See the Northern Lights in Arctic Norway -

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis); nature’s own light show – are solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole, forming arches, waves and curls of light moving across the sky, with sudden rays of light shooting down from space.

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Aurora borealis Norway. Photo by Gaute Bruvik, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Northern Lights

Nothing else on the sky looks like  the Northern Lights! While the sun, the moon and the stars are visible from everywhere and natural parts of our everyday life, the Northern Lights can only be seen in certain areas. They vary in color and intensity and as opposed to the moon, sun and stars they are unpredictable and unique.  The Northern Lights in Norway are called the night-time Aurora because they are on the night-side of the earth.

The Northern Lights are visible between September/October and March when the sky is clear, depending on the Northern Lights activity. They might even be visible as early as in late August.

Northern Lights. Photo by Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Northern Lights

The best places to see the Northern Lights are in the Arctic Northern parts of Norway. Both of the Arctic cities Tromso and Kirkenes are located in the middle of the Northern Lights zone, offering a maximum of Northern Lights activity, where the Northern lights appear with a maximum of frequency. The lights are best seen in rural areas where the sky is dark and not blurred by the city lights. Being at the open sea offers excellent conditions.
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Northern Lights Norway. Photo by Gaute Bruvik. Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis activity takes place all year in all types of weather. However, to actually see the lights, the weather has to be dark and clear. The best chances of seeing the Northern Lights are between November and March, when there is limited amount of daylight. The display usually begins in the late afternoon or in the evening and continues with varying intensity into the night.

You can read more about the amazing Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights here (Wikipedia, external link)