You can see the northern lights in northern and southern latitudes of our planet because it is directly connected with the magnetic poles of the Earth. Murmansk, due to its geographic position, is Russia’s most convenient city to see the northern lights. It can be seen here 7 months a year, from September to April.
Our winter travel for polar lights to the northern seashore is double impressive! The unique landscapes of the Russian north, the stringent Barents Sea, frozen waterfalls, delicacies and the fabulous polar lights! This tour enables to plunge into the environment of the stringent northern nature, to see the polar lights and to enjoy this unusual and beautiful atmospheric phenomenon, to get unforgettable impressions from the ethereal beauty and colorful pictures with polar lights.
Our recommendations for shooting the Polar Lights:
- Spare batteries: Batteries discharge very quickly in cold environment, so don’t forget to take along spare ones. If possible, keep them closer to your body, in warmth.
- Camera: Using a camera with removable optics is preferable, though in principle any camera will do. The greater the matrix is the less “grainy” the pictures will be.
- Remote shutter release: The shutter cable is used to reduce the camera vibration and replaces the autorelease function built into the camera. If you don’t have such cable use the referred autorelease function.
- Stable tripod: It is necessary to secure the camera, to avoid blurry pictures. It is preferable to use a tripod with an adjustable head that helps change the angle of elevation. If the tripod stands unsteadily hang something heavy on it.
- Lens: a broad-angled lens with the focal distance from 10 mm to 24 mm and the maximum aperture of f/2.8 (or at least f/3.5) is preferable. The focus should be adjusted manually.