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Northern Lights in southern Greenland ... in summer!

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Can you guess one of the usual questions we received after seeing auroras in Lofoten Islands this past winter? Such is the beauty of natural phenomenon that produces that dance of fluorescent colors in the sky that calls more and more travelers from all over the world to be able to enjoy one of those unique moments that nature gives us but… in August? Is it possible to see northern lights in summer? I admit that before my trip I also asked myself that question and I did not know this fact but ... Yes, it is possible! There is a place not only designated as one of the best on the planet to see them, but also where since the lastmiddle of August until the end of September ideal conditions occur. We talk about the Northern Lights in southern Greenland


What if we also do it in a glacier camp that I visited in my trip to Greenland with infinite white desert tongues train as a backdrop?

The conditions to see northern lights in the world

It is well known (and if we do not do this little review) that to see northern lights have to meet certain conditions when solar winds affect the Earth's magnetic field and the particles released being retained in the atmosphere. It is at that moment when the fluorescent dance occurs in the sky in the form of stripes in all directions or luminous points, usually green, but also red, orange, blue or yellow with all kinds of brightness or luminescence, always in clear nights and under dark conditions, in addition to when the atmospheric temperature is low enough

All this together makes those considered best months to see them are January and February, but its visualization being possible from the months of October to March with some frequency. Where? It is not the objective of this article (I promise to make a detailed one) but the northern lights only occur in a certain latitudes of the planet that they collect Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Siberia and even from an airplane

See northern lights in southern Greenland in summer

If we pay attention to the above, it would not be possible to see northern lights in summer, right? What if now we tell you that there are a place on the planet famous for receiving great intensity of solar storms and that you also have the perfect conditions from mid-August, both of darkness and atmospheric temperature, to start enjoying them.



This place is the southern greenland whose special characteristics makes each year the scientists of the astronomical observatory of the Canary Islands choose this place as the best in the world to observe and study them, arriving to broadcast them online some year at the end of August. Can you imagine a summer in the capital of Greenland, Nuuk?


Although it is usually somewhat more complicated for all three conditions to be met, northern Iceland also often has a chance to "hunt auroras" towards the end of August or the beginning of September, ending the summer.

Fletanes glacier camp in Qaleraliq under the polar aurora

Go ahead that none of the photos in this article are their own (a pity), although those of Lofoten Islands are, huh! It was in me trip to Greenland last summer when, being in the main base of Polar Lands in Qassiarsuk,I saw some hanging beautiful photos of auroras on its glacier camp . At that moment I discovered the possibility of see northern lights in southern Greenland in summer. These photos, except mine, I have asked them (thank you very much for letting us use them - the rest of the auroras are from the data bank of Shuttershock to which we are subscribed-).



After several days discovering an area of ​​the privileged planet, where the intense green surprise of its valleys intermingles with the blue of the fjords dotted with dozens of icebergs thrown by some nearby tongue of the infinite white desert (you have all the articles in the newspaper), we go to him Fletanes glacier camp in Qaleraliq Where we would base. It was July and the sunsets left a beautiful pattern of bluish and violet colors but without achieving complete darkness (and barely 3 or 4 hours since it dawned at 3:30)


As of August 15 the sunset coincides around 21'40, which makes after 23'00 or 0'00 almost complete darkness is obtained. Tonight begins to lengthen by leaps and bounds the following days being at the end of August already from 20'40 and with nights already 9 hours and snapshots like this


They say that the Inuit believe that the souls of the dead had three paths, that of the earth, that of the ocean, or that of the sky. Those spirits who have a voluntary or violent death could choose the heavenly path appearing in the form of aurora when they light their torches to remove the steps of new arrivals, while playing football with the skull of a walrus. Northern Lights legends in southern Greenland. We will have to point it to the long list of traveling dreams, right?


Isaac and Paula, dreaming of new northern lights

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