See the Northern Lights in Norway

Amazing Northern Lights in Norway by Pixabay

Where can you see the Northern Lights in Norway?

The best place to see the Northern Lights is in the Northern, Arctic parts of Norway – in the Northern lights zone. From time to time the Northern Lights are visible as far south as Trondheim, and in rare occasions they might even show up in Oslo.

The Northern Lights are visible between October and March when the sky is clear, depending on the Northern Lights activity. The visibility is best in the darkness, outside the light pollution of towns.

Northern Lights Tromso by Bard Loken, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Experience amazing Northern Lights in Tromso

In the Arctic town of Tromso

Norway’s «Northern Lights capital» – offers a maximum of Northern Lights activity, as the town is ideally located in the middle of the Northern Lights zone.

Tromso is beautifully located surrounded by mountain peaks, islands and fjords. In Tromso you will find a wide range of Northern Lights evening trips, along with snow based activities such as dog sledding, reindeer sledge and snowmobile safari.

Tromso is the northernmost university town in Europe, with a vibrant night life despite its size.

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Northern Lights. Photo by Gaute Bruvik, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Breathtaking magic!


At the «top of Europe», Kirkenes is located far north east in Norway, close to the Russian border. Kirkenes is also located in the Northern Lights zone, with cold, dry winters and normally a lot of snow.

Kirkenes, a former mining town, offers perfect surroundings for Northern Lights spotting as well as adventurous activities such as king crab safari, dog sledding to the Arctic wilderness and snowmobile trips, and no mass tourism.

The main winter attraction in Kirkenes is the magic Snowhotel, perfectly located outside the lights of the town. Each December they build the amazing Snowhotel next to a narrow, Arctic fjord. For those who prefer not to sleep inside the Snowhotel, just see it, you can sleep in a comfortable, tiny, wooden Gamme chalet, located next to the Snowhotel.

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Alta Igloo ice Hotel By By FriKant Mediedesign, Sorrisniva

In Alta you can sleep in an Ice hotel!


Alta, also known as “The Town of the Northern Lights,” is located 375 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Alta enjoys a good, dry and stable climate, with many nights with clear skies that allow the Northern Lights to appear most of the nights.

The main winter attraction in Alta is the Igloo Hotel (ice/snow hotel), perfectly located outside the lights of the town. Alta also offers a wide range of Northern Lights trips, along with snow based activities such as dog sledding, reindeer sledge and snowmobile safari.

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Northern Lights. Photo by Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Experience magic in the darkness!

About the Northern Lights

The spectacular Northern Lights – nature’s own light show- are solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole, forming arches, waves and curls of light moving across the sky, with sudden rays of light shooting down from space.

Dr Dònal Hill from University of Oxford explains us all about these magic lights occurring on the northern skies.
Watch our Northern Lights video (external link – You Tube)

Suggested Northern Lights tours:

Northern Lights illuminating the sky in Tromso by Gaute Bruvik, Visit Norway

Spectacular Northern Lights over Tromso


Northern Lights Safari
Enjoy 3 nights in the center of the beautifully located Arctic town of Tromso, along with overnight stays in Oslo. You can replace a night in the hotel with a Wilderness camp stay.
• Activities: Northern Lights trips, Dog sledding, Aurora Safari & Arctic gourmet lunch.
Domestic flights are included.
• Duration: 5 nights. November to March
• Add-on: Extra nights, Snowmobile trip, Reindeer sledding & Snowshoe trip

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Reindeer by Konrad Konieczny, Visit Nord Norge


tour to Kirkenes

Ice hotel Northern Lights break
Spend a night in a real Snow hotel & 1 night in the Arctic town of Kirkenes, a former mining town located close to the Russian border. The tour starts & finishes with overnight stays in Oslo.
• Activities: An adventurous Dog sledding trip to the Arctic wilderness & Arctic dinner.
• Duration: 4 nights. December to April
• Add-on: Snowmobile & king crab fishing

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Northern Lights Arctic Norway by Anne Olsen Ryum, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Magic sky

tour to Alta

Igloo hotel & Arctic Wilderness
Stay at an Igloo ice hotel, at a cozy Mountain lodge & in a traditional Lavvo (Sami tent) – 3 exotic nights in the Arctic silence! The tour starts & finishes with overnight stays in Oslo.
• Activities: Dog sledding, Snowmobile trip, Reindeer sledding & Sami experience, Northern Lights activities & Arctic meals.
• Duration: 6 nights. December to March
• You can add:  Extra nights in Oslo

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Sami under the Northern Lights by Orjan Bertelsen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Northern lights and reindeer

see more northern lights tours

We offer a large selection of Northern Lights tours & cruises to Tromso, Kirkenes, Alta along with Northern Lights cruises & Christmas cruises to the Arctic coast of Norway.
Most of the tours start & finish with overnight stays in Oslo; all you have to do is book your international flights to Norway, and we take care of the rest!

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Streets of Bergen by Gjertrud Coutinho, Visit Bergen

Wooden houses in Bergen

Who are we?

Book safely with Fjord Travel Norway – a local, Norwegian company. We have been in business for more than 20 years. 
Based on our local know-how we focus on authentic, sustainable and eco-friendly travel experiences in Norway, always trying to provide the very best, hassle-free and seamless itineraries, activities & accommodations.

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Questions about our tours?

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What our customers say:

  • Thank you for assisting us with our trip to Norway. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kirkenes and the Snow Hotel. The arrangements you made for us were perfect. The lodging was comfortable and the excursions were fun. Tom and I rarely use the services of a travel company when we travel; you enriched our trip and made the planning easy.

    Alison, United States

  • 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