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Fjord Tours Articles / 18 Nov 2019

Different Ways to Experience The Northern Lights

Experiencing the Northern Lights is one of the most amazing things you can do in nature. The colorful display that lights up the black sky is a truly awe-inspiring spectacles and will leave you with impressions and memories you will never forget! Luckily, Norway is a prime location for seeing these frail rays of beauty.

When the solar winds meet the atmosphere around the magnetic north pole, the phenomenon known as Aurora Borealis is created. When this meeting occurs waves, arches and curls of light move across the sky, and sudden rays of light shoot down from space. This phenomenon is more commonly referred to as The Northern Lights!

Norway is one of the prime locations to experience the Northern Lights and Fjord Tours offers loads of different ways to see them. Check out our exciting list of activities and tours below and find the perfect way for you to experience the Northern Lights!

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Northern Lights & Norway in a nutshell®

The Northern Lights & Norway in a nutshell® tour is perhaps the ultimate way to experience Norway and the Northern Lights. This breathtaking tour combines the popular Norway in a nutshell® tour with your very own Northern Lights adventure!

During the tour, you experience mountains and fjords with the Bergen and Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord on a fjord cruise, with the highlight of the trip being the journey up north to Arctic Tromsø to see the Northern Lights!

In Tromsø you go on a 7-hour Northern Lights excursion to Camp Tamok, one of the prime locations to see the Aurora Borealis. You will be equipped with an insulated bodysuit, boots, gloves, headwear, and headlamp. The excursion also includes a hot meal, a short nighttime hike and social time by the open fire in the big lavvu (Sami herdsmen’s tent).


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Northern Lights Chase in Tromsø

On this activity, you travel by bus from Tromsø and chase for the magical Northern lights! With good local knowledge, your guide will take you to the best areas to experience the Northern Lights and excellent scenery for taking pictures. To find a clear sky your driver will stop at nothing, he will drive all the way to the Finnish border if needed!

High-quality pictures of participants will be taken and uploaded to Tromsø Friluftssenters Flickr account for you to download and share with friends and family.


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Northern Lights Cable Car Excursion in Tromsø

The Northern Lights Cable Car Excursion in Tromsø is an experience like no other. During this activity, you head up the famous cable in Tromsø for an Arctic meal at dizzying heights overlooking the surrounding island and mountains. 

This is the perfect spot to enjoy views of vast Arctic landscapes while enjoying a locally sourced meal in the cozy mountain top restaurant. A great meal accompanied by a great view; what could be better?


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Northern Lights Photo Tour in Reine

In beautiful Reine, Lofoten you can experience the greatest show on earth by joining in on a Northern Lights Photo Workshop. Here you will receive essential knowledge about night photography and an experienced photographer will show you the best techniques to catch the Aurora Borealis with your camera.

Depending on weather conditions and Aurora forecast, your guide will drive to different locations to get the best view and interesting landscape. The trip lasts around 4 hours (depending on Lady Aurora) and is suitable for anybody who is eager to see and take photos of the Northern Lights.


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Northern Lights Walk in Tromsø

On this walking adventure, you will get to know the famous Northern lights and the local myths and history surrounding them by simply putting on your walking boots. During the activity, you set out into the evening with an expert local guide who will tell you all you need to know about the Northern Lights.

Your guide knows the local hotspots for seeing the Northern Lights like the back of his hand and will lead you away from any light pollution of the city center. During the tour, you will also be served some hot drinks and snacks to stay warm during the hunt.


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Northern Lights tour by bus in Tromsø

Chase down the famous Northern Lights on an exiting bus tour! On this tour you get away from the light pollution and larger groups with an expert Northern Lights. He will take you to the clearest spots and knows where the Aurora is most likely to be dancing in the sky.

The tour starts at in the centre of Tromsø, where your guide, your vehicle and hot drinks and snacks await you. After a short introduction to the tour, you specialist guide who has already studied the Northern Lights forecast in detail, will take you on your Northern Lights journey.


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Other ways to see the Northern Lights

We have several other tours and activities that are not specifically Northern Lights tours, but where you may well see the Northern Lights! Especially in the Dog Sledding & Snow Tours category. Check out those activities HERE, and see all activities HERE.

Happy Northern Lights hunting!