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Norway: Arctic Circle Northern Lights

From 69° north, Astronomy Editor David J. Eicher will cruise aboard the MS Midnatsol with MWT Associates on the hunt for the aurora borealis.
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The northern lights from Norway.
Helge Mortensen, February 15, 2010

Join Astronomy Editor David J. Eicher and Melita Thorpe of MWT Associates, Astronomy magazine’s travel partner, and a small group of 13 Astronomy readers as they observe what will no doubt be spectacular displays of aurora borealis from Norway. They meet in Bergen, and from there sail on the MS Midnatsol, a 674-passenger ship of Norwegian registry.

The cruise over the following week will carry them past many ports of call as they travel northward, including Torvik, Trondheim, Tromsø, Hammerfest, and Kirkenes. The group will cross the Arctic Circle and be farther north on the planet than most people ever experience. They will see the beauty of Norwegian fjords (including the site of the sunken German battleship Tirpitz), churches and cathedrals, islands, fishing villages, and, of course, spectacular displays of northern lights.

Get full details of the trip at the MWT Associates website.

Check out all of David J. Eicher's blogs about his trip.

Bergen harbor

The harbor waterfront at Bergen, Norway, November 4, 2010. All photos by David J. Eicher

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