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weather and light on coastal ferry in jan

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weather and light on coastal ferry in jan

I am planning a 6 day south coastal trip in jan from Kirkenes. Am really hoping to see Northern Lights but am worried it may be cloudy/ rainy most of the time? Also will there be much daylight so I can marvel at the scenery?

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1. Re: weather and light on coastal ferry in jan

Early january there is in principal no real daylight until you approach Bodø (called "dark period" in Norwegian), but there can be weak twilight around noon.

Weather is unpredictable.

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2. Re: weather and light on coastal ferry in jan

There will be little daylight, any period of light will be more like twilight and then darkness. Although many say it is a haunting light.

You won't be able to marvel at the wonderful scenery for long each day. Maybe March would be better as there are longer days but stil long dark nights.

It's a gamble as to what the weather will be and also what the NL activity will be. The coast may be cloudier than inland but at least on a boat you are travelling and should see a variety of weather.

Up side is that on the boat its convenient, no standing around for hours in the hope they will appear.

Hope you have a good trip what ever you decide.

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3. Re: weather and light on coastal ferry in jan

There is northern light on average every second night. The problem is clouds. Mid-winter offers a lot of bad weather. So to increase the chances to see the lights, you should spend a couple of days inland,, probably in Kirkenes. From here, you could rent a car and drivie to the interior, where the weather is normally clearer (but very, very cold in January).

Otherwise, Kirkenes is extremely quiet.

Alternatively, jump off the ship for two - tree days in Tromsø, soliciting the services of a norhern lights guide, who will probably drive you to the interior.

Edited: 4:13 am, April 25, 2012
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4. Re: weather and light on coastal ferry in jan

The coast west of Kirkenes is exposed to sea and weather as there are long stretches without sheltering islands.

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5. Re: weather and light on coastal ferry in jan

Continental and SAS fly from Newark nonstop to Oslo. Icelandair flies from Washington and Orlando with a stop at Reykjavik, Iceland. (The shortest distance to Scandinavia from the US goes over Iceland).

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