NORWAY, MIDNIGHT SUN OR NORTHERN LIGHTS

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I have been researching returning to Norway for another trip and came across the Midnight Sun. This is a natural phenomenon. It reaches its peak during the summer solstice, which occurs around June 21 each year. On the day of the solstice, areas in Norway and in other regions around the world north of the Arctic Circle may receive almost 24 hours of sunlight. The sun in these areas continues to shine through the midnight hour, which is how the term “midnight sun” arose. The intensity and visibility of the sun during this time varies depending on several factors, such as the presence of surrounding fog or clouds and proximity to the poles. The closer to the North and South poles people travel, the days become longer and the rays of the sun are more intense. While Norway enjoys long periods of sunlight during the summer, its northernmost land areas north of the Arctic Circle are cast in darkness during the period of the polar night, which occurs during the winter months. During this time the sun never rises completely above the horizon.

The Northern Lights is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude typically Arctic and Antarctic regions. A full understanding of the physical processes which lead to different types of auroras is still incomplete, but the basic cause involves the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere.

It would be amazing to experience both of these natural phenomenons but it would mean two trips and I not a fan of cold destinations. So time will tell what happens.

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