Where and When to See the Northern Lights in Norway

Norway Northern Lights

You are here

Last updated:

Viewing the colorful aurora lights illuminating the sky has become a bucket list desire of thousands of people from all over the world. This breathtaking natural phenomenon occurs depending on numerous meteorological factors, yet the best chances of catching the show are as far north of our planet as you can go during specific months. On this page, we have gathered answers to often asked questions regarding trips to Europe to see the Aurora Borealis.


Where to See Northern Lights in Norway?

Nature's beauty and magic of the colorful lights can be best viewed in regions which are above the Arctic Circle. As such, the very north of Canada, Russia, and the Scandinavian countries in Europe are among the top locations in the world to try your luck in seeing the lights. And most often people wonder: should you go to Norway to see the Northern Lights? The answer is a definite "yes"! The general rule is to head to the far north as close to the Arctic Circle as possible.

Speaking of specific destinations in Norway to go to to see the lights, such towns as Tromso, Svalbard, Kirkenes, and the major city of the beautiful Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer, are the places to set off to. When there, wait until it gets dark and for the sky to be clear to boost your chances of viewing the phenomena, luckily for you, there are very few light hours (and at times none) in northern Norway in the winter. And the options of catching the lights are vast as well with safaris and going on a Northern Lights cruise in Norway being the hits.

To make the experience even more unforgettable, travelers often choose to stay at unique properties, such as hotels that are re-built every year and made completely out of snow and ice! As such many Norway Northern Lights travel packages offered by Tours to Norway include unique accommodation experiences for overnights. For instance, properties like Glass Igloos, offering private igloos with glass roofs in the bedrooms that are designed for catching the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky right from the comfort of your bed, are among the top-ranking favorites!


When Can you See the Northern Lights in Norway?

Even though technically the lights can be seen at absolutely any time of the year, the brightest, richest and most fascinating vistas are to be viewed in the wintertime. Most Norway Northern Lights tour packages on offer are built specifically for Norway travel from November to early March. Yes, this is the coldest time of the year with freezing temperatures yeat with proper clothing and preparation such an adventure can be a highlight to remember your whole life! As the journeys to see the Aurora Lights are rapidly gaining popularity, it is wise to start planning such a getaway at least a couple of months before the supposed trip.