Last week I was lucky enough to spend five days sailing up and down the Norwegian coast onboard the Hurtigruten ship MS Trollfjord. While I was on the trip, from Tromsø to Kirkenes and back again, there were several fine displays of the Northern Lights. Despite all the difficulties that arise when trying to photograph the night sky from a moving ship, I did manage to get a few shots of the lights, which I’ve posted below.
Ironically, the best display we saw — with several spectacular auroral coronae and countless multicoloured rays — appeared just as we docked in Tromsø at the end of our voyage, late on Wednesday night. So it seems fitting to start the picture collection with a shot from that display showing the aurora over Tromsø’s famous Arctic Cathedral.
Aurorae over the Arctic Cathedral. Credit: Will Gater
A faint auroral display over the bow of MS Trollfjord. Credit: Will Gater
A bright and dynamic auroral corona near The Plough. Credit: Will Gater
Animation showing evolution of auroral coronae over about 2 minutes. Credit: Will Gater
A faint rayed auroral band over a fjord. Credit: Will Gater
A faint but extensive auroral display flutters over a fjord. Credit: Will Gater
A bright rayed arc extending across a large swathe of sky. Credit: Will Gater
Bright auroral curtains shining through gaps in the clouds. Credit: Will Gater
A faint auroral band with signs of a few rays. Credit: Will Gater
Bright auroral rays dance against the constellations of Gemini & Cancer. Credit: Will Gater
A flame-like aurora (had to use my head to block some blue lights!). Credit: Will Gater
Auroral swirls near the magnetic zenith. Credit: Will Gater
Watching the show through some thin cloud. Credit: Will Gater