Northern Lights travel tips

View of the Northern Lights close to Malangen by Malangen Resort

Where and how to see the Northern Lights

Arctic Norway is ideally located in the middle of the Northern Lights zone. From Oslo it takes approx. 2 hours by domestic flight to get to our main Northern Lights destinations; Tromso & Kirkenes, both of them located in the middle of the Northern Lights zone.

Read more about our Northern Lights travel tips:

Snowmobile tour underneath the Norhern Lights by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Snowmobile tour in Kirkenes

Snow room at Kirkenes Snowhotel by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Snow room at Kirkenes Snowhotel


Kirkenes is located about as far northeast you can get in Norway, close to the Russian border & the Arctic wilderness. Kirkenes is located by an Arctic fjord cutting in from the Barents Sea. The winter climate in Kirkenes is normally cold and dry, with snow throughout the winter. Kirkenes is the home of the amazing Snowhotel.
In Kirkenes you can add snowmobile safari & king crab fishing.

Northern Lights trips to Kirkenes:
Ice Hotel Northern Lights Break, 4 nights
Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Tromso, 6 nights
Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Fjord tour, 7 nights
Northern Lights Cruise & Snow Hotel, 6 nights
Top of Europe Aurora Arctic Adventure, 6 nights
Northern Lights Adventure Cruise, 7 nights
(optional stay in Snow Hotel/Kirkenes)
Winter Cruise & Northern Lights, 8 nights
(optional stay in Snow Hotel/Kirkenes)

Dog sledding Tromso by Baard Loeken, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Dog sledding in Tromso

Northern Lights in Arctic Norway by Anne Olsen Ryum, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Northern Lights in Arctic Norway

TROMSO – «The Northern Lights capital»

Tromso is beautifully located on the northwest coast, surrounded by mountain peaks & protected from the Norwegian Sea by Arctic islands. Tromso has a coastal climate, milder than in Kirkenes due to the Gulf Stream current along the Norwegian coast.
In Tromso you can join snowmobile safari, reindeer sledge, Northern Lights dinner cruise & Northern Lights bus.

Northern Lights trips to Tromso:
Tromso Winter Adventure, 3 nights
Family Winter Adventure, 3 nights
Northern Lights Safari, 5 nights
Arctic Wilderness, Northern Lights & Tromso, 6 nights
Tromso, Northern Lights & the Arctic Coast, 7 nights
Northern Lights Cruise trip, 6 nights

Arctic twilight in Tromso by simone55445, Foap, Visit Norway

Tromso in winter


Enjoy an unforgettable, Norwegian Christmas on board one of Havila Voyages cruise ships, offering the most sustainable coastal voyage on the Norwegian Coast. The open sea is the perfect location for viewing the amazing Northern Lights!

Our Christmas cruises:
Christmas Cruise Package, 8 nights
Norwegian Christmas & Northern Lights Cruise, 8 nights
Northern Lights Christmas Cruise, 9 nights

Snowmobile trip by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Snowmobile trip in Norway

Winter Cruise by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Northern Lights Cruise Norway


Our packages are flexibleyou can add nights and adventurous activities, combine two packages, choose to spend the first or final night at an airport hotel.

Our packages include all travel within Norway, along with hotels and activities. You just have to arrange for your international flight to Norway. For your convenience you can choose an airport hotel on the arrival day to Norway, and also for the final night in Norway if you have a late incoming or outbound flight (applies for Oslo Gardermoen Airport).

You will be provided with appropriate, warm clothing for the scheduled, outdoor activities.

The travel packages are unescorted/ independent, hence you will not be part of a group. You can read more here.

Read about the amazing Northern Lights

View our Northern Lights Tours & Cruises

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Contact Fjord Travel Norway:
Use our contact form, send e-mail to [email protected], or
call us on +47 (55) 131-310 (Mon-Fri 09:00 to 15:30 local time)

What our customers say:

  • I wanted to thank everybody. We had a wonderful trip. Everything went well and fortunately we had the chance to see the lights while on the cruise. All my friends in Turkey would like to go on a similar trip. So I will be in touch with you. Thanks again and best wishes to all of you.

    Candan, Turkey

  • We just recently completed the Tromso, Northern Lights & Arctic Coast tour. I am writing to say what an amazing tour we had. Everything ran smoothly without an issue, the accommodation was fantastic and the tours were brilliant. We cannot fault the package at all. I would also like to thank Franziska and Lene, they both were fantastic in answering all my questions promptly, whilst booking the tour. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable holiday!

    Robert, Australia

  • On behalf of the group I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our wonderful tour of Norway. Everything went very well including the weather, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all the hotels, the central locations you chose and the amenities, especially the lavish breakfasts. Three extra days in Oslo allowed us to tour the city at our leisure and to enjoy more of the important sights including the newly opened National Museum. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was amazing and made much easier by using your recommended porterage service between hotels in Oslo and Bergen. Both the train journeys and the boat trip were spectacular, and combined with a night in the beautiful Kviknes Hotel made for an unforgettable two days. We were very impressed by the Hurtigruten cruise, particularly the way they combined a working ship with a cruise ship, the comfortable accommodations, the food and service. It was fascinating to visit all the various ports, islands and fjords and the two included tours were excellent and informative. In the end we were glad to have the extra night in Kirkenes, to visit their lovely museum and take a trip to the Russian border. It was a good way to end the tour. Again, thank for staying with us through 2 years of pandemic postponements and changes. We certainly will recommend Fjord Travel in the future.

    Marilyn, United States