Clear skies and the brightest northern lights

And just like that, it’s April.  For most cities clutched by the relentless grip of winter, April is always met with welcoming smiles and relieved sighs.  April is that dear friend you haven’t seen for a while; it takes one look and all the fond memories come flooding in—longer days, warmer temperatures, that first patio …

20 hours of sunlight in Norway

I am terribly behind schedule with my blog posts.  This past week, I had hoped to kickoff the Germany series and do a full coverage of Berlin and Bavaria.  But alas, Amsterdam has been basking in beautiful sunshine for the past seven days which had me spending most of my time outside.  In the past …

Cost of chasing the aurora borealis

Checking off the line item “see the northern lights” from our bucket list cost quite a bit but is absolutely worth every penny. Below is a rough breakdown of our budget so you can estimate how much yours can potentially cost, so you can start planning for it: ITEM COST A few things to note: …

Rica Ishavshotel in the Arctic Circle

After an 6PM-3AM northern lights chase, a hot shower and a comfortable bed were all we wanted.  At Rica Ishavshotel, we got the perfect end to an amazing day, and in the morning, we woke up to a stunning view of Tromsø and the most amazing breakfast spread in all of Europe. There are many …

Chasing the Northern Lights

UPDATE: On December 2013, we went back to Tromso and for a second time, saw the northern lights.  I took much better photographs that will be posted to the blog soon together with photography tips.  Until then, this post should still get you started.  Happy planning! The plan involved one night, one chance, and one …