Northern Lights in Norway is one of the most amazing sights on Earth. The dance of “green lights” in the night sky is unforgettable.
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Where to see the Northern Lights?
When I planned the trip I was looking for the best place to see the Northern Lights in Europe. Aurora can be seen everywhere in Scandinavia, but in the end, I chose Norway. Beautiful landscapes, relatively mild climate and developed infrastructure.
In this short article, I will tell you how to see the Northern Lights in Norway.
First of all, you should find out the best place and time to see the Northern Lights.
The best time to see the Northern Lights in Norway
From October to March, the best time to see the Northern Lights.
Darkness is a prerequisite for observing Aurora. In the North of Norway, the autumn and winter months have more hours of darkness. In the summer, it is impossible to observe the Northern Lights, because in the North of Norway there is midnight sun and light around the clock.
Not all winter months are equally good for watching the Northern Lights in Norway. But in any case, you will see it.
The strongest activity (KP Index) of the Northern Lights is in October and early March. You can see the Northern Lights in Norway around from 8 to 9 p.m.
August – October. The Northern Lights can be seen from the end of August. But its intensity is not strong and the night is still very short. In October things change. October is one of the best months to watch Aurora.
November – December. Not the best time for a visit to Norway. The weather is terrible, with prolonged rains and storms.
January – March. From early February to mid-March the best time for a visit to Norway and photographing the Northern Lights too. The day becomes longer. There is more sunny days and precipitation is less.
End of March – April. By the end of March, the opportunity to watch Aurora Borealis is getting smaller. This is due to the days getting longer. I'm not sure you can see it in April. NORTHERN LIGHTS
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Where to see the Northern Lights in Norway
Northern Norway is the best place to see the Northern Lights. Here is the lowest KP and the biggest chance to see Aurora. Of course, you can see it in the south of the country in Oslo. But your chances are much less and the intensity of the Northern Lights should be high.
The best place to see the Northern Lights in Norway
- Lofoten Islands: The best place to see the Northern Lights in Norway. I wrote in detail about shooting in my guide.
- Senja: The second best area for observing the Northern Lights is the island of Senja in Norway. There are not many places here as on the Lofoten Islands, but the fjords and beaches will be a good place to watch Aurora.
- Tromsø: If you arrived in Norway at the international airport at Tromsø, it is a good starting point to see Aurora.
- Alta: A city located at 70º latitude is the capital of the Northern Lights in Norway. Unlike the Lofoten Islands and Senja, there are hotels specializing in the Northern Lights. You can stop at the igloo and watch the Aurora from your hotel room.
- Nord Cape: If you reached Nord Cape in the winter, it will be unforgettable. Watch Aurora on the edge of the world at 71º latitude.
- Svalbard: The northernmost part of Norway. 81º latitude. You will see the Northern Lights but what will you do next. In winter, the sun does not rise in Svalbard for several months. Very cold. This is a good choice if you are planning a winter Arctic trip, dog sledding and watching polar bears.
- Oslo: Although Oslo is located in the south of Norway, you can see the Northern Lights in Oslo in winter if there is a very strong solar storm. But it will be less intense.
Aurora Forecast in Norway
Aurora forecast in Norway is a very necessary tool for you. It should not be left to chance to see the Northern Lights. It might be better to stay home or spend half the night on the seashore.
Fortunately, you can use the online aurora forecast. The forecast does not give a full guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights but it is quite accurate.
You will be informed about the time and intensity of the Northern Lights and will be ready to hit the road.
Aurora Forecast resources
You can watch the forecast of the Northern Lights online. All you need is the Internet.
Watch the weather forecast!
Even if there is a strong solar storm, but the sky is covered with clouds, your chances of admiring the Northern Lights are nil. However, the weather in Norway is very changeable and one should not despair even if it rains.
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Northern Lights tours in Norway
Northern Lights tours are the best way to see Aurora. There are many Northern Lights tours in Norway.
You can take the Northern Lights tour anywhere: to Tromsø, Lofoten Islands, Senja, etc.
Most Northern Lights tours are in Tromsø.
Ride a reindeer and see the Northern Lights
And of course, pay attention to the Tromsø Ice Domes Hotel Overnight Stay. It's not necessary to spend the night here, but you won't be left without amazing selfies for your Instagram.
Lofoten is a very popular place. Lofoten is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and everyone wants to see it.
If your goal is up to your photography skills, I invite you to my weekly photo tours on the Lofoten Islands. During the week we will be focused on the 'hunting' for the Northern Lights.