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See the Northern Lights in Norway

Aurora borealis Norway. Photo by Gaute Bruvik Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Northern Lights

The spectacular Northern Lights – 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.

The Northern Lights are visible between October and March when the sky is clear, depending on the Northern Lights activity.

The best place to see the Northern Lights is in the Northern, Arctic parts of Norway.  From time to time the  Northern Lights are visible as far south as Trondheim, and in rare occations they might even show up in Oslo.

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway. Photo by Bard Loken, Innovation Norway


The Arctic town of Tromso – Norway’s «Northern Lights capital» – offers a maximum of Northern Lights activity, as the town is ideally located in the middle of the Northern Lights zone.

Tromso is beautifully located surrounded by mountain peaks, islands and fjords. In Tromso you will find a wide range of Northern lights evening trips, along with snow based activities such as dog sledding, reindeer sledge and snowmobile safari.
Tromso is also an excellent destination for whale watching.

Tromso is the northernmost university town in Europe, with a vibrant night life despite its size.
Read more about our Northern Lights tours to Tromso

Northern Lights and Sami outside the Snow Hotel. Photo by Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Northern Lights outside Kirkenes Snow hotel

The Arctic town of Kirkenes at the «top of Europe» is located far north east in Norway, close to the Russian border. Kirkenes is also located in the Northern Lights zone, with cold, dry  winters and normally a lot of snow.

Kirkenes, a former mining town, offers perfect surroundings for Northern lights spotting as well as adventurous activities such as king crab safari, dog sledding to the Arctic wilderness and snow mobile trips, and no mass tourism.
The main winter attraction in Kirkenes is the magic Snow hotel, perfectly located outside the lights of the town. Each December they build the amazing Snow hotel next to a narrow, Arctic fjord. For those who prefer not to sleep inside the Snow hotel, just see it, you can sleep in a comfortable, tiny, wooden Gamme chalet, located next to the Snow hotel.
Read about the amazing Snow Hotel

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