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Old 3rd Dec 2018, 22:26
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Aroura Borealis

Best place and time to see it/them? Looked at the physics and don’t understand all this Kp index bollix so a good old fashioned Lat/Long or ICAO/IATA code would be most helpful.

Time limited - so like to guarantee a sighting. Must be easily accessible from the UK.

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Old 4th Dec 2018, 00:37
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Iceland fits your bill, probably right about now is as good a time as any (lots of darkness). There's an exhibit called Aurora Reykjavik that gives a lot of scientific background and helps explain the phenomenon. I was there in July, so I didn't see any, but I was told one of the best places to view them around town was near the lighthouse. If you can venture further afield from the capitol, it gets really dark at night which should offer some spectacular views.

If you haven't been to Reykjavik before, it's a very pleasant place to visit, with lots of nice clubs and restaurants. Be sure to try the puffin, or minke whale, or horse, all popular local fare (and not bad at all IMO). If that's not your style, Icelanders love hot dogs (made mostly with lamb and served with fried diced onions). Loads of more traditional seafood and lamb dishes are available also.
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You cannot "guarantee a sighting" of the aurora.

You can increase your chances by finding out when the next sun spot maximum is (eleven year cycles comes to mind).

We see it fairly frequently as a glow in the northern sky here, to the north of Helsinki, and fmi.fi (Finnish Met office, has english pages, one can sign up for aurora alerts) send me an email when the conditions suggest a likelihood of the aurora theoretically being visible.

I often go to Ivalo (relations), northern Finland, and it is more regularly visible there.

A possible option would be to take a Hurtigruten voyage (may need a second mortgage), along the Norwegian coast, at this time of the year

I would concur that November/December is usually a good time to see it.

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Tromsø (Tromsoe) in Northern Norway. There's a good reason why they built the Tromsø Geophysical Observatory there, also known as the "Northern Light Observatory". Tours out in the wilderness, to avoid light pollution, are available. Dog, car, ski.
You can catch a direct flight from Oslo (OSL), I believe both SAS and Norwegian have services, possibly also Wideroe.
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Old 5th Dec 2018, 02:15
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Spaceweather.com

This site gives guidance of current sighting probability - have a look at the "Current Aurora Oval" on the left side of the page
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I went to see them last month in Abisko, Sweden, probably not the best time of year but it was relatively warm. We got to see them 6 nights in a row to various extents. Well worth the visit.
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What’s wrong with the aurora australis? I have been lucky to see them both and while the borealis was better I was a lot warmer watching the australis!
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 17:37
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Originally Posted by Ancient Mariner View Post
Tromsø (Tromsoe) in Northern Norway. There's a good reason why they built the Tromsø Geophysical Observatory there, also known as the "Northern Light Observatory". Tours out in the wilderness, to avoid light pollution, are available. Dog, car, ski.
You can catch a direct flight from Oslo (OSL), I believe both SAS and Norwegian have services, possibly also Wideroe.
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My significant other and I are doing exactly that in January. I saw them many times when based in the Shetlands but she hasn't so we went for what the internet says offers the greatest probability of seeing them.

Fingers crossed !

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We went to Tromso for 5 days last November and saw them on the 3rd night for free - the tours aren't cheap - we counted ourselves very lucky indeed.
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A few years ago I came out of the pub in Aviemore and there they were. At first I thought my eyes had been affected by Scottish ale.
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Originally Posted by Nigerian Expat Outlaw View Post
My significant other and I are doing exactly that in January. I saw them many times when based in the Shetlands but she hasn't so we went for what the internet says offers the greatest probability of seeing them.

Fingers crossed !

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Enjoy your stay, and do try some of the local food and beverage. Mack beer, whale and seal meat are a must. There's also a gondola lift on the mainland, close to the bridge and the Artic Cathedral, that will take you up high(ish) and provide a fantastic view of Tromsø by night. Methinks they also serve adult beverages up there. If you have the time, drop by the Aquarium, the Museum and the Ølhallen (Beer Hall) in which my paternal grandmother was the first female to enter. She didn't believe in nos.
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Originally Posted by Ancient Mariner View Post
Enjoy your stay, and do try some of the local food and beverage. Mack beer, whale and seal meat are a must. There's also a gondola lift on the mainland, close to the bridge and the Artic Cathedral, that will take you up high(ish) and provide a fantastic view of Tromsø by night. Methinks they also serve adult beverages up there. If you have the time, drop by the Aquarium, the Museum and the Ølhallen (Beer Hall) in which my paternal grandmother was the first female to enter. She didn't believe in nos.
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Great advice, thanks very much !

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Great advice, thanks very much !

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I'll be happy to hear how it went.
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Saw them 3 hours ago from LEVI in Finnish Lapland..spectacular!!...we did it from a snowmobile tour to wolf lake....the guide has been back in Lapland for 6 weeks now & tonight was the first he's seen them...so Mrs Fliegs & I feel very lucky indeed!!...fascinating to see whilst standing in the snow...
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I was lucky enough to see the at Bardufoss in January 1978. It was the full show, about three hours, culminating with theses massive curtains sweeping backwards and forward over my head.

As a helicopter pilot I have been blessed with the best form of flying possible; this was the bonus.
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We had a great time in Tromso, saw the Northern Lights on the second night (excursion inland), went dog sledding and spent far too much on beer ! Also managed to visit the Arctic Cathedral and the Beer Hall.

Busy week but well worth the effort, the Lights were breathtaking !

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Originally Posted by Nigerian Expat Outlaw View Post
We had a great time in Tromso, saw the Northern Lights on the second night (excursion inland), went dog sledding and spent far too much on beer ! Also managed to visit the Arctic Cathedral and the Beer Hall.

Busy week but well worth the effort, the Lights were breathtaking !

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Great, happy you enjoyed my hometown, and lucky to see the Aurora (which also happens to be the name of one of my granddaughters).
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