Unlike the other pages of my website, the photos here are not related to a conservation or biology project. I have been working as a nature guide in Tromsø for several years. From October to March, this job gives me endless opportunities to observe the spectacular Aurora borealis and to photograph it. Aurora activity is quite unpredictable and unique every night, and being out “chasing the Lights” the whole winter is the best way to experience this fascinating phenomenon. It is also ideal to explore and get to know Tromsø area, since a chase can lead us quite far away to find clear sky. Photography is a major part of the job, and with night photography I am enjoying one of the most creative approaches to photography.
But above all things, guiding is about people. People from all corners of the world, of all ages, and of all imaginable educations and social backgrounds, coming with their own life story and cultural codes. For many, seeing Northern Lights is a once in a lifetime experience, an old dream. Coming all the way to Tromsø to see the Lights is an expensive trip, and people often try their luck one or two nights only: the expectation is high. This creates a positive tension that makes the experience memorable, no matter the outcome…
Tromsø is one of the very best spots to observe the Northern Lights. Not only because it is situated right under the auroral belt -where the aurora activity is the highest- but also because of the complex weather system, which helps find clear skies. Whether it is on the coast to the west, or in the rain shadow east of the Lyngen Alps, or in Finland or Sweden farther east, the challenge is to find those precious gaps in the clouds that are a window to the Lights above. And believe me, every night is an adventure!