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Can you see the aurora through clouds?

This is now part 1 of 2. Link to part two at the bottom.

Last fall I saw the Northern Lights six times from August to December.

And I missed approximately 20 auroras during the same period! The reason: CLOUDS.

The green light of the northern lights partly seen through the cloud cover
Aurora shining through the clouds while a train lights up the railroad track. Location: Nykarleby, Finland.

In general, clouds are spoiling the Northern Lights experience. The Aurora Borealis appears on an altitude of at least 80 kilometers. This means that clouds are always in the way, like a curtain that hides all the magic that's happening up there.

Many people have had their aurora trips ruined because of cloudy weather. The best advice for people travelling north to see the Northern Lights is: Go for the destination not only for the Northern Lights.

But there are things you can do when you want to see the aurora and it's cloudy. This checklist will help you deal with the situation.

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The northern lights and clouds checklist

In general, you should choose a destination that offers other interesting things to see and do and not only think about seeing the aurora borealis. Because you may get very disappointed if it's inactive or if it happens to be cloudy.

Small houses and church in a snowy landscape
Surreal but real. The small town covered in snow. Nykarleby has many cute wooden houses.

However, a week ago the aurora proved to be strong enough to shine through clouds. I have not seen that happen very often, but if the clouds are thin and the aurora is strong it is obviously possible.

So …

Can you see the aurora through clouds?

Yes, sometimes you can. When the cloud cover is thin and the aurora is strong enough.



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