7 myths and legends of the Northern Lights
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The Northern Lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, is an impressive natural phenomenon that many spend their lives searching for. Nature’s fascinating performance is best seen between September and March in the Northern Hemisphere. Now that some of the best places to see the Northern Lights have been established, it’s time to explore some of the weird and wonderful myths and legends surrounding the aurora borealis. If you’re still getting to grips with the scientific mystery behind the northern lights, Expedia Norway’s handy visual guides are useful in explaining all you need to know about the Aurora Borealis. 1. Babies with supernatural abilities Nordic myths from Finnmark (that’s Finland and Denmark, by the way) tell that children conceived during the occurrence of the Northern Lights will be born with supernatural abilities. 2. …And good fortunes Similarly, Chinese and Japanese beliefs insist that a child conceived within the Northern Lights will be born with the luxury of good looks and good fortunes. In fact, last year the National Post reported that Canadian city Yukon hosts between 4,000 and 5,000 Japanese tourists during the winter season, with all-season resorts in Alaska also reporting clientele compromised of up to 90% Japanese. 3. Fox fires
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