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February 2nd - Aurora Chase Dinner
Guests / Country: 8 from Singapore, Norway, UK and USA.
Weather Tromsø: Part clear / haze. Destination / weather: GuideGunnar`s Camp Aurora / clear.
Aurora activity: 8/10. Aurora show: All over, far south, curtains, spikes, curls, 3 colors dancing (visible for the naked eyes), a couple of small coronas.
Tour km: 85. Tour hrs: 6,5.
Guests / Country: 12 from Germany, Italy, Norway, UK and USA.
Weather Tromsø: Cloudy. Destination / weather: Dåfjord / part clear / clear.
Aurora activity: 5/10. Aurora show: Couple of bands on the north sky and straight up, curatins, spikes, curls, but all quite faint.
Tour km: 140. Tour hrs: 6.
Guests / Country: 14 guests from Ireland, Australia, Philippines, Brasil, Hong Kong, Austria and UK.
Weather Tromsø: Cloudy. Destination / weather: Dividalen / clear.
Aurora activity: 9/10. Aurora show: First it was faint, but all over with spikes, curls, curtains in little pink, and then just before midnight a crazy good show with Rock`n`Roll dancing all over the sky, intense 3 colors dancing and several good coronas.
Tour km: 275. Tour hrs: 8.
One of my guests wasn`t so positive when she showed up at Guides Central, since the Kp-index showed only 1, so when I told her that means noting! since we many times get the best Aurora show when it`s low Kp-index, and she and rest of my guests got surprised... of course, I can never guarantee anything, and can just wait and see what the night will bring.
It´s a natural phenomena, so who can control it..? Not a App!!
So, please quit the Aurora forecasts and Kp-index, and be outdoor and just hope for the best..;)
So, after driving for a while, we finally found clear sky and missed evening first show, and then we just had to wait... it was Northern lights all over the sky, but it was faint, with a couple of spikes who died out again.... but, then she begin to move to the south sky; And then it`s important to set in the most important tool a Aurora Chaser can use; Patience!
It was nice a cold outside with 21 minus degrees, but thanks we had no wind, so it was a beautiful cold night outdoor in this trolly landscape... I made a space for the camp fire in the deep snow, and serve my guests hot drink and local baked lefse, and told them that we will wait until 00.30 before we leave, cause of the south sky Aurora band...
Of course, many of the guests was cold, also with good thermo boots and warm suits, so I heated up the bus so they could stay warm, while rest of us just waited outside.
And we got good paid for the cold time outdoor, since the lady got crazy..;)
Guests / Country: Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, Brasil, UK and USA.
Weather Tromsø: Clear. Destination / weather: Skarsfjord / clear.
Aurora activity: 9/10. Aurora show: All over, far south, curtains, spikes, curls, intense 3 colors Rock`n`Roll and several coronas.
Tour km: 110. Tour hrs: 5,5.
Guests / Country: 11 from Germany, UK and USA.
Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / snow. Destination / weather: Inside Finland +20 km / cloudy / snow.
Aurora activity: 0/10. Aurora show: To cloudy!
Tour km: 350. Tour hrs: 8.
One of those nights, when all weather forecast was totally wrong... got only a glimpse of the lady on the camera...
Guests / Country: 14 from Germany, Australia, India, Switzerland, UK and USA.
Weather Tromsø: Cloudy / snow. Destination / weather: Inside Finland +2km / part clear / clear.
Aurora activity: 9/10. Aurora show: It begins with a curtains low on the west sky, then all over, far south, curtains, spikes, curls, intense Rock`n`Roll in 3 colors (visible for the naked eyes, coronas.
Tour km: 315. Tour hrs: 8.
Guests / Country: 14 from Canada, Australia, UK and USA.
Weather Lofoten: Clear / part haze. Destination / weather: Hamnøy, Lofoten / clear / part haze.
Aurora activity: 5/10. Aurora show: Couple of bands on the north sky, then a short show with little pink dancing, curtains, spikes, curls.
Tour km: Just a walk from the cabins. Tour hrs: 3.
After five days relaxing home and in Henningsvær while 2 storms took over the environment, I went to the south part of the Lofoten islands, for be the driver and local knowledge guide for an american photographers group... First we got a couple of rainy days, then we got a "nice" storm on Tuesday, with tricky driving conditions with really bad wind, which was close to through the bus out on Haukland beach... and then we finally got two lovely clear days with sunshine, and tonight we could enjoy a nice Aurora show... not much, but enough for making our guests happy.
Today, the day after, the rain and the wind is back again, and it looks like all Northern Scandinavia have the same bad weather, so the time will show what happen next week, when I am back in Tromsø and ready for a new round with GuideGunnar`s Aurora Chases...