Northern Light

Northern Light – Aurora Borealis

China has the Great Wall, France, Eifel tower, Sydney has the Opera House, New York has Statue of Liberty, Rio De Janeiro Christ the Redeemer and North Norway has the  Northern Lights.

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What does it feel like to see the Northern Lights?

«It is magical, simply magical. You think you must be dreaming, especially when you catch an outbreak from the start. It just comes from nowhere… and keeps moving and changing shape! It’ s like someone is doing a huge watercolour painting, in real time, across the canvas of the dark black sky. This is nature’s own silent movie show, awe-inspiring, majestic and ethereal that leaves you feeling stunned, reminded once again of the incredible beauty of nature. And somewhat grateful that you’ve had the opportunity to see it».

Zillah Bugeja, Malta, http://www.visittromso.no

Midnightsun and northernlights by Jan Holthe

Joanna Lumley and her absolutely fabulous trip to see the northern lights

One leisurely Sunday morning, I was pottering about at home listening to Desert Island Discs. Joanna Lumley was the perfect guest  –  warm, funny and intelligent, with a list of choices that ranged from Wham! to Wagner.

But my ears really pricked up when she explained her reasons for picking Sibelius  –  she had always longed to travel north, and in particular dreamt of seeing the northern lights.

Well, I thought, I can fix that for you! Getting a TV programme commissioned isn’t quite that straightforward, but the BBC was immediately enthusiastic about the idea, and it wasn’t too long before I was meeting Joanna to discuss the project. She didn’t take much persuasion  –  it really had been a life-long ambition to go to the Arctic.

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