The riggish scent of the sea hangs strongly in the air; there’s a chill wind and I feel uncomfortable as a strange and creepy feeling envelopes the beach strewn with storm detritus and mounds of kelp. In the distance lies “The Log” a casualty from some long ago episode when it washed ashore to lie abandoned and forlorn. This is a hostile place for ships when the Cape is battered by the huge breaking Atlantic swells. Just off this beach lie four shipwrecks and some say that the ghost ship “The Flying Dutchman” still plies these waters…..
The bewitching display of the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights danced with a lightness through the skies. We’d set off from Tromsø (Latitude:69° 38′ 57.1369″. Longitude:18° 57′ 19.1657), Norway in the late evening hoping that the we’d be lucky to find the ‘lights’.
Hell, it was cold: -14*C but there we were well bundled up in layers and finally after three hours of driving, we came to an open area, an iced over lake where we were being treated to a magnificent show of nature’s natural alchemy. An ethereal airiness, whispy trails gathered into waves which flickered and glowed. It was so stunningly beautiful.
What causes all this energy? “When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or northern lights.”earthsky.org