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Seeing the Northern Lights in Norway

Seeing the Northern Lights in Norway

The dark nights in northern Norway and the mountainous archipelago of Tromso make it a prime area for those hoping to see the Northern Lights. Here's everything you need to know about catching Aurora Borealis in full force on your trip to Norway.

When to Go

Tromso's fantastical light displays are best seen from December to February between 6pm and midnight, though visitors sometimes also catch sightings between October and March. You'll find the best viewing conditions on dark and cloudless nights, but remember to wrap up warmly—lower cloud cover means lower temperatures.

Where to Go

Tromso is a great base for admiring the Northern Lights—it's not too big, there's not a great deal of light pollution, and you don't have to travel far from the city streets to find pitch darkness. Intrepid travelers keen to delve further into the wilderness can choose a tour that heads to the Lyngen Alps east of Tromso, the wild island of Sommarøy, or the remote Ersfjord on the island of Kvaloya, where swathes of color from the lights reflect on snow-capped peaks.

How to Go

There are plenty of options for travelers keen to see the Northern Lights for themselves. Choose a skiing or snowshoeing tour through the wilderness for a winter sport adventure, or opt for a Northern Lights cruise along the fjord-lined coast of Norway. For something more extreme, experience the unearthly beauty of the arctic at midnight on a Northern Lights-chasing tour in the remote Lofoten archipelago.

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Small-Group Aurora Hunt Northern Lights Tour from Tromso

Small-Group Aurora Hunt Northern Lights Tour from Tromso

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Set out from Tromso on a hunting tour of the Northern Lights. Join a small group and a guide in a fun quest to 'chase down' the Aurora Borealis, traversing the nearby countryside and even into Finland to catch a glimpse. After finding the right setting, gather around a campfire, warm up with some soup, and await the spectacular night light show. Your guide will also offer some tips for best capturing the Northern Lights in pics, and snap some that they'll share as souvenirs.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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Small Group Northern Lights Chase from Tromso

Small Group Northern Lights Chase from Tromso

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Chase the Aurora Borealis, aka, 'The Northern Lights,' through Norway's Arctic skies on this small-group adventure from Tromso. Head outside of the city, past stunning mountains and fjords to find the lights―sometimes traveling all the way to the Swedish and Finnish borders alongside guides ranging from professional tour guides to local aurora hunters. While sightings are never guaranteed exquisite natural scenery is always part of the excursion―as are a complimentary dinner, snacks, and beverages. Get hunting!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Northern Lights Chase by Bus from Tromsø

Northern Lights Chase by Bus from Tromsø

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Chase the Northern Lights with this bus tour from Tromsø’s city center. Maximize your chances to see the natural phenomenon by traveling to areas with the best weather conditions. Learn about the Northern Lights, including how to photograph them, during the journey and set up your camera to watch Aurora Borealis.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Overnight Stay in Lavvu, Northern Lights, and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso

Overnight Stay in Lavvu, Northern Lights, and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso

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Stay overnight at a comfortable camp on the island of Kvaløya during this overnight tour from Tromso. Stay in a traditional Sami lavvu (tent), and have excellent viewing conditions if the Northern Lights come out. Take a ride on a reindeer sled, try a traditional dish, and learn about indigenous culture from your Sami guide.
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  • 17 hours
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Northern Lights Minibus Chase

Northern Lights Minibus Chase

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Maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights on this tour from Tromso in a minibus. With a small group of curious travelers and a guide who knows the territory, strike out into the cold, dark, Norwegian night to find and photograph the elusive Aurora Borealis. Your tour comes with included family and friends photos to take home.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Northern Lights and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso

Northern Lights and Reindeer Sledding in Tromso

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Go on a Tromso reindeer-sledding adventure to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in traditional Sami fashion. On this nighttime adventure, start out riding a sled led by reindeer, and then stop at a lavvu tent for a meal. Enjoy a traditional Sami stew and a hot drink to keep warm, and then head outdoors to try to see the bright Northern Lights before the night ends.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Northern Lights Safari from Tromso

Northern Lights Safari from Tromso

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Chase the Northern Lights on this guided evening safari from Tromso. First, get outfitted with thermal suits before heading out in search of the Aurora Borealis. Plus, photos will be taken during the adventure that you will receive afterward. Also learn how to capture the light show yourself. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Northern Lights Tour Including Photos Under the Lights in Tromso

Northern Lights Tour Including Photos Under the Lights in Tromso

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Get an eyeful of the famous Northern Lights during this 7-hour nighttime tour from Tromsø. With a photographer guide and your own private party, travel deep into the wilderness for the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis. Dinner, snacks, a thermal suit, and round-trip transportation from Tromsø hotels are provided.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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7-Night Aurora Pass

7-Night Aurora Pass

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Spotting the Northern Lights is notoriously tricky, but you can maximize your chances with this seven-night pass. This bus tour takes you out into the countryside in search of the Aurora for seven consecutive nights, meaning you are very likely to see the lights at least once.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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