I become addicted to the Northern Lights since I've seen them the first time in my life in Porjus, Sweden 2013. Undoubtedly it's the most beautiful thing I've seen in my life. It kinda makes you shocked and speechless. You can never get enough of watching the beauty of the Lights. Despite the fact that outside is dark or frozen, you'll simply become numb to any other senses and troubles around yourself and you'll completely feel isolated and happy. It's an unfortunate that it can't be seen any time we want or anywhere we want.
I was lucky to see the Northern Lights (also known as "Aurora Borealis" or southern version "Aurora Australis") third year in a row. First Porjus and Kiruna, Sweden in 2013, secondly Skaftafell and Blue Lagoon, Iceland in 2014 and lastly Lyngen, Norway in 2015 and Alta, Norway in 2016. Below you can watch a 2 minutes long photo lapse of my photographs.
Here you can find some helpful links about the Northern Lights.
After Sweden and Iceland I chose Northern Norway as my next Northern Lights destination. I visited Tromsø in the first week of March, 2015. I stayed there and rented a car to travel around the city.
Tromsø is a small city so you can easily see the city in a day. However there are few museums so if you want to visit them all, it may take two days or more. Intercity transportation is very easy with city buses and most places are in walking distance.
Cloudy Tromsø at Night
When I was in Swedish Lapland people were telling me that the weather in Northern Norway are much more unstable because of close distance to sea. I knew that is bad for watching Northern Lights and it’s not always easy to run away from a bad weather system. The weather in Tromsø was very unstable during the period I stayed there. One day it was all foggy, next day all cloudy, next day clear but then mixed rain and snow started and so on. Was it cold? No. It’s certainly not that cold like Swedish Lapland. In fact the weather is like in Stockholm or Oslo. Much more calm and warmer but again people said that this year it wasn’t so cold at all. Maybe it’s a global thing because Arvidsjaur, Sweden wasn’t cold either.
I recently participated in Aston Martin On Ice Performance Lapland in Arvidsjaur, Sweden. It was a 4 days of driving on ice training from morning till afternoon, including a special time trial at night. A collection of recent Aston Martin cars were in the line up. Rapide S, DB9 Coupe and Convertible, V8 Vantage, Vantage S, V12 Vantage S, Vanquish and Vanquish Volante. All cars were on spikes. The track is located in Swedish Lapland on a frozen lake over 15 km square area and it’s Aston Martin’s own lake. There are more car companies organising this kind of tests in Arvidsjaur but Aston Martin has the most special and the largest track. It has many different combination including mini version of real race tracks like Spa and Nürburgring.
I completed about 12 hours of driving in most of driving those cars in the line up. 2 persons shared a car. The training was about handling, precision, performance and of course joy. I was totally thrilled by all cars performance. Each car was very unique on ice and acted completely different than others. All electronics (DSC) were off except the night time trial. In the night time trial event I drove with DSC track mode on just to be on the safe side. Despite all the power, Aston Martin cars have an amazing handling and performance on ice and they are very solid cars. I crashed the car few times hard and there wasn’t even a scratch. All cars have an extra protection bumper in front.