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Northern lights - Bodø By Light

Imagine an evening stroll on Mount Rønvikfjellet, in the winter, with a 360 degree sky above you. Suddenly the heavens flare up in ultra-green and red-blue ribbons that flicker from the north at incredible speeds.

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The Northern Lights

Have you ever been outdoors on a winter’s night in North Norway? Then you may have witnessed the most amazing light phenomenon that nature has to offer. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are at their most intense in the far north of the Northern Hemisphere.

The Northern Lights can be seen on dark, clear evenings from September to April. In Bodø, beneath the Auroral Oval, a belt of light that centres around the geomagnetic poles, you have the best chance of seeing the colourful, flickering Northern Lights. They often start faintly in the far north, moving higher up in the evening and night sky.

Watch the film that National Geographic shot in our region here.Read more about the Northern Lights in Northern Norway here.  

Hunting the light

In a travel programme on BBC 1, “Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights," this well-known actress shares her experience of the Northern Lights.

The programme was broadcast on Norwegian TV (NRK 1), allowing us to witness the actress Joanna Lumley’s encounter with the Arctic Circle and the Northern Lights. Read more here www.nrk.no/nordland.

Join Polartours for a tour to the Arctic Circle to see the magical light and the Northern Lights this winter. Read more here: Polartours

Mount Rønvik

For a best possible Northern Light experience, we recommend that you travel out of the city centre to Mount Rønvik. Mount Rønvik is a easily accessible view point that and is the perfect spot in Bodø to view Aurora Borealis. Bus nr. 3 takes you to Vollen from where Mount Rønvik (Rønvikfjellet) is only a short walk away.If you wish not to travel out of the city centre , the pier in the harbour is also a good alternative for experiencing the Northern Lights.