How to 100% see the northern lights

“We were miles away from our real lives.” is said when the sky is painted with the breathtaking aurora borealis. In the seventh episode of balancing the act we have Abhijeet Anand, who is an engineer, a social entrepreneur, a mentor to many and a student of life who is now in Romania. According to him he has had a very unconventional educational journey. He completed a bachelor’s in petroleum engineering and then proceeded to complete different business laws from New Jersey Kolkata. He studied how the tactical and the technical things happen while doing engineering. He got into the legalities and the social aspect studying law. Therefore he got into politics, hence taking up a political marketing course in Italy.

What he learnt through political marketing is that there is propaganda everywhere. You just need to learn how to propagate it. After the course he learned that this  propaganda is leading to an election as well as a  political candidate. He realized that every news, every message that comes through is a part of a big plan, which has been deployed in steps. He talks about marketing which emphasizes the political party and keeps it relevant through the years. Emphasizing on the importance of branding which is the personality traits that you carry cause in politics people will like and dislike you on the basis of your personality traits. He also adds that his mentors had a part to play in his success.

He has traveled to like 21 States across India which is almost 70 – 75% of the country but according to him Assam is home. He loves both the hospitality and culture of the place. He met this guide at cherrapunji which is the city of clouds whose name was Last Born. Fascinated by his name he decided to go around Meghalaya with him. The personal touch to his stories and experiences made Abhijeet connect with the place. His hospitality made him feel right at home and it made this trip very memorable.

The most memorable trip for him was when he visited the mesmerizing aurora borealis. 

One can see the aurora borealis from the following :-

  1. Sweden
  2. Finland
  3. Iceland

 Places close to tromso one can visit is as follows:-

  1.  Oslo in Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Sweden
  4. Finland.

The base location was in Norway in Tromso. Tromso is one of the locations we see high aurora borealis activities.  He was there for three days and first night he couldn’t see . He finally saw the aurora borealis for two nights. He missed his flight in the morning and had to book a flight for the night.  It was a blessing in disguise because he got to see the aurora borealis three times in a row . From the flight he viewed it for  flat 25 minutes because you’re flying and you’re flying with the lights as the clouds do not cover the horizon anymore. So he suggests that one should fly during the night and book a seat on the right hand sides that you can get a spectacular view and a guaranteed aurora borealis.

Abhijeet’s love for travel took him to various places not only in India but also made him travel to various places around the world. He’s been going around and following his passion for his study of Political marketing, engineering  and law accompanied by his love for travel. He has shown diversity in his education, life and travel. In this episode we learn how to balance the act between our education and travel. 

Tromso

Some even call it the Paris of the North and it’s known for Tromso aurora borealis activities, dogsledding in Tromso and its vibrant city culture . Nestled on a island within the middle of a Fjord, the town of Tromsø ,a beautiful place to go to at any time of year and is connected by a bridge to the mainland giving it perfect access to the ocean , arctic wilderness and mountains beyond. During summer the town remains in sunlight for twenty-four hours, whilst within the winter the Tromsø aurora borealis regularly dance above the rooftops

History of Tromso

The Norse chieftain Ohthere, who lived during the 890s is assumed to inhabit the southernmost parts of today’s Tromsø county . During the 17th century despite only being home to around 80 people, Tromsø was issued its city charter in 1794 with the grace of King Christian VII. Tromsø quickly rose in importance. The city was established as a municipality on January 1,1838.  During the 19th century, Tromsø became referred to as the “Paris of the North”. How this nickname came into being is uncertain, but the rationale is usually assumed to be that folks in Tromsø appeared much more sophisticated than visitors from the south. By the top of the 19th century, Tromsø had become a serious Arctic trade centre. Explorers like Amundsen , Umberto Nobile and Nansen made use of the know-how in Tromsø on the conditions within the Arctic, and sometimes recruited their crews within the city. On January 1,2020, the municipality became a neighborhood of the newly created county, which replaced the old Troms county.

Culture of Trams

1. You can learn about the Alpine life

Tromsø is home to Northern Norway’s ancient  research institution, the Tromsø University Museum which is formed of four museums, each of them showcasing a special facet of the city’s. The Arctic-Alpine arboretum will offer you an opportunity to know  how nature behaves above the Arctic Circle , whereas the Polar museum will acquaint you with the area’s rich history in Arctic expeditions. Then, you ought to head to Polaria, a striking museum and aquarium five minutes from Tromsø city centre . In Polaria’s aquarium, you’ll see baby sharks being born! They even have a panoramic cinema, where you’ll watch educational films.

2. one can hear a symphonic orchestra inside a cathedral

It’s not almost nature though, because the city of Tromsø is additionally a really cultural place. aside from the world-renowned Tromsø International festival (TIFF) that takes place every January, there’s also Nordlysfestivalen, a celebration of music altogether its forms, from jazz to classical music and from opera and symphonic orchestras to modern tunes. The aurora borealis Festival (as is its English name), also takes place every January – and it’s worth being in Tromsø during that point not simply because of the music and the dancing, but also due to the locations chosen for the concerts and events. Once you hear a symphonic orchestra inside a cathedral, you’ll probably be spoiled for all times .

3. one can get to understand more about the Sami culture

The Sami are Northern Scandinavia’s indigenous people. They need their own language, recognized as  Norway’s official languages, and a really vibrant culture – and when in Tromsø, you’ll have the prospect and urge to understand them a touch better. You’ll visit the Sami Village by the mouth of the Rakfjord, play with reindeers and stay in a traditional Sami lavvu tent. Otherwise you can join the fun of Sami Week within the heart of Tromsø every February with reindeer races and concerts by Sami artists. In the summertime, you ought to not miss the Riddu Riđđu Festivàla, a world indigenous festival with a various program, including anything from music, films to workshops, literature, and performances.

4. You can experience the Polar Night 

Tromsø being over the Arctic Circle, you’re certain a treat when it involves light-related phenomena. The Polar Night here lasts from November to January, but an eerie twilight within the morning hours will assist you explore the world . It’s a sort of blue you’ll learn to acknowledge , as the sky around sunset and sunrise gets filled with pastel colors . Then, because the days get progressively longer from January onwards, the atmospheric phenomenon season sets in from May to July – and you’ll get your adrenaline fix with midnight boat rides, concerts, even marathons.

Places to visit in tromso

1. aurora borealis 

From the beginning of September to early April is when you’ll have the simplest chance of seeing this awe-inspiring phenomenon.

Best of all is that the period from mid-November to mid-January, referred to as the Polar Night, when the sun doesn’t make it above the horizon.

Tromsø is within the aurora borealis Oval, the prime location for gazing at the Aurora.

Ideally you ought to get beyond the town , faraway from light pollution and if possible you ought to come during the new phase of the moon or waning and waxing crescent when there’s less competing light within the sky.

2. polar night

And while the long darkness of the Polar Night is linked to Seasonal major affective disorder , people say that the atmospheric phenomenon features a noticeable uplifting effect on everyone’s mood.

June is time for the Tromsø midnight sun marathon, drawing thousands of tourists to the town for a race that starts at 20:30.

3. Whale Safaris

So if you’ve ever wanted to see whales within the flesh, Tromsø has emerged as the best destination in northern Europe for marine wildlife expeditions.

A trip with a corporation like Tromsø Safari will take between 3.5 and seven hours, counting on how quickly you sight these creatures.

On the way you’ll watch movies about the whales, their migration and feeding habits, while the guide will show wildlife like sea eagles.

4. Tromsø Fjords

You can continue a cruise to these hauntingly beautiful water bodies, departing from Tromsø’s harbour on the Polar Queen or Fjord Queen.

On your trip you will view a beautiful scenery  of snow-capped mountains and slender waterfalls will scroll by, and you’ll catch sight of seals , reindeer and sea eagles.

You can see it all from the heat of the cabin, or go up to the deck within the biting wind for the simplest shots.

Extra warm clothing is provided and you’ll be served Arctic fish, waffles and hot drinks to tide you over until you come back .

Alternatively you’ll do the fjords on a guided drive to the island of Sommarøy, which has pristine white sandy beaches.

5. Arctic Cathedral

Couched within the Tromsdalen valley, this church may be a modern masterpiece, designed by Jan Inge Hovig and consecrated in 1965. The body of the building is 11 rectangular aluminium frames, with a glass facade fronted by a big cross on the side .

This sharp outline evokes polar boathouses, icebergs and Sami tents, and when it’s dark the strip lights between the frames gives the church an exquisite luminescence.

Behind the altar may be a marvellous glass window depicting Christ’s Second Coming , produced by the artist Victor Sparre and mesmerising within the summer during the midnight sun .

Things to eat in Tromso

1. KARSK

Karsk is a “cocktail” of coffee and booze, preferably vodka or other clear liqueur. It’s quite popular within the region around Trondheim but i do know that folks also enjoy it within the rural parts of Northern Norway.

 2. SMALAHOVE

Let’s get from the sweet to the hearty dishes of Norwegian cuisine and begin with sheep heads. Yes, you read that right. Norwegians actually eat sheep heads, so called smalahove.

3. FÅRIKÅL

Fårikål or “sheep in cabbage” is another popular sheep dish Norwegians wish to eat, preferably during autumn though.

Basically, they cook mutton meat, bones and cabbage during a casserole for a couple of hours then serve it with potatoes.

4. LUTEFISK

It is made up of lye and stockfish which is kept to dry during the spring on special fish drying racks that you simply can see everywhere the Lofoten Islands and also Tromso. For this, cod is most ordinarily used.

5. TØRRFISK

Tørrfisk  is that dried fish (stockfish) that does not undergo any special procedures aside from the fermentation while it hangs outside to dry.

It does tell tons about Norwegians though that they sell dried fish in little snack bags and serve them in bars as if they were potato chips.

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