Nordics expect surge in incoming tourists

Northern Lights could be best in over 10 years

With NASA scientists predicting a peak in solar maximum activity in December, creating some spectacular Northern Lights shows, Norway’s official travel organisation is expecting a surge in tourist numbers this winter.

“We’re expecting an increase from last year, which was already a peak year,” Mona Raa Ravndal of Visit Norway tells The Local. “There’s been a gradual increase in tourists coming to see the Northern Lights since about 2007.”

The intensity of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is known to rely on an 11-year solar cycle, with the “solar flip” period – a “complete field reversal” of the sun’s polar magnetic fields – offering the best colours and definition.

The Local

[photo courtesy Visit Norway]