When the nights are long, and sunlight is scarce, there is one natural phenomenon that lights up my spirit. I’m talking about the aurora borealis (or northern/polar lights). Coming from Norway I’ve experienced this magic light a few times, but it never stops to amaze me. It is more beautiful than anything man can make, and not even the best fireworks in the world can measure up with this natural light. Recently I stumbled upon an article about one of the most beautiful documentations of this phenomenon, have a look for yourself:

The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

The Norwegian photographer Terje Sørgjerd spent seven frozen nights close to the Norwegian-Russian border to capture the aurora borealis. The result was this amazingly beautiful time-lapse-movie. The best time to see the aurora borealis during the winter as close at you can get to the Arctic circle, when the nights are long and the weather is cold. As the phenomenon is quite unpredictable, you need to be patient – but you will have an experience of a lifetime!

For more information about aurora borealis, check the website of the Norwegian Space Centre. As it can be quite difficult to photograph the phenomenon, I also recommend you to take a look at this guide of how to capture it.

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.