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Experience the Northern Lights

“The northern lights are like a firework – it is difficult to understand, even for those who have a wild imagination. No colour or brush can create this light, and no word can describe this phenomenon in all its grandeur.”

– Carl Weyprecht (1838-1881), Austrian polar explorer and researcher

The northern lights are also known as aurora borealis

The word “nordrljos” (northern lights) was first used in “Kongespeilet” (The King’s Mirror) around the year 1250. The author had heard about the northern lights from compatriots who had travelled to Greenland. The northern lights must have been magnificent “road lights” illuminating the sky for seafarers. In Norse mythology, the celestial bridge Bifrost forms a link between the earth and the world of the gods, and between life and death. This belief may have been inspired by the northern lights, and in folklore the northern lights have always been associated with death. People believed that they were in contact with the dead via the northern lights. And even today children can sometimes be seen waving white cloth at the northern lights in order to challenge them – a remnant perhaps of this age-old belief.

Aurora borealis is another name often used for the northern lights. Aurora is the goddess of dawn, and boreal means north or from the north. We can see Aurora dancing in the sky in the period between late August and early April.

The northern lights are with us all year round, but from the beginning of April to the end of August there is so much daylight that it is difficult to see Aurora dancing.

Northern lights over Hadsel church

Experience the northern lights in Vesterålen

Our partner Adventure 4 Life has regular departures for tours on which you will hopefully experience the northern lights. Transport from and to the hotel is included in their northern lights experience offers.

For more information, click here.

Visit Vesterålen – The hiking paradise in the north!

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Melbu Hotel is situated in Melbu, a small town steeped in history and perfectly placed in the heart of the archipelago of Lofoten and Vesterålen. The hotel is just a stone’s throw from the many wonderful and varied mountain experiences that Hadseløya has to offer.

(+47) 76 16 00 00
Chr. Fredriksens gate 3, 8445 Melbu


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