Most people would be green with envy at anyone lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights in all of its glory but a Norwegian filmmaker has captured an even more extraordinary spectacle on film. Scroll down for video.
Camera operator, Harald Albrigtsen was shooting the aurora borealis off the coast of Kvaløya near Tromsø in Norway, when a pod of humpback whales swam beneath the electric sky, basking in the green light reflections that rippled across the water. The filmmaker posted the incredible moment that these two natural beauties shared the same setting.
Creating a dazzling display, the Northern Lights also known as the aurora borealis, is a natural phenomenon caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun with gasses such as oxygen and nitrogen as the enter the earth’s atmosphere.
Each year photographers go to great lengths to shoot the colourful auroras which can range from red, to yellow, to green, to blue and even violet. In the footage the majestic creatures swim close to the shore with their splashing silhouetted against the green glowing skies.
Although experiencing the Northern Lights in Norway isn’t guaranteed, visitors have the most chance of witnessing them in the north of the country or Svalbard during the late autumn, winter and early spring, when the lights are at their most frequent.