NORTHERN LIGHT TOURS IN TROMSØ

Experience the Aurora borealis in beautiful Norway

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NORTHERN LIGHT TOURS IN TROMSØ

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The Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) are one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and Tromsø is one of the best spots to experience the phenomenon. Located in northern reaches of Norway, Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic.

Majestic mountain ranges, serene fjords, crystal-clear air, and pristine nature serve as the perfect backdrop for breathtaking views of the mystical Northern Lights. If seeing the Aurora borealis is on your bucket list, then Northern Light Tromsø Tours is the perfect travel agency to guide you on your adventure. 

We review local partners & offer several unique ways to experience the brilliant and awe-inspiring natural display, such as a Photography Tour, a Night Cruise, a Husky Sled Ride, a Night Reindeer Sled Ride, a Snowmobile tour, a Mini Bus tour, and even a Northern Light Overnight Ice Dome Stay tour.

All tours are led by local, experienced, dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly guides, who will go the extra mile to provide you with ample information about the setting and the lights themselves, will gladly answer all of your questions, and who will always make your satisfaction their utmost priority.

Carefully selected amenities are included with each tour to maximize your experience.


Northern Light Photography Tour

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Clear skies, clear air, and pitch-black nights make Tromsø, Norway one of the best places to take in the Northern Lights, and a Photography Tour led by our guides is the perfect way to capture and remember this breathtaking phenomenon forever.

Tromsø is the doorway to the Arctic and sits directly under the Auroral Oval, making it a prime destination for seeing and taking pictures with the astronomical wonder.

What’s included? 

  • Pickup at Tromso’s Magic Ice Bar
  • Drop-off at your accommodation 
  • Professional photographer
  • Hot meal of sausage or soy sausages, cookies, and hot beverages
  • Bonfire
  • Thermal suit and boots
  • Northern Light portrait and images from the tour
  • Photography lesson 

What your tour looks like

Prior to picking you up at the meeting place, our guide will carefully assess the weather forecast to find the location that is projected to have the clearest skies that night.

The adventure will begin in Tromsø, which is situated within close proximity to several microclimates, so there are ample opportunities to find the prime spot to view and photograph the lights. 

Once we’ve found the ideal spot to take in the Northern Lights, we’ll get a roaring bonfire going. While gathered around the fire, you’ll enjoy a meal of warmed lamb or soy sausages, cookies, and hot drinks.

You’ll be provided with heat packs and thermal suits to ensure you stay safe and comfortable for the entire duration of the tour. 

After you’ve eaten, we’ll take you to the perfect spot to view the Aurora borealis and our professional photographer will capture the most picturesque images of you and your party.

All images will be sent directly to you the following day. You are encouraged to bring your own camera, too! Once the trip has concluded, we’ll drop you off at your accommodation. 

  • Duration 7 hours
  • Tour guides speak English
  • Small group-size (up to 15 people)
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

Northern Light Night Cruises

There are few places that provide darker skies and pristine backdrops for viewing the brilliant, vibrantly colored dancing lights of the Aurora borealis than the pristine fjords of Tromsø. We offer three different Northern Light night cruises, and each one guarantees an incredible experience. 

3-Hour Northern Lights Sailing Excursion

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On our 3-Hour Northern Lights Sailing Excursion, you will have the chance to see two natural wonders – the Aurora borealis and the magical winter weather – while sailing aboard a luxurious catamaran on the fjord just outside of Tromsø. 

What’s included? 

  • Guided luxury catamaran cruise
  • Professionally trained and fully licensed skipper 
  • Professionally trained and highly experienced tour guide
  • Warm gear, including safety shits, hats, gloves, and boots
  • Small snacks
  • Coffee and tea
  • Tripod use

What your tour looks like

After making sure that you and your group are comfortable and secure, you’ll set sail into the darkness of the Artic night.

The skipper will take you to the perfect spot so you can see unobstructed views of the Northern Lights. A highly knowledgeable tour guide will provide you with a wealth of information about the area and the Aurora borealis, and will gladly answer any questions that you may have.

Upon reaching the ideal viewing location, you’ll have the opportunity to sit back and gaze in wonder at the dancing lights in the skies above you. 

You’ll be provided with all of the gear that you’ll need to keep you comfortable and cozy during the excursion, including warm suits, gloves, hats, and boots; however, we do recommend bringing along your own winter gear to further maximize your comfort.

You’ll also be served small, tasty snacks, as well as hot coffee and tea. 


4-Hour Northern Lights Cruise with Jacuzzi

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Experience the magic of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring phenomenon’s while enjoying total luxury aboard our 4-Hour Northern Lights Cruise with Jacuzzi.

You’ll set sail from the Tromsø city from the city center during the evening hours. As you float away on the peaceful fjord, be sure to take in the stunning views of the city lights as they fade away behind you and enter into the total darkness of the Arctic Circle. 

What’s included? 

  • Transportation 
  • 4 hours of sailing time
  • Warm winter gear
  • Hot beverages
  • Life jacket
  • Jacuzzi and sauna  (dependent on boat availability)
  • Towels 
  • Guaranteed views of the Northern Lights

What your tour looks like

You’ll cruise in complete comfort on a premium-quality boat that features cozy indoor areas and a comfortable outdoor area, complete with a Jacuzzi.

As you relax in the warm bubbling water while the jets massage you, you’ll sip on hot beverages and take in the views of the the vibrantly colored Northern Lights dancing in the sky above you.

If you’re traveling on the MS Stronstad, you’ll also have the opportunity to relax in an onboard sauna. Whichever boat you sail on, the fully licensed and highly experienced skipper will take you to different points, each one offering unique and pristine views of the Aurora borealis.

The skipper will carefully assess the weather prior to setting sail to ensure that you visit the location that offers the best viewing opportunities.

Views of the Northern Lights are guaranteed on this tour, so if the weather doesn’t cooperate, or the lights are fickle, you’ll be able to rebook another trip so you can see them. 


Northern Lights Cuisine Cruise by Electric Catamaran 

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Our Northern Lights Cuisine Cruise by Electric Catamaran is ideal for a honeymoon excursion, an anniversary dinner, or a romantic dinner just because; it’s also perfect for those who love gastronomy and have always wanted to view the Aurora borealis. 

What’s included? 

  • A 3.5-hour tour aboard a luxurious silent electric catamaran 
  • An experienced, dedicated, and highly knowledgeable tour guide
  • A freshly prepared traditional Arctic Tapas dinner, made with fresh, locally sourced produce
  • Freshly made dessert 

What your tour looks like

On this tour, you’ll set sail from Tromsø aboard a silent electric catamaran. A fully licensed and highly experienced captain will take you on a tour of the undisturbed Artic Sea, where you will be able to take in stunning uninhibited 360-degree panoramic views of Tromsø Island, mountains covered with glistening snow, the Arctic Cathedral and other beautiful landmarks.

You’ll even have the chance to explore the mysteries of the dark waters underneath you, as the crew will launch illuminated underwater drones into the depths below. 

While you relax in the warmth of the luxurious catamaran’s indoor cabin, you’ll be served a freshly prepared Arctic Tapas dinner, complete with traditional dishes with a modern twist, and made with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients.

Finish up the tour by tickling your sweet tooth with a delicious dessert. Do note that drinks are available on board, but there is an additional charge.

Our Northern Lights Cuisine Cruise by Electric Catamaran is truly a delight for all of your senses. 


Northern Lights Husky Sled Ride

Dog sledding is a time-honored tradition in the Arctic, and it’s the perfect way to take in the magic of the Northern Lights. We offer three unique Northern Light Husky Sled Ride tours, all of which offer a truly one-of-a-kind way to view one of the most magnificent wonders the earth has to offer. 

Husky Sled Ride Under the Northern Lights

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Head back to nature and marvel at the Northern Lights the same way that the locals have been experiencing their wonder for centuries – on a dog-led sled! You’ll chase the lights on a traditional sled that will be guided by a pure-bred Husky.

Our dogs are well-adept to the climate and their noses know the region like the backs of their paws! Together with one or two other guests, four-legged furry friends will guide you away from the city lights of Tromsø to the darkness of the Arctic Circle at night.

What’s included? 

  • Transportation 
  • Warm winter clothing
  • A 45 to 60 minute sled rid, guided by a team of pure-bred huskies
  • A warm campfire
  • A hot, freshly prepared, traditional Norwegian meal of stockfish or bocalao in tomato sauce

What your tour looks like

As you’re pack guides you along the glistening snow, be sure to look around at the majestic mountains and of course, look up at the endless star-filled sky – and the dancing Northern Lights.

The group will stop to take a break gathered around a warm, crackling fire, and share a hearty meal of fresh, locally-sourced Norwegian stockfish or bacalao (salted cod) in tomato sauce. Chat with others in the group in the tour guides, and take in the stunning views that surround you.

When you’re finished eating, take the opportunity to enjoy cuddling with the pups! This tour lasts approximately 45 to 60 minutes and is simply an amazing way to enjoy nature’s majesty. 


Northern Lights and Husky Experience with Dinner

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What could be better than taking in the Northern Lights while being surrounded by hundreds of pure-bred huskies and dining on a scrumptious meal?

If that sounds like you’re idea of a good time, consider our Northern Lights and Husky Experience with Dinner guided tour.

This tour lasts for approximately 4 hours, just 30 minutes from downtown Tromsø. The experience takes place at a husky camp, where you will be able to interact with more than 200 Alaskan huskies and their puppies!

Be sure to take in the breathtaking views of the majestic snow-covered mountains that surround you, too.  

Do note that while this tour does involve interacting with huskies, it does not include dog sledding. 

What’s included? 

  • Transportation to and from the husky camp
  • Authentic deerskin mats to lay on or chairs to sit in
  • An open fire
  • Marshmallows and hot beverages
  • A freshly prepared hot meal of bacaloo, made with Norwegian stockfish and tomato sauce
  • Coffee and cake
  • Warm clothing

What your day looks like

On this tour, you’ll gather around a roaring open fire, where you will be served hot beverages and will have the opportunity to roast marshmallows.

You’ll also be able to enter an authentic Iavvo (a Sami tent) while you’re waiting for the mysterious Northern Lights to make their appearance. When they finally arrive, you can lay down on a soft reindeer skin or sit on one a comfy chair and gaze up at the dancing, vibrantly colored lights, and stars that seem to go on forever.

Your experienced and highly knowledgeable tour guide will take the time to provide you with invaluable information and will answer any questions that you may have. 

As if all of the above isn’t enough, you’ll also be served a warm, freshly prepared traditional Norwegian meal of bacaloo with tomato and Norwegian stockfish (cod), made with locally sourced ingredients.

Finish off your meal with a delightfully sweet cake and a warm cup of coffee.  


2-Day Dog Sled Expedition 

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If you’re looking for a serious adventure while exploring the wonders of nature in the Arctic Circle, our 2-Day Dog Sled Expedition is calling you!

This tour involves a 2-day excursion above the Arctic Circle. You’ll depart from the city of Tromso on-board a sled pulled by a team of friendly, majestic, super-cuddly, pure-bred Alaskan huskies.

You’ll journey across the glistening snow anywhere from 5 to 8 hours (depending on the weather). While you’re traveling, be sure to take in the breathtaking views of the towering snow-covered mountains.

Once you and the team stop for the night, you’ll set up camp and will have the chance to look for the Aurora borealis in the dark night sky. A roaring provide warmth and a hot dinner will be served, too. 

What’s included? 

  • Transportation 
  • Experienced and knowledgeable tour guides
  • Fresh food
  • Camping equipment 

What your day looks like

On day two of the adventure, you’ll awaken to a delightful breakfast. You’ll then climb aboard the sled again and will travel even higher up into the mountains, where you will have the chance to see some of the most undisturbed wilderness and beauty on the planet.

Keep an eye out, as you might even get to see some native wildlife in their natural setting, such as Arctic foxes, Arctic hares, eagles, moose, and of course, reindeer.

The tour guides will teach you about dog sledding and how to care for the huskies.

At about mid-day, you’ll enjoy a meal of freshly prepared bidos (reindeer meat with vegetables), made of locally sourced ingredients, in a traditional Sami tent.

This excursion is sure to be an adventure that you will remember for a lifetime. 


Northern Light Reindeer Sledding

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There’s just something so magical about getting up-close and personal with real-life reindeer in a snow-filled, natural setting – and on our Northern Light Reindeer Sledding, Dinner, and Chance of Northern Lights tour, that’s exactly what you’ll get the chance to do!

This excursion, which lasts approximately 4.5 hours, departs out of the city of Tromso.

A short 25-minute drive from the city center will take you to a Sami reindeer camp, where you’ll have the chance to interact with and feed a heard of roughly 300 wild reindeer.

The reindeer are super-friendly, will gather around you, and some may even eat directly out of your hands!

What’s included? 

  • Transportation to the Sami reindeer camp
  • Tour guides
  • A three-course, freshly prepared, traditional Sami dinner
  • Wild reindeer interaction 
  • Hot beverages, dessert, and snacks

What your day looks like

The Sami and their reindeer have been living and working on the land for centuries and are an integral part of the culture. It was only recently that they began inviting guests to become a part of their daily lives.

You will gather with the Sami, the other members of your tour, and the tour guides, around a warm fire inside a candle-lit gamme (a traditional Sami hut), where you will sip hot beverages, including coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

You’ll also be served a casual three-course traditional Sami dinner, which will include bidos (a traditional Sami stew) prepared over the open fire. Don’t eat meat? There’s a vegetarian option available, too!

Once dinner is complete, you’ll be invited to a lavuu (a Sami tent), where you will gather around another fire and will have the opportunity to hear traditional Sami stories and learn about their culture.

A traditional Sami song, called a joik, will also be performed by the Sami guide. Don’t forget to look up into the crystal clear sky, too, and try to catch the Northern Lights; however, even if they don’t come out, there’s no doubt that the view of the endless stars will leave you in awe.

Of course, sharing a traditional meal with the Sami, learning about their culture, and interacting with a heard of more than 300 wild reindeer are all enough to make this experience an unforgettable one. 


Northern Light Overnight Stay 

Imagine spending the night in the wilds of the Arctic? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll have the chance to do on one of our Northern Light Overnight Stay tours, of which we offer two different options. 

Ice Domes Hotel Overnight Stay with Meals and Transfers

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Truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, our Tromsø Ice Domes Hotel Overnight Stay with Meals and Transfers is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

This excursion would be ideal for a honeymoon, an anniversary, or with any loved one for any reason at all. 

What’s included? 

  • Transportation 
  • An overnight stay in an ice hotel 
  • A tour guide 
  • Guided snowshoe adventure 
  • Dinner prepared on an open fire
  • Drinks at the ice bar
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dogsledding excursion 
  • All of the necessary gear and warm clothing 

What your tour will look like

The adventure begins at 5:00 in the evening, when you will be transferred from downtown Tromsø to the Tromsø Ice Domes, with a 6:30 arrival time.

An experienced and friendly tour guide will be available to assist you with all of your needs from the second they greet you at the Ice Domes until the time you deport the next morning.

The Tromsø Ice Domes feature ice bars, an ice cinema, ice bedrooms, and even an ice restaurant. As if that isn’t “cool” (pun intended) enough, each of the areas have unique themes, too, which range from local Sami culture to the northern lights, and are conveyed through intricate ice sculptures and vibrant colored lighting. 

Your guide will take you on a tour of the Ice Domes and will share how it was constructed. Sit down and relax while sipping adult libations at the ice bar.

In the evening, the guide will take you on a snowshoe tour into the pristine wilderness. Once you’re in the darkness of the Arctic, look up and take in the never-ending stars and try to see if you can spot the dancing Northern Lights.

The guide will also teach you how to make a fire and will help you grill a dinner made of fresh ingredients. After the excursion, you’ll return to the Ice Domes for the night, where you will retire in expedition sleeping bags on a soft mattress covered with warm, authentic reindeer skin. 

In the morning, you’ll awaken in a true winter wonderland. You’ll be served a traditional Norwegian breakfast at 9:00 am. After exploring further, you’ll be served lunch, and will then be taken back to the City Center, where you will arrive at 3:30 pm.


Overnight Lavvo Stay with Fjords, Whales, and Aurora

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Have you ever wanted to see whales in their natural habitat while also having the chance to see Northern Lights? If so, then our Overnight Lavvo Stay with Fjords, Whales, and Aurora. Herds of Humpback and Orca whales gather in Skjervoy from the months of November through January. 

What’s included? 

  • Rib-boat whale watching excursion 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner
  • Warm beverages
  • Overnight accommodations in a private Crystal Lavvos
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation 
  • Warm flotation suits

What your tour looks like

A local guide will pick you up at bright and early at 6:00 am outside of the Scandic Ishavshotel , and will transport you to Skjervoy. Upon arrival, you’ll receive flotation suits that will keep you safe and warm during your adventure.

You’ll then board a rib-boat, where you will have the opportunity to see Humpbacks and Orcas up-close – talk about a once in a lifetime experience!

After the whale watching excursion, you’ll dine on tasty sandwiches and sip warm coffee or tea before heading off to the Green Gold Villa in the beautiful Lyngen Alps.

You’ll then enjoy a warm, freshly prepared group dinner and a short, but informative photo workshop. Once the sun sets, you’ll head outside to try and view and capture images of the incredible Northern Lights and will stay the night in one of the private Crystal Lavvos.

The experience concludes with a lovely breakfast before returning to Tromso. 


Northern Lights by Road Tour

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Our Northern Lights by Road tour is a casual, yet exhilarating adventure. In a group no larger than 15, you’ll board a comfortable mini-bus and hunt down the Aurora borealis. A professional guide who is well-versed in tracking the lights will lead the way.

Prior to departing, the guide will analyze the weather and speak with other guides to ensure you have the best opportunity to see the natural phenomenon. 

What’s included? 

  • Transportation aboard a comfortable mini-bus, driven by a certified driver
  • A professionally trained and highly knowledgeable tour guide
  • Professional photographs of the Northern Lights
  • Warm meals freshly prepared by a local chef
  • Hot beverages

What your day looks like

After arriving at the prime location, the guide will take professional photographs of you and your companions with the colorful lights as the backdrop.

To ensure comfort, you’ll receive thermal suits and dry boots, and after viewing the vibrant light display, you’ll gather around a bonfire, enjoy a warm meal, sip on hot beverages, and roast marshmallows. 


Northern Lights by Snowmobile 

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Experience the ultimate adventure with our Northern Lights by Snowmobile tour. On this excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to ride your very own snowmobile into the mountains of the Arctic Circle.

As you travel through the dark night and over the glistening snow-covered valley, be sure to take in the beauty of the undisturbed nature that surrounds you. 

What’s included? 

  • Transportation 
  • Safety and demonstration course
  • Snowmobile provided
  • Gear
  • Warm meal and drinks

What your tour looks like

The tour begins at Magic Ice Bar, where you’ll board a bus that will take you to the Tromsø Ice Domes wilderness center. You’ll be supplied with all of the necessary gear, including warm clothing, and will complete a safety and a demonstration course – no previous snowmobile experience needed!

After boarding the snowmobile, a certified driver will guide you over the scenic landscape to Finn-valley. The trip takes about 2 hours, dependent on the snow and weather conditions.

Stops will be made along the way so you can take in the beauty of the scenery and search for the Northern Lights. 


FAQ

Q: When is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Tromsø? 

A: While the Northern Lights can appear between the middle of September and the middle of April in Tromso, the best chance of seeing this phenomenon is during the Polar Night period, which begins in mid-November and lasts until mid-January.

The sun never rises higher than the horizon during this time, so it’s dark for the majority of the day, making it the ideal time to see the Northern Lights. The lights appear in the evenings, often between 19:00 and 2:00 (7pm and 2am); however, there is no set time, as they’re naturally-occurring and don’t follow a schedule. 

Q: What is the best app to check the activity of the Northern Lights? 

A: There are several high-quality, accurate apps that you can use to track the lights. One of the best is the app: Aurora Borealis Forecast and Alerts

Q: What causes the Northern Lights to Appear? 

A: Also known as “Aurora borealis”, the Northern Lights are the result of solar winds that are filled with charge particles that enter the Earth’s magnetosphere.

The particles (primarily electrons and protons) are precipitated in the upper atmosphere, and as they lose their energy, the emit vibrant lights that appear in a variety of colors, including red, green, blue, yellow, and pink. 

Q: How long do the Northern Lights last? 

A: They can last anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. The length of time depends on the magnitude of the solar wind the charged particles are traveling on.