We tighten the fishing line again and drop it back in, just as Trond showed us. Ice fishing is one of his passions. The other is the Northern Lights. Each require bundles of patience and, when it comes to a successful outcome, there are degrees of uncertainty within both. So, out here on this frozen sheet of ice, we resort to silent tactics again.
“Never give up, otherwise it’s all over.” Trond’s words take on a special meaning when we see, from afar, the brightly lit tent at the Northern Lights Observatory, made of ice and snow. Like us at Porsche Adventure Experience Arctic, nature fans and photographers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Alta, the cradle of the Northern Lights. Since the 19th century, this little town on the southern shore of the Altafjord, north of the Arctic Circle, has been renowned as the best place to see the famous Northern Lights. On dark winter nights from the end of September to the beginning of March, the firmament glows with green light. And the chances of seeing the phenomenon are particularly good when the weather is especially cold and dry, like today. Our confidence begins to rise.
“All my life, I’ve been fascinated by the spectacle in the sky. The colours!” His face is suffused with joy as he explains the natural phenomenon in more detail. “The sun emits its rays. Electrically-charged particles from the sun hit the Earth two or three days later, meeting gas particles in the air.”
The sun is the boss