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The best places to see the aurora borealis

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Destinations with northern lights offers
Northern lights and pink sky over snow-covered mountains in Svalbard
Welcome to Svalbard, an island realm with ice-covered fjords, glaciers, soaring mountains, and rare wildlife that includes polar bears. A prime… Read more
Northern lights in Svalbard
The North Cape
Raw beauty, extreme seasons and the Arctic light and northern lights dancing across the polar sky. Welcome to winter wonderland in… Read more
Northern lights at the North Cape
A person standing close to a lake in Varanger surrounded by northern lights
Travellers are already coming to Varanger to explore its unique combination of taiga, tundra, and arctic coastline, but this peninsula has also… Read more
Northern lights in Varanger
Nordlyskatedralen Cathedral in Alta surrounded by northern lights
Welcome to Alta, a city located directly under the northern lights oval. Here you can experience winter adventures on powdery snow and the open sea.… Read more
Northern lights in Alta
Northern lights over Tromsø city at night
Discover the city of Tromsø and its Arctic history, culture and cuisine. With 170 activities on offer, you are sure to find one that suits you. Read more
Northern lights in Tromsø
Two people standing under the northern lights in Lyngenfjord
Get your northern lights experience in the Lyngenfjord region, which is blessed with dramatic landscapes and boasts one of the driest areas in Norway… Read more
Northern lights in the Lyngenfjord region
Northern lights over the Buksnesfjorden fjord in Vesterålen
Visit the archipelago of Vesterålen, inhabited by whales, seals, and seabirds. Situated just north of the Lofoten Islands, this peaceful region… Read more
Northern lights in Vesterålen
Narvik in Northern Norway is the ideal winter holiday destination if you are interested in Arctic nature, snow-based activities, Sami culture,… Read more
Northern lights in Narvik
Reine, Lofoten
The wild nature of the Lofoten Islands is just as beautiful in winter as the rest of the year, especially when the northern lights come out at night. Read more
Northern lights in the Lofoten Islands
With its dramatic surroundings and ever-changing light, Bodø is a sought-after holiday destination for photographers and nature… Read more
Northern lights in Bodø
Man with headlamp looking at the northern lights during winter in Helgeland
Cross the Arctic Circle and get access to Helgeland’s thousands of islands and fairytale-like mountain formations and pristine snowsure… Read more
Northern lights in Helgeland
Northern lights activities offers
One night at Scandic Narvik, breakfast and day pass from NOK 1,000 per person with 2 people in a double room. Read more and book here
Narvikfjellet ski resort
Airport transportation, double room accommodation, meals, kayaking equipment and guided tours from NOK 17,250 per person. Read more and book here
Explore powdery peaks in Helgeland
The ideal location to explore the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun during summer. From NOK 2,259 per night/cottage, minimum 2 nights,… Read more and book here
Lauklines holiday resort in Tromsø
In the Lyngenfjord region, you can experience the northern lights from September to March and combine northern lights adventures with other seasonal… Read more and book here
Package deals in the Lyngenfjord region
Join Polar Tours on an exciting aurora hunt just outside the city of Bodø, with round-trip transport, drinks, snacks, guiding by driver, movie and… Read more and book here
Hunting the Northern lights in Bodø
Your northern lights base camp. Experience the aurora from the comfort of your private lodge, from NOK 700 per person per night. Read more and book here
Lofoten Links Lodges
Accommodation offers in Northern Norway
The ideal location to explore the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun during summer. From NOK 2,259 per night/cottage, minimum 2 nights,… Read more and book here
Lauklines holiday resort in Tromsø
Your northern lights base camp. Experience the aurora from the comfort of your private lodge, from NOK 700 per person per night. Read more and book here
Lofoten Links Lodges
Stay right by the quayside in Tromsø, the ’Paris of the North’, and enjoy fantastic views from our hotel. Read more
Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromsø
Noteworthy adventure hotel on the quayside in Bodø, with 360-degree views. Read more
Scandic Havet, Bodø
With spectacular landscapes and beautiful nature, this is the hotel for anyone wanting to experience Lofoten at its best. Read more
Scandic Svolvær
Scandic Vadsø is the perfect starting point to experience Vadsø, its rich cultural life and wide range of activities and events. Read more
Scandic Vadsø
The hotel is centrally located, close to the Snow Hotel and the Varanger museum. Read more
Scandic Kirkenes
An award-winning hotel. Enjoy the panoramic views of Narvik, Ofotfjord and the surrounding mountains from the sky bar on the 15th floor. Read more
Scandic Narvik
Beautiful nature and exciting things to do right on your doorstep. Go sea fishing, take in the spectacular landscape and catch a true glimpse of Sami… Read more
Scandic Hammerfest
Stay near the sea in the centre of Bodø. Experience the midnight sun, northern lights and world-class nature experiences. Read more
Scandic Bodø
Here you will be surrounded by stunning landscapes. A perfect base for experiencing the North Cape, magnificent nature and many exciting activities. Read more
Scandic Nordkapp
Wake up to beautiful views of the sea and idyllic Honningsvag. Experience the spectacular landscape, the North Cape and exciting activities such as a… Read more
Scandic Bryggen, Honningsvåg
Here you stay in the city centre with the airport shuttle bus on your doorstep. An ideal base for all the adventures Tromsø has to offer. Read more
Scandic Grand, Tromsø
The hotel is perfect for anyone wishing to experience Norway’s spectacular nature up close. Here you can easily combine business with pleasure. Read more
Scandic Alta
With the dramatic landscape of Lofoten on its doorstep, this is the perfect hotel if you want to explore the wilderness of Lofoten. Read more
Scandic Leknes
Karasjok is an exciting destination, home to the Sami people, and rich in culture and tradition. Experience the northern lights, the beautiful… Read more
Scandic Karasjok
Stay in the centre, right by the quayside where the Hurtigruten ferry docks. Experience the spectacular nature, the world-famous North Cape and… Read more
Scandic Honningsvåg
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    What are the northern lights?

    To experience the unbelievable colours that moves across the Arctic sky is on many travellers’ bucket list. Few places on earth offer more ways to witness the aurora borealis than Norway.

    Our bold claim is that Northern Norway is amongst the most comfortable and interesting places to see the northern lights, as hundreds of thousands of people live in this huge geographical area. The region offers a vast selection of activities, tours, cruises, restaurants and hotels, which all play an important part in the Arctic experience.

    Some media have reported that scientists expect the aurora to fade and appear less frequently over the next ten years. This is not true for Northern Norway though, as scientist Truls Lynne Hansen at the Tromsø Geophysical Observatory explains: “we are past the northern lights climax which means there will be fewer observations around Oslo and further south. But under the auroral oval in Northern Norway, we will not see any difference”.

    What are the northern lights? On a very basic level, the northern lights are 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 come at night when the sky is dark. It’s like a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky, with a colour palette (green, pink, violet) reminiscent of a really cool fashion show from the 1980s.

    Between late September and late March, it is dark from early afternoon until late morning. This is the best time to see the northern lights. Install the NorwayLights app for iPhone, Android or Windows – a forecast that helps you find the best time and place to see the northern lights.

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