Every once in a while you have this inexplainable feeling that the shot will turn out extraordinary, and this was one of those moments.

I travelled for close to seven hours to Andøya to visit a dear friend of mine. We had no expectations of even considering going out for night photography, mainly because it was heavily overcast but also because there was no activitiy on the magnetometer stackplot from Tromsø Geophysical Observatory (TGO). Normally this time of year Northern Norway is covered with tons of snow, but it had been raining for several days so we could finally sense a feeling of spring.

Just as we finished up on dinner, the first peaks on the magnetometer started to appear. We immediately went outside to check up on the conditions, and WOW - clear skies as far as the eye could see. Where did all the clouds go? We wasted no time in getting dressed, and decided to go to the beaches of Bleik, a real gem of a beach, far away from light pollution.

Headlights: check, coffee: check, extra batteries: check, location: check. Everything went as planned, and a few minutes after setting up at the first location the elusive Aurora Borealis started dancing on the sky. It was so dark outside, that even The Milky Way (not in this shot) was visible to the human eye. It’s magical even for us locals, despite the fact that it’s literally visible right on our doorstep from October till late March.

As a result of all the heavy rain, most of the snow had melted and created small rivers and beautiful icicles. I know what you are thinking, the perfect foreground - just as we thought. We arranged the composition and were blown away by the results.

Miss Aurora danced for us for a short 30 minute period, which was all we got this night, but we thanked her greatly for it by going home and open up a good bottle of single malt Scotch whisky.

Good night.

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