Ah, the Northern Lights… who could resist such a beautiful display of color and light. I took a little break with my husband last month to check off one of my “bucket list” items – seeing the Northern Lights. We went to Norway and times our visit with the Northern Light Festival over there. It was wonderful and inspired the artist in my to no end! These natural phenomenons have inspired many a poet, writer and festival coordinator. There are three Northern Lights Festivals that stand out when planning a vacation.
Northern Lights Festival of Music, Tromso – Norway
The first festival requires you to embark on a cruise ship to Norway. This Northern Lights festival honors both the fabulous light shows and the music of the Norwegian coastal region. Arctic cultural capital Tromso celebrates the much awaited first dawn of the year with the annual, Northern Lights Festival of music.
Set sail on a northbound Norwegian Coastal Voyage from Bergen, arriving just in time to enjoy musical performances celebrating the Northern Lights Festival in places such as the Arctic Cathedral and Tromso Concert Hall. As you sail up the coast of Norway, you will stop all along the way at villages and towns. All of these picturesque settings are devoting their day to the Northern Lights Festival of music.
Northern Lights Music Festival in Aurora Minnesota
The second festival is the Northern Lights Music Festival in Aurora Minnesota; an intensive 19 day classical music performance program that takes participants before large and enthusiastic audiences in four northern Minnesota cities during the summer. Young participants are encouraged to stretch their musical ability and grow.
An internationally renowned faculty teaches and coaches these young musicians, culminating in master class and live performances for the Northern Lights Music Festival audiences. Several opportunities to enjoy the musical performances are available with evening and matinee concerts on a daily basis, with extra performances in regional libraries for children.
Northern Lights Festival – Ramsey Lake in Downtown Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
The third noteworthy Northern Lights Festival is also a music festival. What could be more relaxing than a weekend in the park, listening to music, enjoying good food and drink with family and friends? Children laugh and the stars shine overhead. Good times abound.
All this in the beautiful setting of the shores of Ramsey Lake in Downtown Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The organizers of this even goes to great lenths to bring to fill the entire lake area with wondeful music for the duration of the festival. High quality outdoor speakers ( see OuterAudio.com ) are scattered along the shore and it creates a truly immersive effect. Beautiful misuc saturates the area while you enjoy a spectacular display of the Aurara Borealis. Since 1972 Northern Lights Festival Boreal has coordinated three days of music, art, workshops and fun to represent the wide array of cultures in this Canadian community. All musical tastes should be able to find a musical performance to soothe the weary soul. Popular music artists as well selection of Roots, Traditional, Modern Indie, World, Americana and more are presented at the Northern Lights Musical Festival.
As an artist and lover of all things beautiful I cannot recommend this more. Do yourself a favor, plan this into your next breakaway. You will thank yourself for it. Take a look at the video below for some images of the spectacular light show around Tromso.