Northern Lights Tours in Norway
Seek the aurora borealis on our northern lights tours and, whether you decide to travel by land or sea, the magnificent night’s sky above could be ablaze with nature’s finest light show.
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Only 10% deposit required : Cancellation insurance available : Covid entry test refunds
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About Your Aurora Tour
Get ready to wrap up warm to enjoy one of our northern lights winter tours, during which you’ll discover Arctic Norway on your quest to seeing the thrilling northern lights. These packages are designed to give you an authentic Norway travel experience and get you in the right place at the right time to catch the auroras*. When you book an aurora tour with Nordic Visitor, you can expect:
• An authentic travel experience operated by an established and trusted agency
• A dedicated travel consultant who will arrange your tour
• All relevant bookings for your chosen package
• A detailed online personal itinerary and all of your tickets emailed at least a month in advance
• Handpicked accommodation for a comfortable stay
• 24/7 phone support during your adventure for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it as easy as possible to plan your tour. Start your journey by following these simple steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm (or customise) your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
*The northern lights are a natural phenomenon so sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Why choose Nordic Visitor
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Plan your trip risk-free with Nordic Visitor's cancellation insurance. Add it to your booking to enjoy flexible terms and peace of mind. Purchase it with your package or secure it free of charge by booking a tour with 20% deposit or more. Terms & conditions apply.
Trusted local travel experts
Nordic Visitor is a leading travel agency that has been creating tour packages to Norway since 2005. Our English-speaking travel experts have all lived and travelled in Norway and add their local knowledge to each itinerary. Whether you’re seeing the northern lights by cruise, or with a guide, choose our packages to create unforgettable memories.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Our attentive team takes the hassle out of travelling, leaving you to experience the beauty of Norway without any of the worry. All of your accommodation, transport and activities are booked before you arrive and you’ll be sent a personalised itinerary, listing all of the fantastic attractions you’ll see, well in advance. As well as this, you will benefit from our tried and trusted network of hotels, guides and more
Customisable tour options
We want you to go home with amazing memories so we add as many stunning sights and hidden gems as your itinerary will allow. However, we appreciate everyone’s travel wishlist is different, so we’ll be delighted to help you customise your package with extra activities, extended stays and more.
You are in good hands
We strive to provide you with the very best service imaginable and we want to make sure you’re happy before, during and after your trip. This is why you’re assigned a dedicated travel consultant to ensure you’re well taken care of. Should anything arise during your travels, you won't be on your own. Our team will swiftly modify your itinerary as needed so you don’t miss a thing.
Full financial protection
With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your holiday arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded with an insurance protection that guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.
OUR TOUR REVIEWS
Listen and read what our fantastic customers have to say about our northern lights tours.
Jane and RosannaUnited Kingdom
Dear Helena, We are now back home in England. I just wanted to say thank you from me and Rosie for organising our... read more
Dear Helena, We are now back home in England. I just wanted to say thank you from me and Rosie for organising our holiday so efficiently. We had the most wonderful time and we were quite sad to leave! I think we have fallen in love with Norway! All the hotels and excursions were really good and we loved the snowmobile and dog sledding. The Snow Hotel was amazing. The Trollfjord trip was incredible also. And we saw the northern lights 3 times! This was quite possibly the best holiday we gave ever had. So thanks once again, it was a pleasure to be looked after so well by you.
Alan and NarelleAustralia
Overall it was a great way to see Norway when you have limited time. It was a great way to see the country from... read more
Overall it was a great way to see Norway when you have limited time. It was a great way to see the country from different types of transport and the excursion for the Northern Lights were great. The guide was very helpful and tried to get the best advantage points for some great pictures. The dog sledding was also a wonderful experience which we would not have missed. The dogs were so friendly and instructions on sledding clear - with a hearty reindeer and vegetable meal to warm us up after the chilly sledding! We have not hesitated to tell others of our experience and now find some friends and family have now added it to their 'bucket list'! Thank you for your continued support throughout this adventure.
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Your Northern Lights Tour Highlights
Picture yourself in the wilds of Norway, listening to the sounds of nature whilst waiting for the elusive northern lights to flicker and dance in the sky above. Book our tours and soon you could...
- Join an aurora safari through the Tromsø countryside, and hunt the famed northern lights with an expert guide
- Taste traditional Norwegian delicacies in Kirkenes, such as the famed red king crab
- Wander through the picturesque fishing villages of the Lofoten Islands where you’ll see typical fisherman huts
- Visit the “Gateway to the Arctic” Tromsø, where you will learn to command a dog sled pack and ride a snowmobile
- Gaze in wonder at the startling natural beauty of Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord
- Board the charming Flåm Railway and leisurely ride through stunning wintry landscapes
- Stroll through Norway’s grand capital Oslo, and discover Bergen and its UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen
- Watch local wildlife amongst the panoramic landscape of the North Cape, mainland Europe’s northernmost point
- Stay in the famous Kirkenes Snow Hotel, and sleep on a bed made of ice
Northern Lights Tour Advice
Read our insider tips to prepare for your trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Northern Lights Tours
We know you may have some questions before you book, so we’ve answered the most important ones for you. You can also find more detailed answers and travel ideas in our Norway Travel Guide. Or, if you want to know more about our processes and payment details, check out our FAQ page.
We appreciate that our customers have travel wishlists when they come to Norway, so we use our local knowledge to add in as many must-see attractions and hidden gem recommendations as we can into our packages. However, should you have any requests, we will do our best to arrange this for you!
You can add on days at either end of your trip to have more time to explore, or, if you have a particular activity or place in mind, please discuss it with your travel consultant who will try to build it into your itinerary.
We advise that you book your package first to secure your tour and your preferred dates. It is useful to check potential flight times and prices, but be aware some airlines and flight booking websites raise their prices between visits, so remember to do research using Private or Incognito mode.
Once we confirm your tour by email, purchase your flights to make it all official. If you have missed out on flights, please get in touch with us to change your tour dates.
Norse Vikings believed that the northern lights were reflections of heavenly Valkyrie armour. Nowadays there’s a scientific explanation for them, of course.
Auroras appear when the sun blasts charged particles towards our planet. The particles collide with atoms in our upper atmosphere, which create bursts of glowing light. The movement, shapes, brightness and colours depend on the type of atoms involved as well as the pull of Earth’s magnetic forces and the intensity of the solar flares.
The best places to see the northern lights in Norway are inside the Arctic Circle, including Tromsø, Kirkenes and the Lofoten islands. Your chances increase depending when you visit, solar activity and your distance from city light pollution.
For a detailed guide on when and where to go, read our blog on the best places to see the northern lights in Norway.
In Norway your chances of seeing the northern lights are greatest between September and April, with October through March being the best months. To be able to see the lights clearly, you need a dark night sky, which means the summer months are largely ruled out, as, during this season, the sun may not set at all in northern areas of Norway.
To see the lights clearly you need a dark night sky, which means the summer months are largely ruled out. During this season, the sun may not set at all in northern areas of Norway due to a phenomenon called the midnight sun.
Peak time for seeing the northern lights is between 11pm and 2am, so make sure to stay up late! Northern lights ‘hunting’ tours will often leave late to ensure you have the best chances. If you’d rather stay warm in bed, some hotels in the countryside may offer a special "wake up" call if the lights come out.
Sightings of the northern lights during the late spring and summer months are very rare. The reason for this is that while aurora activity is year round, the nights are not dark enough to view them clearly. We want you to have the best opportunity of seeing them in all their glory, so we recommend visiting in winter to increase your chances.
The lights at their most vivid during the months of:
Want to learn more? Read our blog on the northern lights in Norway.
By visiting Norway, you’ve already boosted your chances of witnessing the northern lights exponentially, as the closer you are to the Arctic Circle, the clearer the lights appear.
If you want to be in the middle of the northern lights’ famous show, then head north to further increase your chances! We also recommend getting away from the light pollution of cities and towns. When you’re hunting the aurora on one of our northern lights trips, remember to stay up late as the darker the night, the clearer the lights. Be patient and wait for this natural phenomenon to surprise you!
Winter is the prime aurora-viewing season, with this in mind we recommend that you wrap up when searching for the northern lights. Bring and wear plenty of woolly layers and remember to have on gloves, hats and thick socks. In between viewing locations, keep warm in the brisk weather by taking a flask of a tasty hot drink with you.
Here's a quick list of the basics:
- Hat, gloves, scarf
- Thermal coat
- Insulated undergarments or long johns
- Sensible walking shoes or boots
- Woollen jumpers or fleeces
If you want more packing ideas, make sure to check out our handy guide.
We know that you’ll bring home amazing memories, but bringing home photos of the mesmerising (and elusive) northern lights would be the cherry on top to show all your friends and family. Here are our top photography tips for capturing the aurora:
- Bring a DSLR camera with manual focus and, if possible, a tripod and a remote trigger to avoid blurred images
- Pack extra batteries as freezing temperatures can deplete battery levels quickly
- Wear a headlamp or bring along a flashlight to see what you’re doing, even in the dark
- Turn off image stabilisation as when the lights move it can cause blurriness
Read our Norway northern lights guide for more expert aurora tips.
Do you have a question about our northern lights tours? Whether you want to extend your stay in Oslo or add to your trip with a dog sledding session, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.
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+354 578 20 80
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