Aurora Borealis holiday Norway, Senja Island during fall
Aurora Borealis Holiday Norway: Senja island is renowned for its wilderness, landscapes and auroras. Experiencing the Fall on the island is like nothing else. You get a taste of all four seasons…
The touristic season on Senja island mainly peaks in the summer. June, July and August are the busiest months on the winding road of the beautiful island, and most people tend to get back at the end of August. Had they waited one or two weeks and they could have experienced a true paradise on Earth. Fall is, according to us, the season of colors and opportunities. This is a great time for your northern lights vacation in Norway.
September excursions on Senja
In September the days are still quite long, which allow you to take on multiple hikes in one day if you have the energy. They will take you along gorgeous waterfalls, mountaintops and forests filled with delicious wild berries or mushrooms. In early September you won’t get the yellow and orange colors yet as trees still have green leaves, but the temperatures usually are very fair, and you most likely won’t get snow. The nights are not very long but you can start getting aurora as soon as you see stars. September is, for us, the best month for night photography without the moon. You can very clearly see a bright portion of the milky way setting in the west as the sunset dims out, and the aurora might dance at the same time!
Milky way and aurora in Tungenesset, September, at midnight.
September is also the prime time to get water reflection. You will get lots of clear and still nights without wind. This will allow the many water bodies of the island to mirror the sky perfectly. We have many rivers, lakes and ponds with very nice subjects to shoot, like barges, cabins or tree lines. September is an excellent month for those who really want to experience the island almost as you would see it in summer but with the extra ability to see the aurora and milky way. It might be the perfect time for your Aurora Borealis vacation in Norway.
September aurora at Storvatnet, 5 minutes from the Observatory
October is the month of change on Senja. We usually still get nice days and fair temperatures but it progressively starts getting colder with freezing nights possible. Mountain tops might start getting sprinkled with snow. Berries and mushrooms might still be found but as soon as it freezes they usually start rotting. However October is still an excellent month to take on the different panoramic hikes on the island.
Aurora Borealis solid Norway – Senja Island colors during fall
The nature around the island usually changes colors towards mid-October. The Birch trees all turn golden for about a week or two, depending on the strong winds, which usually blow all the leaves off. Berry bushes turn deep red and mosses remain green. The colors are just out of the world for a short time. It’s the perfect time for landscape photography. Waterfalls are usually swollen because of the more frequent precipitations. They makes a good subject where the water contrasts well with the warm tones. October is also an excellent month for aurora viewing. Nights can be colder but you can still get very still and lukewarm situations that enable water reflections.
October pink and green aurora and milky way, Lysvatnet
October is the perfect month for those wanting to experience the colors of Fall and the ‘Fall’ feeling in general. The wildlife is still quite active although most migratory birds have gone by that time. The aurora activity is usually slightly increased by the equinox effect, so October is excellent for aurora viewing during longer nights.
November Aurora Borealis
November is the month where the arctic winter usually settles in. It’s a colder month with way longer nights. The days get shorter very fast and the weather usually is worse. However the possibility of snowy landscapes with not so cold temperatures to shoot the aurora makes this month still one with very good opportunities. The snow may start giving you trouble for the steepest hikes on the island but it can also mean that husky and ski season are open! The wildlife starts getting less active because of colder temperatures.
Orion and its nebula + aurora taken from the observatory
The trees will most likely not be very interesting as the colors will have gone by November but if you are a night sky lover, this month is for you. You can still see a good part of the milky way, as well as Orion. The nights are very long and on clear nights you can really get spoiled with huge aurorae.
November aurora and milky way at Bergsbotn – Amazing Aurora Borealis vacation
November is the month of transition into the realm of long winter nights. There is still a tremendous amount of good opportunities for day time photography and activities but aurora will progressively take over the focus. Clear November nights are always filled with aurora but are much colder with frequent frost. Storms are also possible so make sure you pack adequately.
In conclusion the Fall on Senja island is full of opportunity for nature lovers. From eating wild berries during stunning hikes to experiencing the arctic’s first snow to some of the crispest and most aurora-filled skies, the autumnal feel of the island will definitely grow on you. If you are thinking of experiencing the aurora while still being able to do daytime activities without freezing, those three months are made for you! Senja Island is the place for your Northern lights vacation in Norway !
Sudden November aurora explosions are quite common.
Now you understand why the Aurora Borealis Holiday Norway could go to Senja Island during fall ? 😍