Northern lights in Tromsø

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Vegard Stien
Nordlys over Tromsø

Tromsø is located in the middle of the Northern Lights Oval, which is the area in the world with the highest probability of seeing the green lady. This means that there will always be good chances of Northern Lights in the Tromsø region, regardless of the sun’s cycles.

Of all the natural phenomena, the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, might be the most fascinating. When the night sky fills with green rays of light in a magical dance, which feels close enough to touch, yet so infinitely distant, you quickly lose the sense of time and place. Experiencing the Northern lights for the first time is something you will remember for the rest of your life. 

Like with many natural phenomena, the Northern Lights are changeable and unpredictable: When and where you can experience them is a question that all aurora lovers and chasers want to know. Turning your dream of seeing the Northern Lights into reality requires a combination of knowledge, time and patience.

The Northern Lights season lasts from September to April, depending on the weather conditions and solar activity. If the sky is clear, you might be able to see the Northern Lights right above the city of Tromsø. If you are flying from Oslo to Tromsø or from another destination you might even be lucky enough to see the Lights from your flight. The best way to increase your chances however is by going on a tour away from the bright lights of the city centre.

There are many different types of tours but generally Northern Lights tours are either a “Chase” or “Experience”. A Northern Lights Chase is usually in a vehicle where you meet at a central place in Tromsø in the early evening or late afternoon and then drive to find the lights. If the sky is clear and there is a strong forecast for Northern Lights that night you might not need to drive far. However if the weather is cloudy your chase might involve a bit more driving. Be prepared to allow for several hours for your Chase. 

An experience can involve a drive, boat trip, dog sled, overnight visit or any other adventure filled night-time activity during the aurora months. There are so many different activities you can book to enjoy that take place in the evening and have a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights. 

Take a look through our experiences and chases and choose the one that suits you best. Many of our visitors decide to book both a Chase and an Experience on different nights so keep in mind that’s also a great option. 

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