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8+1 Ways to Experience the Northern Lights in Norway

22. April 2021, 15 min reading time

Norway offers incredible Nordic adventures to enjoy the Northern Lights, making it the most popular destination choice for all travellers.

Also known to travellers as Lapland, Northern Norway is compared to another realm. Situated well within the Auroral Oval, this makes it a prime destination that allows for many spectacular opportunities to witness the magic of the Aurora Borealis. 


The Northern Light Zone and Forecast


Take a break and visit the Northern Lights in Norway

From as far north as Alta, Tromsø, Kirkenes, and Bodø, northern Norway is a Northern Lights feast during the months of September through March, and even a touch of April. Unlike Norway’s most southern regions where a glimpse of the Northern Lights is not unheard of but is particularly rare.

Whilst travelling the frosted northern region, it is wise to download the local aurora forecast app to help inform you of the current possibilities of sighting the mythical skies. Be sure to check our Introduction to the Northern Lights blog for more top-quality tips and information.

Be prepared to leave behind big cities, bypass subtle-small fishing villages, and enter luscious landscapes while being inspired by the tales from the Norwegian locals - we welcome you to Northern Norway.

Marvellous Activities in Tromsø

Known as the gateway to the Arctic, Tromsø is surrounded by steep mountains, breathtaking fjords, and is beautifully connected to mainland Norway by bridges.

1. Enjoy a Luxury Yacht 

Ready to pamper yourself in a five-star holiday? 

Would you like to be an Arctic Royal for the evening? Then look no further! Hop aboard the Arctic Queen Luxury Yacht and sail into the blissful horizon in search of Aurora Borealis in Tromsø.

Unwind in the warm saloon as you enjoy hot fish soup and explore the Northern Lights from a different perspective. Featuring the best view of the ocean, you can capture the perfect image of the Green Lady from the Yacht’s fabulous flybridge.

An intimate and secluded experience for the love-struck-lovebirds ready to pamper their senses.Northern Lights Cruise

2. Sled-ride Under the Starry Sky


What else could be more Nordic than a reindeer sleigh ride?

If you wish to experience true Sami culture during your time in Norway, a Reindeer Sledding experience from Tromsø under the theatrical Northern Lights is perfect for you. Best for cuddling up in a wooden sleigh and allowing these glorious animals to pull you gently along the shimmering snow while the Northern Lights brighten your path. 

This fascinating cultural adventure includes reindeer sledding, an introduction to joik (traditional Saami chanting), storytelling about the Sami culture, and a traditional hot Sami meal.

Are you ready to travel through Tromsø’s landscapes the traditional way?Reindeer Sledding and Northern Lights

3. Chase with Bonfire


Discover the local hidden gems of Tromsø - you will be surprised! 

The locals are known for their genuine North Norwegian hospitality and we are thrilled to point you in their direction!

Accompanied by our trusty tour operators to enlighten you with local knowledge, you will chase the explosion of green butterflies through rugged terrain and over snowy landscapes, whilst warmed from the comfort of the inside.

Once the perfect spot has been found, you will be served delicious hot drinks and a slice of homemade cake around the warmth of a freshly lit campfire. Also, did we mention the local Tromsø charm?

A wonderful relaxing evening with the family well spent!Chase with Local Charm

4. Enjoy an Auroral Dinner 

first_rate_aurora_dinnerCheers to Lady Aurora!

Two Arctic phenomena in one, perfect for the romantics among us.

Sailing through Tromsø's arctic fjords onboard a silent hybrid-electric boat underneath the Northern Lights is an expedition one should not miss.

Accompanied by a professional crew who inform you of all the secrets of your surroundings, and a stunning 3-course meal of homemade, locally sourced, seasonal, and fresh ingredients, your journey through the Fjords will be an unforgettable and memorable experience.

You may ask yourself why the Northern Lights are worth seeing from the ocean. How does this sound? While the lights illuminate the sky above you, their beauty reflects upon the ocean beneath you. In theory, surrounding you in a bubble of electric colours, reaching out to hold your hand.Aurora Dinner Cruise


Maximise Your Nordic Adventure in Bodø

The beautiful mixture of Bodø’s high mountains, piercing peaks, deep flowing fjords, and exemplary nature is enough to take your breath away.

5. Marvellous Nordic Adventure with an E-bike

ebike_tours_norwayJust hop on and ride!

Are you interested in trying something a little different? 

Travel from Bodø by ebike through local Norwegian village areas and across gravel roads until you reach the bottom of the climb up to peak Keiservarden. 

Your fabulous eBike is designed to give you that little extra push on the way up, taking the pressure off the body. At 360m high and a lengthy 4.5km ride until the peak, we are sure it will have your adrenaline pumping for the well anticipated and breathtaking views along the way. 

With panoramic views of the beautiful Bodø once you reach the top of the summit, what more could you wish for when hunting the Northern Lights? For all you adventurers, we promise it's worth it.Guided eBike Tour



6. Let´s Have Fun with the Huskies


Dare to dart across the frozen fjords?

Those wishing for an adventure with a little natural speed may opt for the lightning bolt otherwise known as the husky of the north. Our eager friends and their dedicated dog mushers in Øverbygd await, ready to guide you through pristine Nordic nature. 

Dart across frozen Fjords and into the perfect surroundings of the Øverbygd mountainous arctic landscapes on a search for the Northern Lights. Relax inside a reindeer herder’s tent with the warmth of the campfire and enjoy a tasty traditional hot meal.

Imagine gliding peacefully, breathing in the invisible crisp taste of euphoria, and hearing only the snow crunching beneath you from the slicing of the sleigh. We recommend sharing this experience with your loved one and seeing who is the best musher of the evening as you become a team with your newfound husky friends. Dog Sledding Evening


A Unique Outdoor Experience at Kirkenes

As far away from the city lights and the hustle and bustle you can get - Kirkenes offers that unique, genuine, and arctic experience of being outdoors.

7. Sightseeing on an Aurora Bus


Venture on an unforgettable holiday with your family or friends!

Venture out into the wilderness and deep into the Arctic nature of Kirkenes in search of the electric Northern Lights.

From Kirkenes, head east towards the Russian border, west toward Finland, or south into the Pasvik valley, depending on the weather forecast, and explore the untouched Nordic landscapes along the way.

Dusted with a sprinkle of magic, this is an impeccable choice for the newlyweds wishing to celebrate, or the romantic partners looking for the perfect place for an intimate proposal. Aurora Bus Safari


Refresh and Retreat in Alta

Alta, situated just south of the North Cape, is the northernmost tip of the European continent. It possesses the right climate, crystal clear skies, and excellent Nordic adventures to fulfil any travellers wishes.

8. Hop on a Norwegian Fjord Horse

typical_nordic_horseReady for a ride?

The Norwegian Fjord Horse, a breed that is sturdy and patient is an ideal way to travel slowly through Nordic nature as you cuddle up and enjoy the crisp air and surrounding forest views in search of the Northern Lights.

Guided underneath the lightning sky along the Alta River and towards the wilderness shelter, you will be overjoyed with local and historical stories while you sit comfortably around the golden fire.

Indulge in a light homemade dinner and make new friends as you watch the sky come alive with the blissful colours of the Alta evening.

Riding by horse-sleigh will have you instantly feeling like a local.Sleigh Ride Under the Northern Lights


Choose a Combo Tour to Maximise Your Nordic Adventure

8 + 1 The Ultimate North Cape Aurora Adventure


Imagine a Nordic view with champagne and a ceremony

This tour is an ultimate explorers adventure to the Northernmost part of Europe - the Nord Cape.

Embark on a whirlwind of snowmobile thrills that include a selection of glorious activities along the way, adding sweet pleasure to your trip. Let the adrenaline keep you off your toes as you curl your fingers over the handles.

Dart through snowy scenery and frosted fjords, try ice-fishing in the open lakes, loosen up in an outdoor jacuzzi, and enjoy a champagne ceremony at the Nord Cape - your final destination.

Dedicated to giving you a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the local guides will be with you throughout your 3-day expedition as you drive over 160km on the snowmobiles on just the first day!

Even the Green Lady herself will be impressed by how far you’ve come to witness her mystical display.North Cape Adventure


Scenic Adventures and a Northern Light Photo Guide

We hope our article has helped you to choose the right tour to glimpse the wanted Northern Lights. We also understand that bringing home photographic memorabilia will be of high importance and so we recommend checking out our Northern Lights Photography Guide on how to capture the most spectacular moments.

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Happy travels on your Northern Norway adventure!

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