Hunting the Northern Lights - A Personal Blog by Andy Barr

Published on 21st March 2014 by Shing Yoong in Lofoten Islands , Norway , The Northern Lights

1. IntroductionThe Aurora Borealis have a mythical place both in the Norse past and in current interest. The name derives from Aurora, the Roman Goddess of Dawn, and Greek name for North Wind, Boreas. The level of interest which now abounds is directly related to the programme on Television where Joanna Lumley was filmed chasing the lights. My ...

Explore The Art Nouveau Town of Alesund

Published on 20th September 2012 by Shing Yoong in Norway , The Northern Lights , Winter Holidays

Few towns can rival Alesund's history and landscape. If you had seen Alesund during the night of 23 January 1904, as it burnt entirely to the ground, you would hardly be able to believe that this now stunning Art Nouveau town was born from devastation. The reconstruction of the town started immediately by a team of bright, young architects all un...

Part 2: Last day in Tromso

Published on 30th January 2012 by Shing Yoong in Norway , The Northern Lights

  The day after our marathon and wanting to seize our last chance to explore Tromsø, we decided that it would be nice to take a walk across to the mainland and check out the view from one of the surrounding mountains. The walk through the town to the main bridge leading off the island only takes 15 minutes or so and with hardly a s...