Night Activities Northern Lights Senja Tromso

What do the Northern Lights actually look like? Wandering Owl has the answer.

Our favourite question.
Every guest wants to know what the Northern Lights actually look like. There are a lot of creative images circulating out there, so we are here to let you know if it could be real or not.

So many people come with very different ideas of what the Aurora Borealis looks like. We’ve heard everything! Let’s get this clear: Northern Lights can white-ish, green, pinkish, reddish, blueish – depending on so many factors. Northern Lights can be bright and brilliant in colour, they can look soft and gentle, they can simply be a glow in the sky. Some nights they are so bright and bold, others they are only visible by camera. We almost never know exactly what we will get on different nights.

Every single day they are different. In different parts of the world they can look different depending on the gases they bump into. We have created a gallery for you to see exactly how different they can look. Those shots are on different nights, depending on the environmental conditions. Check out our gallery Aurora Magic. It is true, many people do photoshop their images, however Wandering Owl and most reputable companies do not excessively photoshop any photos. Our purpose of taking photos is for our love of photography and the smiling faces of our guests. So you can remember the evening and the experience including all the feelings that went along with it. Most of the over edited photos circulating are from travellers and novel photographers eager to experiment with colour – which is fun!

Managing my own expectations regarding the Northern Lights

If you create your own expectations around the idea that you will have an enjoyable night out in the Arctic wilderness regardless, if you see Northern Lights or not, then you will likely feel very satisfied with the adventure.

Some evenings the activity is bright and colourful, on others it can be barely visible. Here is a link to our Instagram. There you can check out images of different Northern lights as they appear each evening, depending on the environmental conditions.

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