The Skies of Norway

Magnificent fjords, vast mountain ranges, blue ice glaciers, old wooden houses – Norway sure is a beautiful country.

But sometimes, all you need to do is look UP…

Polar night in Tromsø
This was the remarkable sight that greeted me on top of Storsteinen, Tromsø, at midday in December. The sun doesn't rise for two months in winter, giving spectacular “almost sunrises” like this.


Eastern Oslo
Eastern Oslo is full of industry and not a pretty place. Except when the sunset looks like this. Taken in January, close to Risløkka T-Bane station.


Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
You don't expect to be distracted by the sky at a football match. My parents and I were. Vålerenga beat Viking 3-0.


Sky in Oslo
I nearly missed the train trying to capture the delicate colours in this sunset. Taken a few days ago at Besserud T-Bane station in Oslo.


Sunset over Oslo
Living in the hills of Oslo means you can really appreciate a sunset.


Trondheim skyline
At ten minutes to midnight in Trondheim, the sky is cloudy but full of light. Taken in June.


Lake Mjøsa, Norway
The sun rises over Lake Mjøsa. Taken from the Oslo-Trondheim train.


No post about the skies of Norway could be complete without a mention of the Aurora Borealis. Many come to Norway in search of the Northern Lights (thanks to Joanna Lumley!), but the skies of Norway offer far more than the elusive tricky lady.

I am still waiting to see something more than the faint green flash I glimpsed in Tromsø. Perhaps on my next trip north…

In the meantime, here's a taster:

Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis by quicheisinsane (Flickr CC license)


Northern Lights over Kristiansund
Aurora Borealis by B Eilertsen (Flickr CC License)


The Tricky Lady
Green Waves by Martin Barland (Flickr CC license)
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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

1 Comment

  1. I am not from Norway or any place close but I feel an attachment to it! It’s so beautiful. The people seem very nice. The Northern Lights are ausome! I am always interested in the culture of different places, even though we are a lot alike, we still have very different ways of life ! Thank you for your photos!

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