January 2020

January 1st

  • GuideGunnar`s Aurora Chase Tromsø - Northern Norway
     
  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Spain, France, Norway, Australia and USA.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / rain.
  • Destination / weather: Inside Finland +40 km / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 2/10.
  • Aurora show: A faint band on the northern sky, some spikes, 2 colors on camera.
  • Tour km: 400.
  • Tour hrs: 9.
  • Wildlife: 2+3 reindeers.

January 2nd

GuideGunnar`s Aurora Chase Tromsø - Northern Norway

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Austria, Taiwan, Norway and Kenya.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy.
  • Destination / weather: GuideGunnar`s Camp Aurora / Grunnfjorden / part clear / cloudy / rain.
  • Aurora activity: 1/10.
  • Aurora show: Just a faint band on the north sky.
  • Tour km: 150.
  • Tour hrs: 6.
  • Wildlife: 3 otters.

    The year has started as the last ended... bad weather and low Aurora activity...
    It was probably a great show, the best last month (?)... but, 20 mins before it begin we got in heavy clouds and later more rain... it`s pity...


January 4th

Northern lights at GuideGunnar's Camp Aurora in Troms, Norway January 4th 2020

  •  Guests / Country: Only me.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / snow.
  • Destination / weather: GuideGunnar´s Camp Aurora / cloudy / snow / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 8/10.
  • Aurora show: All over, far south, spikes, curls, curtains and 3 colors dancing, visible for the naked eyes.
  • Tour km: 0.
  • Tour hrs: 2.
  •  What a lovely Aurora surprise! Just a normal night off for me and while I was removing the snow from my driveway the clouds suddenly disappear and Lady Aurora began a craz, beautiful show... out from nowhere... The solar speed was low as was the particles, so this was a really big surprise..;)
     
  • After a quiet Aurora month in December, when we also experienced the warmest month since year 1900 with rain and plus degrees, this was the best Aurora show since November. I set 8/10 in my Aurora Blog for tonight's lovely surprise.
     

January 5th

GuideGunnar`s Aurora Chase Tromsø - Northern Norway

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Australia, Singapore, UK and USA.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / snow.
  • Destination / weather: Inside Finland +30 km / cloudy / holes in the clouds / snow.
  • Aurora activity: 1/10 (9/10 above the clouds..?).
  • Aurora show: A couple of faint bands in a cloud hole in ten minutes.
  • Tour km: 385.
  • Tour hrs: 8,5.
  • Wildlife: A wiesel and a fox.

January 8th

GuideGunnar`s Aurora Chase Tromsø - Northern Norway

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Singapore, UK and USA.
  • Weather Tromsø: Part clear.
  • Destination / weather: Kvalsundet / Dåfjord / clear / part clear / cloudy / snow.
  • Aurora activity: 3/10.
  • Aurora show: Several bands across, some spikes and curls.
  • Tour km: 155.
  • Tour hrs: 7.

January 9th

  • GuideGunnar`s Aurora Chase Tromsø - Northern Norway
  • Guests / Country: 12 guests from Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, India and Taiwan.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / snow.
  • Destination / weather: Malangen / Balsfjord / Cloudy / snow / part clear.
  • Aurora activity: 4/10.
  • Aurora show: Several bands acorss, also far south, curtains, spikes, curls and little movement.
  • Tour km: 105.
  • Tour hrs: 8.

 

January 13th

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany and UK.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / rain / snow.
  • Destination / weather: Inside Finland +45 km / part clear / cloudy / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 3/10.
  • Aurora show: A couple of band low on the NW sky, some spikes.
  • Tour km: 400.
  • Tour hrs: 9.

 

January 14th

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Austria and UK.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / snow.
  • Destination / weather: Dividalen / Cloudy / snow.
  • Aurora activity: 0/10.
  • Aurora show: To cloudy / No activity.
  • Tour km: 285.
  • Tour hrs: 7.

The little hope we had with a possible opening in the valley close to the Swedish border disappear...
Of course, it could be nice with a little clear sky, but for tonight it couldn`t help the Aurora lovers, since the activity was zero...

January 16th

  • Guests / Country: 11 guests from Germany, Austria, France and Norway.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy.
  • Destination / weather: Malangen / Bakkejord (Kvaløya) / cloudy / haze / holes in the clouds.
  • Aurora activity: 1/10.
  • Aurora show: A band across only, some spikes.
  • Tour km: 260.
  • Tour hrs: 7,5.

The weather forecast says no clear sky before around midnight on the coast, so I decided to drive out for a "sightseeing" into the country side for kill down the waiting time... When we returned to the coast we got a gap in the clouds and got a faint band of Aurora... and when we arrived closer to Sommarøy, we got a larger clear hole and saw a wide Aurora band across the sky, before it get to cloudy again... the clear sky didn´t appear before 3 hours later, but then my guests was back at theirs accommodation...

January 22nd

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong and UK.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / snow.
  • Destination / weather: Dåfjord / Grønliskaret / GG`s Camp Aurora / snow / cloudy / part clear / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 7/10.
  • Aurora show: All over, far south, curtains, spikes, 3 colors curtains and corona.
  • Tour km: 170.
  • Tour hrs: 6.
  • Wildlife: A moose.

It`s always tricky to choose between a long drive to Finland and a short one out on the coast when the weather forecast says okey weather on both locations.

This night I choose the short one, and I already regret when I was standing out there in wet heavy snowfall and got the message about 100% clear sky in Finland...

But the decision was made, so I just had to make the best out of it, so I begin to search on the web camera over Tromsø and sky camera little further east... which showed clear sky and Aurora, so it was time to leave and drive to a better location... and then another colleague call me and told it was clear sky only 15 km away; Great!

So, just in time before the Lady came out that strong so the snow on the ground got green, we was under clear sky, just over the mountains north of my house and we could experience a lovely Aurora show with this years first corona in 3 colors..;) It was a 9/10 show of good activtiy, but it didn`t last so long, so I could only set 7/10 in my blog.

 

January 23rd

  • Guests / Country: 12 guests from Germany, Hong Kong and UK.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy.
  • Destination / weather: Inside Finland +20 km / Finnish border / Skibotndalen valley / part clear / snow / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 5/10.
  • Aurora show: Several bands across, curtains, spikes, little dancing (2 colors on camera).
  • Tour km: 350.
  • Tour hrs: 8,5.
  • Wildlife: 2 moose.

January 24th

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Hong Kong, UK and USA.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy.
  • Destination / weather: Laksvatn / Storfjord / Skibotndalen valley / part clear / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 3/10.
  • Aurora show: A couple of bands on the north sky, spikes, 2 colors on camera.
  • Tour km: 255.
  • Tour hrs: 7.

January 25th

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
  • Weather Tromsø: Part clear.
  • Destination / weather: Blåmannsvika / Kattfjordeidet / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 2/10.
  • Aurora show: Just a faint band low on the nort sky only, 2 colors on camera.
  • Tour km: 60.
  • Tour hrs: 5,5.

January 28th

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Hong Kong, India, Austria, Spain and Taiwan.
  • Weather Tromsø: Part clear.
  • Destination / weather: Dåfjord / Finnvika / part clear.
  • Aurora activity: 4/10.
  • Aurora show: Several bands across, spikes and curls.
  • Tour km: 140.
  • Tour hrs: 7.

January 29th - Private Aurora Chase Dinner

  • Guests / Country: 2 guests from Germany / South Korea.
  • Weather Tromsø: Clear.
  • Destination / weather: Dåfjord / clear.
  • Aurora activity: 5/10.
  • Aurora show: Several bands across, also on the south sky, spikes, curls, curtains and little dancing. Two colors on camera.
  • Tour km: 140.
  • Tour hrs: 7.

January 30th

  • Guests / Country: 14 guests from Germany, Switzerland, France and UK.
  • Weather Tromsø: Part clear.
  • Destination / weather: Håkøybotn / Balsnes / Skulsfjord / part clear / very strong wind.
  • Aurora activity: 6/10.
  • Aurora show: All over, far south, curtains, spikes, curls, little dancing in pink.
  • Tour km: 105.
  • Tour hrs: 7.

We went on a local Tromsø sightseeing tour since the best weather was around the city, so first by a local graveyard, then across the fjord south of the city and then through a little snowstorm to a fjord north of the city...

January 31st

  • Guests / Country: 13 guests from Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong.
  • Weather Tromsø: Cloudy.
  • Destination / weather: Dåfjord / Langsundet / part clear.
  • Aurora activity: 5/10.
  • Aurora show: A band low on the north sky, spikes and curls, then a band all over the sky, also towards south, little dancing in 2 colors.
  • Tour km: 145.
  • Tour hrs: 7,5.

We got clouds early in the evening as the forecast says, so we went back towards the city, and just north of my Camp Aurora the sky was clear again, so we got evening best show there...

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