If you read my blog regularly, you’ll probably already know that I want to see the Aurora Borealis. So much so, it’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember! Today, I am sharing some of the reasons why I want to see the Northern Lights in Norway so much!
Why I Want To See The Northern Lights In Norway
When I was really young, my Dad used to go away fishing now and again. One time, he came back with tales of how he’d seen the Northern Lights. I remember being absolutely awe struck at the idea of the “magic green lights in the night sky” he described. My Dad was in North Scotland at the time, but Norway has always appealed to me more. He passed away in 2007, but I can imagine I’ll feel really close to my Dad if I ever get to see the Aurora in person.
Norway is constantly listed as one of the happiest countries in the world. It took the number one spot in 2017, and I would love to experience the Norwegian laid back life!
Firstly, visiting Norway has always been on my bucket list, too. Combining a visit to Norway with a mission to see the Northern Lights seems like a 2 for 1 kind of deal! When a friend said she was going to book a Norway cruise recently, I was very jealous! With views like these, it’s easy to see why!
Can you imagine looking out of your bedroom window and being able to see the Northern Lights? Amazing! The best time to catch a glimpse of the Aurora is between October and March, so it wouldn’t be a Summer cruise!
Secondly, who doesn’t love a good waterfall? Norway is famous for having some of the most stunning ones in Europe! If this photo is anything to go by, I won’t be disappointed!
Thirdly, it’s no secret I’m a massive History Geek. So it’ll come as no surprise that I’d HAVE to visit at least one museum in Norway. Top of my list are:
Norsk Folkemuseum: This is one of Oslo’s top attractions. It is a large open-air museum, which is dedicated to Norwegian history. It boasts over 150 traditional houses and a church, dating from the year 1200.
Vikingskipshuset: This Viking Ship Museum can be found in the University of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History. It is home to three Viking ships – including the completely whole Oseberg Ship, amongst other artefacts.
Norway definitely experiences all 4 seasons. If you visit in Summer, you’ll probably need to pack a jacket for the evenings. The average highest temperature in July is 18 degrees C or 64 degrees F. Winter temperatures drop to around minus 3 degrees C or 27 degrees F.
The Northern Lights come out to play more during the Winter Months because the days are so long in Summer.
Parts of Norway are positioned above the Arctic Circle, so it’s still daylight when the clock says midnight during the Summer months! The sun doesn’t completely set at all around the Summer Solstice. Depending how far North you go, you can experience the Midnight Sun between May and July. A quick google search will show when you can expect to experience it and where.
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