Northern Lights travel tips

Northern Lights in Arctic Norway. Photo by Bjarne Riesto/Nordnorsk Reiseliv

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 approximately 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.

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Northern Lights Norway. Photo by Gaute Bruvik/Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Kirkenes is located about as far northeast as 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 Snow Hotel.

In Kirkenes you can add
 Snow Mobile 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
Northern Lights Adventure Cruise – 7 nights
(optional stay in Snow Hotel/Kirkenes)

TROMSO – «The Northern Lights capital»

Tromso area. Photo by Anders Schumann/Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Tromso area

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 Golf stream current along the Norwegian coast.

In Tromso you can join 
Snow mobile Safari, Reindeer sledge, Northern Lights dinner cruise, Whale Safari & The Northern Lights bus.

Northern Lights trips to Tromso:

Tromso Winter adventure – 3 nights
Family Winter adventure – 3 nights
Northern Lights Safari – 5 nights
Tromso, Northern Lights & the Arctic coast – 7 nights
Northern Lights Cruise trip – 6 nights

Winter Cruise & Northern Lights – 7 nights


Arctic Cathedral Tromso. Photo by Baard Loeken/Nordnorsk Reiseliv

The Arctic cathedral Tromso

Enjoy an unforgettable, Norwegian Christmas on board one of the authentic Hurtigruten ships. The open sea is the perfect location for viewing the amazing Northern Lights!

Our Christmas cruises:

Northern Lights Christmas Cruise – 8 nights
Christmas Cruise package – 8 nights
Norwegian Christmas Cruise – 12 nights


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.

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