Northern Norway 2010
What and Where?
I feel it best to present the voyage in a chronological order, with the incidental activities and shore excursions in the order they happened. The Northern Lights deserve a section of their own, as a recurring theme throughout the trip. You will find a little more description with the individual photos. Here is the full slide-show - like the Aurora, best viewed with the lights dimmed.
Saturday February 13
Having experienced the possibility of delays at this time of year (remember the snow last year and the high winds two years ago?) we decided to travel from Edinburgh to London Heathrow the day before. Actually, with an 07:30 flight it would have been impossible to do otherwise! Overnight at Heathrow hotel.
Sunday February 14
Valentine's day! Early morning flight from London Heathrow to Oslo, and then on to Tromsø, arriving in the middle of a snow-storm.
Embark MS Trollfjord.
Meet the lecturers.
Monday February 15
Honningsvåg - the excursion to the North Cape.
Tuesday February 16
Arrive at our half way point - Kirkenes.
Kirkenes - visit to the Snow Hotel.
Vardø and its fort.
Wednesday February 17
Hammerfest - Melkøya gas terminal.
Hammerfest - excursion to the Energy House.
Øksfjord - not to be confused with Cambridge!
Thursday February 18
Tromsø - morning Husky Dog Sled excursion.
Friday February 19
Morning exploring Tromsø.
Afternoon travel from Tromsø to Oslo, and hence to London Heathrow. Overnight at Heathrow hotel.
Saturday February 20
Travel from London Heathrow back to Edinburgh.
Here are a couple of videos - captured with the Nikon D5000 DSLR and a 35mm f/1.8 lens. The ISO was set to 3200, and the video contrast increased to 200% making the effective ISO 6400. Hence the grain (noise) in the image. The camera was hand held, hence the image moving a lot more than I would like! The only purpose of these videos is to show how rapidly the Lights can change. The videos are in DivX format, and if your computer doesn't support DivX yet, there is a free player for Windows or the Mac here. Both videos are 1.4MB, so a quick download.
Right-click the video and use the Save Link As or equivalent command for your Web browser to copy the files to your PC, so that you can play the movies as often as you want. I recommend the KM Player (current download) (for PCs) or the VLC Media Player (PC, Mac, Linux and more) to play the file, as the DivX player seems to play incorrect sound (sigh).