lay-by on the side of a Norwegian road.

They faded as quickly as they had shown up, so we continued our drive into the woods. The temperature dropped here considerably, but excited to see the Aurora appear again, I lay in the snow and took photos. The lights danced in the sky, framed by two trees. I was too busy concentrating on trying to take photos to realise how cold I had got and when we eventually traveled home, it took hours to warm up again, it felt as if my bones had brain freeze.

I love these photos so much, they’re out of focus as I took them using a kit lens and without fully knowing how to photograph them -I hope to see them again in the not-so-distant future and do them more justice- but they remind me of such an incredible night and experience. I’ve boosted the contrast and attempted to reduce the noise but otherwise they’re not heavily edited, they really were that vivid.

  • Courtney Williamson

    Wow this looks amazing! It’s on my bucket list to go and see the northern lights and it sounds like such an amazing experience.

    Pretty Mad Things .. x o

    • Amy

      I hope you get to see them Courtney 🙂

  • Rebecca Ireland-Silva

    These photos look amazing! I hope to travel there myself one day.

    • Amy

      Thanks Rebecca! I would recommend it, one of my fav places 🙂

  • Beka Louise

    To see the Northern Lights is something that has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. You got some amazing photos and some memories to treasure. Beautiful!

    Beka. xo | littleworldofbeka

    • Amy

      Thank you! One of my favourite memories for sure.

  • Holly Ah-Thion

    This sounds like such an incredible experience, I would love to see the aurora!

    Holly |

    • Amy

      It really was! 🙂

  • Yige

    Woahhhhh these photos look amazing. Sights like these always seem so surreal to me, like they should belong in a sci fi movie

    YIGE a blog

    • Amy

      Thank you! It did feel really other-worldly there.

  • Elizabeth Swain

    Woah! Can’t tell you how envious I am of you seeing the Northern Lights! Would have been such a surreal experience! Thanks so much for sharing

    Lizzie | Garland Girl

    • Amy

      It was really surreal, but amazing. Thanks Lizzie <3

  • elizabeth

    Oh my goodness, what an incredible experience! It sounds so romantic to just find a quiet place on the edge of the world to watch the Northern Lights 😀 I wonder how many people have gazed up at the same sky to catch a glimpse of them, through the ages. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!! xx

    elizabeth ♡ “Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • Amy

      It was 🙂 I feel so lucky to have seen them. Thank you <3

  • Sally

    I actually don’t mind that they’re out of focus, it makes the stars glow even more! I’m so jealous you got to see them. I saw a very faint version of them when I was in Oslo but nothing like what you experienced! x

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • Amy

      That’s true :). Ah that’s awesome though still, we’ve been to Iceland in Winter twice since and seen tinges but we were very lucky this night I think x

  • TheStyleRawr

    This is my absolute dream! I really hope we see them. I need your help planning our trip, we have no idea where to start haha. 🙂 xx

    • Amy

      Ahh I hope you do too! I’ll DM you my email, if you have any questions just give me a nudge! x

  • Sophie

    stunning photos! I would love to see the northern lights one day 🙂

    • Amy

      Thanks Sophie! I hope you get to go 🙂

  • glitterbat

    These photos are beautiful Amy! I’m going to Iceland in December and absolutely praying that I’ll see the aurora. x

  • Lou

    One of the things I want to do before I die is see the Northern Lights! Knowing my luck I will go and it won’t happen! x
    Louise |

    • Amy

      I’m sure you will 🙂 x

  • Serein

    I’m in love with these photos! They’re gorgeous. Only the last one looks out of focus, but it makes the stars pop! Seeing the Northern Lights is on my wish list. <3



    • Amy

      Thank you Serein! I hope you get to <3

  • Rachel Gaskin

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for all the comments but I am just loving your blog!!! xx

    • Amy

      Ah thank you Rachel! 🙂 xx