A long time ago, and I mean a long time ago, at least 13 years ago I saw Aurora Borealis in a magazine. I was really surprised that something like that could exist. At that time, I thought that it would be great to be able to see them live but I had no clue how I’d be able to see them.
I read that they are visible in Norway and Sweden. From time to time, I’d stumble upon pictures and videos of Northern lights on internet and would watch them with interest. From Pakistan to Norway, it was a long distance and it was almost impossible to see them live.
Fast forward, I started my career as a programmer and a few years later I ended up in Amsterdam. Believe me or not, Aurora was one of the motivations for me to move to Europe. Once a colleague of mine (he is currently on a bike journey from UK to India) asked me why I moved to Europe and I told him, to travel and to see Aurora 🙂
This year, before my trip to Balkans, I read online the September and October are the best months to see the Northern lights. I said screw it, I am gonna go there. I got the tickets and booked an apartment on Airbnb in Tromso. Following is the story of my search of Northern Lights.
- Day 1: Anxious, Cold, Wet, Disappointed and Lonely
- Day 2: Bad Burger, Coffee, The Search & The Hope
- Day 3: Autumn Struck Walk, The Good Romanian, Awesome Pizza, A Mighty Fight & The Night We Got Lucky
- Day 4: Confident, Warm, Dry, Happy and Loved
Bonus: Here is my guide on how to find Northern lights – How to hunt for Northern Lights