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Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Northern Norway on New Years Eve – Natures own fireworks

January 1st, 2008 · 32 Comments

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Northern Norway on New Years Eve
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera December 31st 2007. Click image for larger view.

New Years Eve here in Northern Norway, brought some Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) for me to photograph. I prefer this kind of fireworks to the noisy man-made fireworks that last for a couple of seconds. The spots in the sky are star trails as I used a 40 seconds exposure. I also used my LED headlight to lighten up the boatshed a bit.

This is actually my first attempt at Northern Lights photography and I’m pretty happy with the outcome, although I will do it a bit different the next time. Hope there will be lots more Northern Lights later this winter and that it will be a bit stronger.

Happy New Year! Hope 2008 will be great for you all 🙂

Have a look of the same boatshed when there is more light around.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 40 sec (40)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 22 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm F2.8-3.5
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Aurora Borealis · Boatsheds · Coast · Long exposure · Nature · Northern Lights · Norway Norwegen Norge · Scenery · Sea Ocean · Shore · Sky · Winter

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JH // Jan 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    The Northern Lights , Mother Nature’s fireworks, so beautiful and special !

    Thanks for showing us the beauty of Northern Lights, I learned more about the unique wonders of Earth , thus able to appreciate and know more about Earth’s many unique wonders !


  • 2 boje [ gonzo gallery ] // Jan 1, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic photograph. Loving the way the ground behind the shed is green too and all the eerie light seems to come from improbable sources…

  • 3 Mark Antony // Jan 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Very beautiful..Do you get any daylight at all this time of year where you live?

  • 4 E: Olsen // Jan 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Meget bra fanget, prøvde selv i går, men resultatet ble så som så.

    Godt Nytt Ã…r.

  • 5 Kariknapp // Jan 1, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Wow! That’s really beautiful!!
    We had only man made fireworks in Oslo yesterday, but it was nice too.
    Happy new year!

  • 6 Tips For Bloggers // Jan 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year. 🙂

  • 7 kml // Jan 1, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    You did a great job – they are beautiful!

    Happy New Year!

  • 8 Garg // Jan 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    That’s amazing! Ride, valkyries. Ride!!

  • 9 Bobbie // Jan 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Good job, Thomas. Nature’s own fireworks! Happy New Year.

  • 10 woltjef // Jan 1, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    happy new year, lot of succes, hapiness and a good healthy for you and your family wish too a great year for 2008

  • 11 offendedblogger // Jan 1, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    I am soooo jealous!! That is just awesome, thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Happy New Year.

  • 12 Claire // Jan 1, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I am sick with jealousy!

    Its a great shot, looking forward to more 🙂

  • 13 techfun // Jan 2, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Beautiful, like all your work.

    I spent a winter on Prince Edward Island. That was the only time I have seen the Northern Lights in person. They were amazing, I would spend hours out in the cold on my host family’s back porch watching the bands.

  • 14 Emma // Jan 2, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Thomas that’s beautiful. I love your photography.

  • 15 Mike Maddaloni - The Hot Iron // Jan 2, 2008 at 1:26 am


    And happy New year Thomas! Your calendar is a big hit with my wife!


  • 16 Christine // Jan 2, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Not bad at all. I miss watching them in northern Minnesota… thanks for sharing!

  • 17 onedia // Jan 2, 2008 at 2:48 am

    No need for fireworks with those lights marking the change of date and year.

  • 18 mikster // Jan 2, 2008 at 4:36 am

    That’s an awesome picture!

  • 19 Nicole // Jan 2, 2008 at 5:49 am

    One thing on my to do list is to see this Life one day 🙂


    A happy 2008 to you :)!

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  • 21 A Weber // Jan 3, 2008 at 7:08 am

    That’s a beautiful Shot.

  • 22 Juha Ylitalo // Jan 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Aurora Borealis on my list of things I really would love to see someday. We don’t see them in southern Finland, so I would have to go Lapland to see them.
    All my friends (fiancee included) claim that if I want to play safe and really have chance to see them, I would have to head to Lapland on January or February, when its still -20C or colder up there…
    In my opinion, -5C is nice temperature for skiing, but anything colder than -15C is freezing.

  • 23 Tim Christie // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    It looks so surreal!

  • 24 Lethe // Jan 5, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Wow, your photos are always wonderful!
    I envy you, I’d like very much to party these festivities surrounded by pure nature.

  • 25 CK Go Places // Jan 5, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Good shot. I wish I can see the northern lights in my lifetime. 🙂

  • 26 Thomas Laupstad // Jan 6, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Thanks all 🙂

    Mark A: If the sky is clear a couple of hours, but you can really see the difference day by day now!

  • 27 benhurjun // Jan 6, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Awesome! Nature truly inspires. I have been intrigued with aurora borealis since, and it’s one thing I want to see before I die. I might pay Norway a visit someday or anywhere near Scandinavia just to see it. And yeah, it sure beats any of the noisy fireworks we have today. Cheers to your auroras!

  • 28 Mark Stoneman // Jan 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Happy New Year Thomas!

  • 29 kbguy // Jan 7, 2008 at 1:08 am

    wow ! wish some day I can visit Norway !

  • 30 wbppsh7 // Jan 9, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Agreeing with most – the Northern light are something that I have ALWAYS wanted to see – for a 1st time shot this was absolutely gorgeous. Thank for sharing, happy 2008 to you.

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  • 32 Susan // Nov 24, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Just curious… where else can I see the aurora borealis on New Year’s Eve? And is Northern Norway the best? Arent’ there some spots in the US?