Trondheim’s Night of the Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis Norway

This week the skies above Trondheim exploded with colour as the northern lights season kicked off in spectacular fashion.

Catching the northern lights in Trondheim isn't something that happens every day. It's a rare event even this far north and I normally manage to catch the lights just once or twice during a year.

As you'll see from previous articles on how to see the northern lights, generally you need to be as far away as possible from the ambient light of a city to get a good sighting, even when the lights are bright.

Not so last night!

Trondheim's international community was out in force with their cameras to record the show as best they could.

Mihai Udvar took these from the city centre:

Northern lights in Trondheim Aurora Borealis in Trondheim

Life in Norway blogger Dave Smith captured this shot from Heimdal looking towards the city centre:

Trøndelag Nordlys

Reinder de Vries snapped this close-up:

Space fart

Meanwhile over in nearby Malvik, Ale Trigueros-Kvittem captured these:

Northern lights in Norway Aurora borealis in Norway

Elsewhere, a photographer captured this truly spectacular video of a group of whales swimming under the lights off the coast of Norway (hat-tip NBC):

It's difficult to predict exactly when, where and how strong the northern lights will be, but the size of the recent solar storm suggests tonight (Thursday) might, and I emphasise might, produce another display.

Eyes to the skies, folks!

Copyright on all photos are with their respective owners and are reproduced here with permission.

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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.

4 Comments

  1. May I ask if the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are higher in mid december? I will be heading to Trondheim then, hoping to catch the aurora!

    1. Hi Jessie. Lower if anything, due to the likely cloud cover. We only get a couple of good showings each year, so it’s definitely not a destination to come to if you expect to see the northern lights. I’m sure you’ll love the city anyway though!

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