Northern lights

Tromso Activities Northern lights tour

With years of experience, we optimize your chances of finding the northern lights on your trip to Tromso. We have access to the best weather forecasting, local informants and knowledge of the region that is key to finding the lights! All our tours are maximum 8 persons – which gives us time to help you catch the best pictures, and portraits under the Northern lights. Please click on a subject you would like to know more about.

What`s included in the tour?

How long do the tours last, where do you go?

How can you be so sure of finding the lights?

What if the weather is bad? Low KP index?

What if the weather is Worse?

Do you have any discounts?

What if we don`t see the lights

Do i need to bring my own camera? How do you share pictures?

What clothes do you recommend to bring?

 

 

What`s included in the tour?

  • Free portraits with the northern lights/scenery!
  • Transport to and from your pick up point (or the hostel)
  • Camp-fire, hot beverage and snacks (if weather permits)
  • Thermal suits
  • Maximum 8 persons (personal/small group guiding)
  • Some of the best local knowledge available

How long do the tours last, where do you go?

  • Tours last from 5 – 9 hours.
  • Tours start from 9PM in August, September and April
  • Tours start from 7 PM in October and March
  • Tours start from 6 PM in November, December, January and February
  • If conditions are better later or earlier than normal starting times, we will move the tour to optimize chances (information will be provided)

Our priority is to see the lights. We will be out as long as practical to reach that goal. Sometimes we will go towards the coast, others we may even cross the border to Finland or Sweden. This gives us flexibility to choose. The big busses have only a few places where they can stop and let people off. We can stop in any side road, or pocket that we like. There are some amazing spots that we also pick if we can, please see our “Gallery” for some examples.

How can you be so sure of finding the lights?

The simple answer is space and time. At the maximum we have 9 hours to look for the lights. At the same time we have an area of 200 kilometers at our disposal. It`s simple mathematics! You observe the sky for a long period of time, and you go to the place where you have the clearest view and the least light pollution.

What if the weather is bad? Low KP index?

Most people make the mistake of checking the weather forecast for Tromso weeks or days before they arrive. Because of the unique Norwegian landscape, weather is highly localized. A fjord is basically a vain of water with a constant (high) temperature being pumped in and out of the landscape by the tides. The high mountain ridges create barriers that can trap moisture and precipitation on one side, and clear the air on the other. Within the 200 kilometer radius of Tromso are continental, coastal, mountanous, and highland climates. Not to mention the fact that weather forecasts are highly innacurate until a few hours before.
The KP index is by its nature unpredictable. While it can predict a general solar activity level, you cannot use it to know how, when or where, the northern lights will show up. Imagine you look at the weather forecast and you see it will get windy. But you cannot predict when the gusts of wind will blow. This is a useful way to look at the Aurora forecasts. (And please delete your “Aurora forecast” app – they always say “Try”)

What if the weather is worse?

We will always ch0ose safety first. We specifically check road warnings put out by the Norwegian government. If there are indications that snowfall or floods makes roads unsafe we will either move the tour to a different time or cancel it. All payments will be refunded, no questions asked.
Do you have any discounts?
If you pre-book two northern lights tours with us via email (tromsoactivities@gmail.com) We will provide the second one for only 650 NOK! (~~70€)

What if we don`t see the lights

Since the lights are a phenomenon that arizes high up in the upper layers of the atmosphere they are by their very nature, unpredictable. If by chance we don`t see the lights, there is no refund or discount. However you can pre-book two tours and get a discount.

Do i need to bring my own camera? How do you share pictures?

You do not need to bring your own camera. If you do, we recommend bringing a tripod as well. We can help you with most types of cameras to get the optimal shot.
Point and shoot cameras normally provide poor images, and are hard to set. A good DSLR camera with a wide angle lens is what`s going to provide the best results.
We have our own camera, and will happily take pictures and portraits. After the tour is over they are provided for free in a shared folder for one month.

What clothes do you recommend to bring?

When spending time outside in diverse climates you need to be prepared. It will always be better to bring too much than too little, since being cold is no fun.
Bring socks and shoes that protect your toes.
Bring gloves that can be easily removed in case you need to set your camera
Bring a hat and a scarf
A warm down jacket
layers, fleece jacket or wollen underwear