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.
Between late September and late March, Northern Norway is dark from early 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 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.
This means that 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?
So, 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.
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.
The aurora borealis can be seen when the sky is clear and dark, and the optimal conditions are usually when the weather is cold and dry. 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
1. The light show appears when charged particles from the sun are dragged into the atmosphere by the earth’s magnetic field and collide with nitrogen and oxygen atoms. This collision releases flashes of coloured lights – which we see as the northern lights.
2. The colour of the light depends on the type of atoms involved in the collision.
3. Aurora borealis isn’t the only light show the universe offers. The southern hemisphere has its own version called aurora australis – the southern lights.
Curious to know more? Read up on the facts and fiction about the northern lights.
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For 6 days experience the magic of the Norwegian High Arctic. Look for the auroras from your own fisherman's cabin in the coastal village of Sommarøy about one hour out of the city. Included 2-nights in Tromsø, private transfers, dogsledding and Northern Lights Safaris.
Ready for an authentic experience in the Lofoten Archipelago - our secret gem in the Northern part of Norway. This 4-day tour includes a RIB boat sea-eagle safari, evening aurora chasing and a stay in your own fisherman's cabin by the sea.
Join us on a magical 4-day adventure on the seas to explore wild nature, magic mountains and beautiful fjords. Experience the Northern Lights at sea, far away from light pollution on land.
Join us for an amazing overnight reindeer sledding adventure. Spend your night in a Sami tent and see the Northern Lights from a secluded camp far into the wilderness.
Spend your night in a private crystal lavvu under the Northern Lights. Tromsø pick-up and return, dinner, breakfast, aurora borealis photo workshop and even whale watching tour included.
From Tromsø, ride a snowmobile along the scenic Lyngen fjords and alps and spend your night in a private crystal lavvu under the Northern Lights. Dinner, breakfast and aurora borealis photo workshop included.
Spend your night in a glass dome under the Northern Lights. Wake up inside the remote pine forest of Alta overlooking majestic snow-covered mountains. Private toilet and sauna facilities available.
Walk among 300 reindeer and join us on a sleigh ride under the Northern Lights. Three-course dinner in candlelit Sami Gamme included. Pick-up & drop-off in central Tromsø.
Join us on a silent electric ship for a Northern Lights cruise of a lifetime. See the aurora at sea, far away from light pollution on land, and enjoy a dinner made by award-winning Mathallen restaurant.
Join us for an evening at Camp Tamok, located a 75 miunte scenic drive from Tromsø. Maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights at this remote wilderness camp with all modern facilities.
Experience an authentic Sami reindeer safari at a remote wilderness camp, located a 75-minute scenic drive from Tromsø. Reindeer sledding, lasso throwing, Sami storytelling and reindeer feeding included.
Join us for an evening of exploring the Lofoten islands after dark! See the Northern Lights from secret lookout points and take amazing photos in this location overflowing with natural beauty.
Capture the amazing Northern Lights against the dramatic vistas of the Lofoten Islands with your camera! Come join our photo tour and explore the Lofoten at night.
Let us take you on an adventure across our country from east to west, south to north. Experience Norwegian-style luxury and the warmth of the northern people in an epic winter journey.
Stay in a truly unique space boasting breathtaking vistas from panoramic windows. Be introduced to spectacular natural landscapes and phenomenon during winter days and colorful polar nights.
Stay in a modern version of a traditional rorbu, experience exclusive hiking and fishing adventures led by a professional instructor and chase the Northern lights with a local photographer.
6 days day winter adventure tour including an overnight at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, a cruise with Hurtigruten to Tromsø and a wide selection of optional winter activities.
Go on a 4-day short break to Longyearbyen in Svalbard during winter and spring including dog sledding and a snowmobile safari to Tempelfjorden.
4 days winter break to Tromsø in Northern Norway - including dog sledding and a Northern Lights chase by minibus. Additional winter activities can be added.
3 days winter break to Alta in Northern Norway, including an overnight at the ice hotel Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and a reindeer sledding experience. Additional winter activities can be added.
3 days Norway Winter break including Kirkenes Snow Hotel - Overnight at the Snow Hotel, go for a Dog Sledding excursion, experience the giant king crab and more.
6 days Northern Lights Winter break, including Tromsø and a Northern Lights Cruise with Hurtigruten (Tromsø-Kirkenes-Tromsø). Possibility to add optional winter activities.
4 days short winter break including Tromsø and a 2-day cruise with Hurtigruten to Kirkenes. Experience the Northern Lights and add optional winter activities like dog sledding, snowmobiling and more.
Fill your days with adventures including a Northern Lights safari, dog-sledding excursion, and a snowshoeing/ice fishing experience that will show off the full wonder of the Norwegian outdoors.
Snowy adventures with magical animals and people await. Experience Norwegian-style luxury, authentic Sami culture, and epic winter activities that will turn the Frozen dream into reality.
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