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Northern lights in Norway

To experience the starry, limitless sky, and the unbelievable colours that move across the Arctic sky, few places on earth offer more ways to witness the northern lights than Norway.

When and where can you see the northern lights?

Did you know that you can experience the northern lights already from late September until late March? Northern Norway is dark from afternoon until late morning, and the northern lights frequently soar across the sky. Our bold claim is that this part of Norway, with its multiple islands, deep fjords and steep mountains, is among the world's most beautiful and interesting places to see the northern lights.

As hundreds of thousands of people live in this huge geographical area, the region of Northern Norway has everything from cities with a lively night scene and great museums to small fishing villages and vast, tranquil spaces without light pollution.

The best time to go is now

The northern lights activity is peaking this and next year. From now until 2026, the aurora borealis activity is expected to reach its highest levels in 11 years.

Explore the north

The Aurora can be a shy diva, but in addition to hunting for the northern lights, you can go winter fishing, hiking, skiing, and dog sledding, experience the Sami culture, or join a whale or wildlife safari. Afterwards, you can relax in top-notch hotels and eat incredible local food. Or maybe you’ve joined a northern lights safari and get to eat your meal in a traditional lavvo? A night in an ice hotel is also something you never will forget. 

However, the aurora shows up in other parts of the country as well from time to time, including areas such as Trøndelag and the southern parts of Norway, particularly during periods of increased solar activity.

What are the northern lights?

On a very basic level, the phenomenon is quite simple to explain. It is created from a collision between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the atmosphere of the earth.

The lights, which are also called aurora borealis, show up at night when the sky is dark. It’s like a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky, with a colour palette of green, blue, and sometimes even pink and violet. 

The unique winter light 

But even though you can’t take the lights for granted – it is, after all, a natural phenomenon, just like the weather – you are still guaranteed to experience magical light in Northern Norway all through the polar night. On clear days, you can see beautiful sunset colours in the south while the sky to the north is a deep midnight blue. In “the blue hour” at twilight, the snowy landscape is bathed in a glassy, deep blue colour.

And even if the Auroras don't dance, experiencing the starry, limitless sky can make you reconnect with the universe ...

Light pollution obscures the night sky in more than half of Europe. If you leave the lights of the city behind, you can see much more of our universe with the naked eye.

When can you see the auroras? 

The aurora borealis can be seen when the sky is clear and dark. Peak time is between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Statistically, springtime (March/April) and autumn (September/October) has the highest level of aurora activity. However, you will see it in November, December, January and February as well. Then, you just have to cross your fingers for a sun storm, sending out some magical particles in your direction...

If you will have to wait a bit for The Green Diva to show up, don't worry. There are plenty of other unforgettable things to do in Northern Norway. Plan your trip with My Nordic Travel.

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