Seeing the Northern Lights in the Faroe Islands is definitely the highlight of the trip for those who are fortunate enough to witness them. If you are in the Faroe Islands during the winter and the sky are clear, you will most likely witness a weak green aurora if you position your camera north while it is dark. The lights are caused by collisions between particles from the sun entering the Earth's atmosphere near the magnetic poles. As these particles collide with other molecules they emit light at visible wavelengths.
The Faroe Islands are located about halfway between Scotland and Norway, and they belong to Denmark. They have a population of 56,000 people and are known for their beautiful nature and pristine beaches. There are three main cities in the Faroe Islands: Tórshavn, Nuuk, and Klaksvík. All are worth visiting for a day or more. Tórshavn is the capital and largest city, with a population of about 18,000 people. It's famous for its many shopping centers and large supermarkets. Klaksvík is a small fishing village with a few shops and restaurants. Nuuk has a small center with several shops and banks but no big supermarket. There are also many guesthouses in the Faroe Islands where you can stay if you do not have a room in a hotel.
The weather in the Faroe Islands is very temperate all year round, with only one season: the summer.
The Northern Lights are most frequently seen in the world's far north: Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. If you're flying near any of these locations, there's a good possibility you'll see the aurora borealis during your journey.
The lights are caused by particles from the sun entering Earth's atmosphere along with magnetic fields created by our planet as it orbits the star. As these particles collide with atoms in the air, they can emit light in the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The color of the light that reaches the eye depends on how much dust or clouds are present in the atmosphere at the time of the sighting.
The particles in Earth's atmosphere come from two sources: solar activity and volcanoes. Solar activity is intense periods of sunspot formation and large eruptions on the Sun. These events often lead to effects outside of our planet including geomagnetic storms that can cause power outages and radio blackouts across wide areas of land. Volcanoes also release particles into Earth's atmosphere, but only during active periods when they are erupting. The particle release from volcanoes does not have a direct relationship to solar activity because they are also driven by internal processes within the volcano.
Flying through different parts of Earth's atmosphere allows us to see different colors of light from the Aurora.
If you've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, you don't have to travel to the Arctic. This natural phenomena has been observed in certain parts of the UK, including as far south as Pembrokeshire. The lights are a result of collisions between particles from the sun broken down into their component elements: electrons, protons, and neutrons. These particles collide with molecules in the earth's atmosphere, producing light that can be seen from outside.
The Earth's magnetic field protects us from most of the solar wind particles, allowing us to observe them here on Earth. However, about every 11 years the magnetic field weakens until it can no longer protect us, at which point we would also see these particles here on Earth if they were approaching us. The next solar minimum is expected to begin in late 2019 or early 2020, so if you want to see the lights then you should do so during this time.
The best place to see the lights is from mid-northern latitudes between about 55 and 65 degrees north. Directly above the Arctic or Antarctic ice caps it gets dark too early in the evening and there's not enough time for the lights to appear. But even if you're not able to see the lights, you'll still experience other aspects of the aurora.
The Aurora Borealis is most frequently observed in the polar regions, within a radius of 1,550 miles of the magnetic poles. Above the Arctic Circle (66 deg33'N) is the finest area to go aurora hunting, which is why northern Norway and Svalbard are among the best sites on the planet to observe the Northern Lights. The presence of clouds or darkness can prevent you from seeing the lights, but this is rare.
Further south, beyond the Arctic Circle but still within the Arctic Zone, you will find the Aurora Australis. This phenomenon is visible in the southern hemisphere during the austral winter (June to August).
The Southern Aurora is less frequent than its northern counterpart but when it does happen it is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. It is usually seen over South America and moves across the sky like a stream of lighted smoke.
The Southern Aurora is different from the Northern one in that it is always accompanied by cloudless night skies filled with stars. There are several reasons for this: first, the Earth's atmosphere absorbs most radiation from the sun that would otherwise reach the surface; second, the magnetic field around Antarctica prevents particles from being blown toward the south pole from the north; and finally, the lack of land masses allows solar winds to flow uninterrupted into space.
Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Canada are all part of the Auroral band. We offer holidays to all of these places, and each one has been precisely arranged to maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. In fact, there is a very good chance that you will see them on your holiday.
The best time to visit any of these places is between August and October, when the Earth is at its closest approach to the Sun and thus provides us with the most opportunity to view these lights. The winter months are generally not as favorable because the Sun is below the horizon for much of the day and night.
Some locations have better viewing conditions than others. For example, people who visit Barrow, Alaska can see the Aurora from as far away as south-southwest across the Arctic Ocean. Those visiting Churchill, Manitoba can see the lights over land.
Lights from radio emissions from storms millions of miles away arriving at the Earth's surface through the atmosphere are called "extraterrestrial" or "space" lights. However, many terrestrial events produce optical or ultraviolet light that can travel through air molecules to the surface of the Earth. This light is visible from space but not from far enough away to be considered an aurora. Such lights are known as sunset, moonlight, or starlight displays.
Seeing the incredible hues that flow across the Arctic sky is on many people's bucket lists, and few destinations on the planet provide greater opportunities to do so than Norway. During the summer months, the country is surrounded by a luminous green wall called the aurora borealis or simply the Aurora. It is one of nature's greatest spectacles, visible from anywhere in Earth's atmosphere including space.
The Northern Lights are an appearance caused by collisions between particles from the sun beamed down onto Earth's atmosphere at high altitudes. The particles collide with atoms in the air, causing them to glow in the dark colors seen from Earth's surface. The lights have been described as looking like curtains or streamers hanging in the night sky. They can vary in color from red to purple or even blue, but they usually consist of a mixture of these colors.
The Northern Lights are most common in the mid-northern latitudes between the equator and 20 degrees north and south of it. However, because they are a result of atmospheric phenomena they cannot be observed everywhere at all times.
In order to see the Northern Lights you need to be somewhere where there is an clear view of the sky, which for most places is going to be far away from city lights.