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Tromso: Best Place to see the Northern Lights

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Stretching along the east coast of the island of Tromosoya, and linked to the mainland by tunnels and bridges, lies the town of Tromso. Surrounded by magical mountains and fjords, Tromso is the traditional gateway to the frozen Arctic. This little sheltered harbor was the point of departure for explorers to the Arctic. During the 19th Century it was a trading post for hunters of polar bears, seals and walruses. Today, it is renowned as the best place for a different kind of pursuit-that of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.

The magic of the auorora has to be seen to be believed. Light dances across the sky in the most unbelievable colors. The night sky lights up with colors ranging from green-blue, pink and violet with the whole landscape bathed in a surreal translucent ,blue green light.

Tromso’s unique location, over 300 km north of the Arctic Circle in Norway, and its stable mild weather, makes it one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in the world.

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Best time to see the Northern Lights

Generally speaking, the best time to see the Northern Lights is from mid September to mid April, but to increase your chances, it may be advisable to visit between October and March. Still, it is not unknown for the lights to be seen at the end of August or even mid April.

Best place to see the Northern Lights.

The best way to see the Northern Lights is to travel away from the city so there is no light pollution. Though it is not uncommon to see the lights  within the town , when the auroras are really strong.

Take a trip up to the mountain by Fjellheisen cable car to track the auroras. If you are lucky to get a cloudless evening it will be a stunning unforgettable sight.

Northern Lights
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Top 4 places to see the Northern Lights.

Locals and tourists agree that the following are the best places to see the Auroras.


Around an hour’s drive from Tromso, the views are breathtaking. If you plan to do this relatively easy hike, you get to see fantastic views of the ocean and the neigbouring islands throughout the hike. Well marked pathways make it easy to reach the top.

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About 25 minutes drive north from Tromso gets you to this area of great scenic beauty.

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Just a thirty minute drive from Tromso, gets you to this incredibly beautiful place.

Other places mentioned by travelers are Kattfjordeidet, Kaldfjord, Sommaroy, Balsfjord, Skitbotn and the Finnish border.

Best times to see the Northern Lights.

The best time to see the lights is late in the evening towards midnight. If you are fortunate you could be witness to a magical night of dancing lights. Just keep a lookout as long as the darkness lasts. Sometimes they can be seen as early as 6 p.m or as late as 6 a.m.  Just keep in mind that these are natural phenomena, so they can be unpredictable.

Norther Lights in ERSFJORD
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If you are in Tromso for at least 3 to 4 days in winter, you should be able to catch the lights. Tour guides say, that there are very few nights when they don’t get to see at least some auroras. Sage advice is to take a guide so you definitely have a better chance of catching the lights, as they know where to find them. Several websites will give you an aurora forecast, but they may not be that reliable. It is better to look for a place with no clouds and no light pollution rather than follow a forecast. Which,  is where an experienced guide comes in.

Do dress warmly as temperatures can really plummet.

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