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Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

19 With little light pollution, the wintertime Arctic presents some of the clearest star-watching views in the world. Here, you can marvel at the beauty of the Milky Way in more detail than you would ever expect to see back home For great views of the area you can take a cable car which climbs over 400 metres to the summit of Mount Storsteinen. Open all hours during mid-summer, this has to be the most spectacular ways of experiencing the Midnight Sun, as it lights up the dramatic vista of fjords, islands and coastline. At these high latitudes the day length declines rapidly until, around the end of the year, the sun isn’t seen for many weeks. In this atmospheric season so close to Christmas, Tromsø comes alive – as do the night skies! With little light pollution, the wintertime Arctic presents some of the clearest star-watching views in the world. Here, you can marvel at the beauty of the Milky Way in more detail than you would ever expect to see back home, as it arches overhead like a vast stellar bridge. And when you think Nature has amazed you with her most beautiful jewels, there’s a real treat in store: the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis have long bewitched travellers and locals alike: their long multi-coloured shapes wind through the sky like giant serpents. Varying in colour through greens, yellows and reds, these hypnotizing curtains of light are created when particles from the sun energise oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the earth’s high atmosphere. Local custom says each band of light is the energy of an ancestor’s soul. And watching these graceful lines twist together and undulate across the night sky, it’s hard not to believe that they have a life of their own. TROMSØ TROMSØ FACTS AVERAGE TEMPERATURES -4˚C (winter), 11˚C (summer) CURRENCY Norwegian Krone (kr) POPULATION approximately 70,000 The best dates for the chance to witness the magical natural phenomena of the Midnight Sun and Aurora Borealis in Northern Norway: Midnight Sun 20th May – 22nd July Aurora Borealis 21st September – 21st March NASA predicts 2014 will be a peak year for the Northern Lights. CRUISE TO TROMSØ WITH FRED. OLSEN Fred. Olsen offers a great choice of cruises to Tromsø, with itineraries taking in Svalbard and other exciting destinations in Norway along the way too. You can choose to sail from five ports around the UK, with the chance to experience the magic of the Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun. For more information or to book, visit fredolsencruises.com, contact a travel agent or call 0800 0355 226


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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