Dreaming of the Northern Lights
It has happened again tonight, I’ve dreamt about them once more.The truth is I was cold because had left my window open, so that might have something to do with it. And there I was,sitting on a rock somewhere dark and unknown. I was calm though, waiting, and at some point, they did appear and started their dancing.
I was so happy I awakened in the middle of the night to my own laugh. So when I woke up this morning, I thought it could be a good idea to write a blog about my love story with the Northern Lights.
Itwill be in the last days of my world trip when I fly to Norway from New York. I will be heading to Bergen, and from there I intend to enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in the planet. The Bergensbanen, or Bergen Line (https://www.nsb.no/en/our-destinations/our-regional-railway-lines/bergenrailway), is a wonder of the world. It links the country’s two most important cities, Bergen and Oslo, and, unlike most things in Norway, it can be done on a relatively small budget, with bigger savings if you buy your tickets on advance.
The Bergensbanen was built between 1875 and 1909, runs for 308 miles, and takes six and a half hours to cross some of Europe’s most inhospitable land. It also boasts the highest altitude of any other train route in Europe, being Finse the highest point on the route, at 1,222 meters above sea level. It also passes over a stretch called Hardangervidda, which is the highest mountainous plateau in Europe.
Then again, looking at the map, rails go a lot further north in Norway, and one journey leads to another. So after Oslo, I will be heading to Tromso in the hope of witnessing one of world’s most breathtaking natural wonders: the Northern Lights. Truth be told, I have dreamt of seeing the sky being illuminated by spectacular displays of green ever since I was a child, and there was little doubt that Northern Norway should be on my travel list during this journey.
Is it because they are so rare and magical? So unique and extraterrestrial? I don’t know, but for some reason I’ve always wanted to see the Aurora Borealis, to experience the unbelievable green colour moving across the cold Arctic sky.
I was lucky and while planning my trip, found a supercheap $99 ticket from New York to Bergen with Norwegian Airlines. So, fortunately, and almost at the end of my journey, I will hopefully have a chance of seeing this magical phenomenon.
Chasing the Northern lights
I’ve read Tromso is considered as one of the very best places to witness the Northern Lights, but to actually see them I will need to be lucky. Since winter times in Norway also mean lots of clouded skies, this will reduce my chances a lot. But hey, I do have chances and I’m going to do what’s in my hand to chase them.
Fortunately there are a few things one is able to do to maximise the chances to see the Aurora Borealis. I’m only staying in Tromso for a few days and I don’t have made any plans yet on how to do so, but what I do know is that chasing the Northern Lights basically means getting away from the city at night, and spending most of the time in the outdoors. So I’m thinking about snowmobiling my way through the night. You see? Even though my stay 350 kilometers above the Arctic Circle is still months away, my mind keeps wandering when it comes to the Northern Lights. I just can’t help it.
To be honest, ending my journey with such a magical experience would just be perfect. But also, for some reason, I hope those dancing lights in the sky will not be the most beautiful thing to witness on this earth. And I have the feeling they won’t be.