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a VirtualTourist member from Rio de Janeiro


Trips & Boots

Hi, guys
I'll be in Svalbard in feb
Do I need a Sorel snowboots or a winter trecking boots are ok?
Trip: Barentsburg or Pyramiden?
Any mine or ice cave to visit?
Good change to watch Northern Lights?
Thank's a lot...! :D

1 Answer

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a VirtualTourist member from Vienna

Feb. is certainly a good time to see the Northern lights, BUT
The Nordic Lights / Aurora Borealis is a very special natural phenomenon that you can watch mainly in wintertime and you need to have a perfect combination of various situations:
1) the sky has to be without clouds
2) the sky needs to be dark, so you are able to see the reflections
3) you need certain activities of the sun, that are sometimes stronger and sometimes weaker
The way that I understood this is that these activities of the sun will happen all year long, but in summertime you cannot see them because of the bright sky.

The best time for watching the Northern Lights are :
October + February & March
the best frequency is between 6 pm and 1 am.

avoid the times of the Fullmoon, it will not be dark enough then !!!

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