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I’m not sure I’ve had a stretch of time driving this many kilometres seeing such little clear sky & aurora. November is beating us down pretty good, but winter shouldn’t be long to arrive now. And that should be more opportunity for clear skies.
(because standing on a completely frozen lake in Canada Goose parkas with a windchill of -35 isn’t winter yet)

Sean NormanNovember
The Best and the Worst

Pinks, greens and movement all across the sky - this is all the amazingness of the aurora experience.

Thin, high altitude cloud, and for all intents and purposes, a full moon - these are not my favourite aurora viewing conditions. But the moonlight, it’s so perfect for portraits. This widespread, thin cloud that imitates the most faint aurora does not fit into this such perfection.
Still, for a mid-November night with yet another snowstorm threatening, this is, with some relativity, very perfect.

Sean NormanNovember
A Window

Somewhere between consecutive nights and far too many hours of very quiet auroral conditions, and typical November weather, we had tonight. A few hours of dead clear skies, a sky filled of the aurora, and again so many falling stars - but you’ll have to find a better photographer for proof of that.

Sean NormanNovember
The Coldest So Far, and a Little More Inspiring

And these nights are the reason you book mult… no no, just joking. Not that again.

It was a quieter night again tonight though, just some gentle arcs on the northern horizon that worked their way above us several hours later. There were brief shimmers in curtains, and brief gusts of wind down on the ground too, which is always nice on the cheeks at -26°.

Sean NormanNovember
"It's Better Than You're Thinking"

Ohh skepticism, our old friend.

I’m sorry if I’m repeating blog post titles again, but it’s just too perfect when we’re sitting in the car together watching the snow fall in the headlights with overcast clouds out every window, talking about the weather before we leave. “It’s better than you’re thinking now” I promise out loud. I could have felt the skepticism in the car from the 70+ kilometres away to where we’d end up, under clear skies, as the weather maps promised. I love these nights so much.

Sean NormanNovember
That Cliché Sunday Drive Feeling

It wasn’t a night of dramatic movements or harsh changes. We casually cruised the Ingraham Trail for some time entering and leaving pockets of clearer and then foggier skies. It almost felt never ending and a game purely of luck, but it was almost soothing. There was no hurry, the aurora was quiet. Then just as we made a small location change toward the middle of the night, just a little clear sky opened up and not long after some very quick pinks danced along the horizon.

Sean NormanNovember
Inching Our Way Closer, and the Same Old Complaints

As predicted, a northern Canadian city gets hit with 30cm of wet snow and all the plows are anywhere but somewhere needed. So the night after, we limped back outside and inched our way far from town hoping to intersect clear skies before the aurora would fade for the night.

Sean NormanNovember
The World's Most Beautiful Jacuzzi - The End

A cruise? Does the photo of our ship coming into port look like a kind of fair weather cruise? Of course it doesn’t, it’s the Norwegian coast in October, and my dear old friend of 11 years, the Hurtigruten coastal steamer. It was surreal to be back aboard, and everything felt as magical as when I was some solo 20 year old traveller taking a coastal journey by ship in the darkest weeks of the year.
This time, Morgan and I were prepared. Maybe a little too prepared. After we had grocery shopped to basically feed a small army, a simple search online the night before we boarded revealed they had a full vegan menu on board the ship. WHAT. So what better way to mark our four year anniversary together, plus, the outdoor jacuzzi literally ten metres from our cabin was maybe the greatest thing in the world.

That’s all for Norway, for this year. Now it’s back to lady aurora if the clouds ever break. Thanks for following along!

Sean NormanNorway