Flickr photographers braved the cold and snow in the northern hemisphere over the last few weeks to seek these stunning shots of the aurora borealis. Norway’s official travel and tourism bureau says February offers one of the best aurora borealis viewing opportunities, especially above the Arctic Circle.
Photos by Rayann Elzein, Terje Lein-Mathisen, Margrét Elfa Jónsdóttir, Angeline You, Erling Sverre Nordoy, Tommy Richardsen, Kim Toft, approxi_mate. [13 photos total]

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Tommy Richardsen took this photo of the aurora borealis in the arctic on Jan. 9. (Tommy Richardsen) #
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Terje Lein-Mathisen took this photo of what he calls a "weak" aurora borealis. He writes: "Nice, cold weather and almost no wind but a weak aurora borealis tonight. Maybe it's better tomorrow." (Terje Lein-Mathisen) #
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This photo of red and green aurora was taken in December by Angeline You. (Angeline You) #
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Kim Toft took this photo in January near Troms Fylke in Norway. (Kim Toft) #
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This photo, from Tatra Photography’s Flickr photostream, was taken in January at the Lofoten Islands in Norway. (Tatra Photography) #
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Photo by Rayann Elzein of ReZ Photography. (Rayann Elzein) #
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This photo, from Tatra Photography’s Flickr photostream, was taken in January at the Lofoten Islands in Norway. (Tatra Photography) #
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Flickr photographer approxi_mate snapped this shot on Jan. 8. (approxi_mate) #
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Rayann Elzein of ReZ Photography took this photo in January in the arctic and writes: “Today with the arrival of the high speed solar wind stream from the trans-equatorial coronal hole, meaning possibilities of bright and powerful auroras, all my expectations were slowed down by the terrible weather forecasts. “I decided nevertheless to drive all the way from Inari to Nuorgam (the northernmost point of Finland) where the sky would be only half-cloudy. This proved to be a good decision! “Then on the way back, about 20km before Inari, after driving 50km inside a snow storm, I could suddenly see some stars and stopped. The aurora danced high and bright in the sky for a few minutes, before snow started falling again (the photo in portrait format). “So, another successful night in the Arctic!” (Rayann Elzein) #
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Flickr photographer approxi_mate snapped this shot on Jan. 8. (approxi_mate) #
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Erling Sverre Nordoy snapped this shot of the northern lights on Jan. 8. (Erling Sverre Nordoy) #
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Margrét Elfa Jónsdóttir took this photo in January near Siglufjordur, Iceland. (Margrét Elfa Jónsdóttir) #
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Rayann Elzein of ReZ Photography took this photo in January in the arctic and writes: "This was my last night in Northern Finnish Lapland for the New Year 2014 trip. I was quite disappointed because the weather did not allow me to see all the great aurora storms of the beginning of the year. When the specialists announced the arrival of a CME in the night 8 to 9 January, my last night, I had to go out and find clear skies. I did find the clear skies about 150km from my base camp in Inari, and saw [these] wonderful auroras." (Rayann Elzein) #

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