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Sailing in the North Atlantic

I was just curious if anyone has gone particularly far up into the north atlantic? Has anyone been far enough north at the right time to see the northern lights from their boat?
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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

Not personally, but been a fair number of boats cruise Newfoundland, and a few have been North of 60 around Baffin and Greenland. Recently was a sailor who did the NW passage.
lots of boats cruise to alaska as well, was in Ualaska in Sep and saw at least 8 sailboats at dock.
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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

Saw the northern lights on an overnight passage up Lake Huron in July one year. Not that far north (around 44N)

Heading back to Lake Ontario for this summer. Ainia is back in North America for the first time since 2010. Currently in Long Island Sound.
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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

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Saw the northern lights on an overnight passage up Lake Huron in July one year. Not that far north (around 44N)
Same here, best Aurora I've ever seen was on northern Lake Huron...

I was surprised last summer, made it up to almost 60 N, and never saw a thing...


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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

It is not unusual to see the Northern Lights in Scotland I used to live there and have seen them several times but never from a boat.

A cruise to the Shetlands or better still to Norway would increase your chsnces.
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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

I've seen them several times in the northern parts of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (never from a boat though). I remember once I was camping on the south shore of Lake Superior and there was a beautiful display in the sky and reflected on the lake. That's all below 49º, I think if the conditions are right and you're away from city light you don't have to be all that far north.

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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

We see them quite regularly up here on the north shore of Lake Superior (Northwestern Ontario). Sadly, I've yet to had a good display from our boat, just some silver shimmer. I've seen the full colour dance a few times. Always amazing.

Interestingly, we're apparently near the peak of the solar 11-year cycle, yet I've seen almost no displays. Perhaps I'm older this cycle, so am going to bed too early, but it has been a dud for me so far.

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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

The Cleanest Line: Greenland Vertical Sailing


If you can find the full-length videos on youtube, they saw the lights, and icebergs, and storms.

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I was in the Spitsbergen, Svalbard, but I saw no lights, regards, Andy
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Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

I have spent a fair amount of time in Neewfoundland, on shore and on boat and not seen them.

I think it's been a very quiet sun for a long time with it only now becoming active again.
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