A British photographer has captured a spectacular Northern Lights display which was sparked by a huge eruption on the sun.

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© APEXA spectacular view of the Aurora Borealis in skies above Norway
The enormous ribbons of eerie green light were caught in the skies above Finmark in Norway by Mark Humpage who trekked 200 miles in to the Arctic circle.

Aurora Borealis are a spectacular natural phenomenon caused by the interaction of solar winds with the earth's magnetic field - and the 44-year-old endured temperatures of minus 35 degrees in order to catch the images of the beautiful atmospheric effect.

And he said the display was especially bright because of a gigantic eruption from the sun which had sent a storm of particles cascading in to the earth's atmosphere.

"It was truly beautiful - a wonder to behold.

"We had to travel seven hours on snow sleds from Tromso to get to the remote spot which is away from light pollution in order to get a perfect view.

"And because it's been so cold there the skies were perfectly clear so the viewing conditions were ideal.

"The stars were shining so brightly it was absolutely stunning.

"The northern lights were mainly green and shimmered in ribbons across the sky.

"But occasionally there would be blue ribbons and even red ones - it was magical."

He added that the sun's activity had just passed through a minimum phase and would slowly build in activity over the next 11 years to its maximum.

"They are frequently visible from Scotland.

"But it's possible when the solar activity is at its peak the northern lights could be visible as far south as Devon and Cornwall.

"That could be very exciting for a lot of people because you normally have to be further north to see them."