What to do under the Northern lights?
In an article in the biggest Norwegian newspaper VG on 30 October, Pål Brekke, head of space research at the Norwegian Space Center, gives a good look at why Gjesvær is a good place to see the northern lights.
"Pål Brekke encourages everyone who wants to experience the phenomenon of moving out of the cities. Darkness is crucial, something especially city dwellers should be aware of. - It is no use sitting in a city near houses or street lights. You have to get away from roads and buildings. If you then see many faint stars in addition to the biggest ones, you have found a good place. Thus, the sky does not become black enough in cities, but grayish and acts as a glare over the Northern lights. Darkness has become scarce, which worries Brekke. - Many have never seen the Milky Way and the little stars all their lives. It's because there are more and more lights and people. "
Here in Gjesvær, there is light from our few houses and pure nature. A perfect place to experience the Northern Lights.
And well, we are probably also a good place to enjoy ourselves inside as well:
"- The mystery lingers. Some cultures have strong faith in the northern lights. The Japanese dream of conceiving a child under the northern lights, so then you know what the Japanese are doing in Northern Norway, so to speak," says Brekke with a warm laugh. "