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The northern lights over Tromsø in Northern Norway Photo: arcticlightphoto.no
Northern lights performing a dance of inspiration above Kautokeino in Northern Norway. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/www.visitnorway.com
Northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, dancing in the clear night sky above the fishing village of Ersfjord in the county of Troms. Photo: Bjørn Jørgensen/Innovation Norway
Harstad is one of many places in Northern Norway to see the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. Photo: Frank Andreassen/www.nordnorge.com/Harstad
Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Enjoy the crisp sea air and the magnificant show of the northern lights from the deck of one of Hurtigruten's (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) ships Photo: M. Horender
Go on a cruise with Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage) during late autumn or winter/early spring - you might see the splendid northern lights. Photo: Ivan Mervillie
The magical northern lights will often flicker across the night sky high above the Lofoten Islands during late autumn and winter/early spring. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Northern lights performing a dance of inspiration above Vågakallen Mountain in Lofoten. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
A show of natural wonderment is displayed by the northern lights over the small town of Svolvær in Lofoten Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Travel to Lofoten in late autumn and early spring in order to see the northern lights. October, February and March are the best months. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
Northern lights dancing above Vågakallen Mountain in the Lofoten Islands. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
The Lofoten Islands are an excellent location for viewing the northern lights perform their magical display in the night sky. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
The charming fishing village of Henningsvær in Lofoten is a great place to see the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis. Photo: Stockshots.no/Innovation Norway
In Tromsø, the highest northern lights frequency is between 6 pm and 1 am. The best months are December, January, February and March. Photo: Kjetil Skogli/Visit Tromsø
A curtain of northern lights touches the mountains beside the Ersfjord in the county of Troms. Photo: Kjetil Skogli/Visit Tromsø
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The northern lights

Watch nature's own theater unfold above you as the most spectacular light show takes center stage: The northern lights with you in the front row.
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Northern lights over Tromsø in Northern Norway - Photo: arcticlightphoto.no

The northern lights

Watch nature's own theater unfold above you as the most spectacular light show takes center stage: The northern lights with you in the front row.

The northern lights

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What to do under the northern lights

There is much for visitors to do under the northern lights in Northern Norway and Svalbard. Here are a few suggestions for activities and excursions.

What are the northern lights?

The aurora borealis has been fascinating travelers to Norway and locals alike for generations, but what is the science behind the northern lights?

When and where to find the northern lights

For the best chances to see the northern lights, or aurora borealis, head to Northern Norway or Svalbard between late autumn and early spring.

How to Take Photos of the Northern Lights

Here are some good tips to help you take good photographs of the northern lights on your next trip to Norway.

An absolutely fabulous trip to see the northern lights

Follow actress Joanna Lumley as she travels to Northern Norway to fulfil a childhood dream and see the northern lights.

Northern lights screensaver

Experiencing the northern lights is an experience for life. Download this screensaver to get the mystical Aurora Borealis directly to your computer.

Apps from Visitnorway

Our free apps for iPhone and Android show you when to look for the northern lights, and can help you find attractions and more, right where you are.

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