In order to catch a glimpse of the northern lights last winter, I joined a group of photographers on their hunt for the ever fleeting aurora borealis. Want to maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights in Greenland? Here’s 3 tips to consider, learnt from these hunters!
ALWAYS BE ON STANDBY FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS!
Unfortunately no-one can order the northern lights to come out and play. However, chances of seeing northern lights in Greenland are very high as the aurora belt spans across the country. Some places in Greenland are better than others though.
But why did I say to ‘be on standby’? Well, let me set the scene: I’m visiting the town of Ilulissat and dining with two friends, Mads and Nuka. These two guys are both excellent photographers (read fanatics) so it only takes a bit of time before northern lights enters the conversation. Mads tells Nuka that he heard that the best time to capture northern lights right was at 5 o’clock in the morning lately.
“Oh no,” I think to myself, “we’re going to have an early start”.
“Or set your alarm on at 2:30 AM tomorrow, and you’ll get a whole full moon that’s red!” responds Nuka in reply. Which is when the voice in my head tells me in panic, “Scratch that – we’re not going to sleep at all!”
Luckily, you can also see the northern lights at reasonable hours of the evening. I’m just saying that soldiers who are fully committed to the cause are prepared to wake up at any time of the night. Also, the great thing about Greenland is that even in the towns, you don’t have to go far to see the northern lights put on a show. Sometimes you can just look out your window…