Which Northern Lights trip is best? We couldn’t possibly say. What is great for Peter is a nightmare for Paul. But what we can say is that Northern Lights experiences are incredibly diverse. Here is a selection from the huge variety of trips available across Northern Norway.

List of inspirations

Use the links below to navigate to the numerous experiences at all of the destinations. Because there are a lot of them, we can’t say what will suit you — it really depends on you. Some people prefer a civilised sky bar, while others dream of lying in an ice cave 1000 kilometres from the North Pole.

  • Svalbard: Northern Lights hunters on Svalbard obviously spend the night in an ice cave, a grotto beneath the ice, far from the lights of Longyearbyen. The whole experience is surprisingly comfortable!
  • East Finnmark: If you spend the night in the snow hotel in Kirkenes, you’re first in line to see the Northern Lights, go dog sledding, snowmobiling or visit a gourmet restaurant. But the Northern Lights are the star of the show.
  • Inner Finnmark: In Karasjok, walking up Halde mountain by snowshoe is quite an easy hike which offers views deep into Finland’s hill country and out to the coast, and also of the Finnmarksvidda plateau. That’s quite a panorama for a Northern Lights safari.
  • Alta:  A Northern Lights safari with GLØD in dry, stable Alta could take you out to the coast or into the plateau, depending on where the weather is best. Experienced guides give you the best chance of success.
  • Tromsø: You can learn the many tricks of Northern Lights photography with Creative Vacations. Then you can try out your newly acquired skills on the Northern Lights sky, anywhere between Finland and the sea.
  • Bardu: From Innset Husky Farm you can drive a team of dogs between Norway, Sweden and Finland. Sleeping in a tent guarantees that you won’t miss a single green glimmer.
  • Harstad: You can get to Valhall, deep in the beautiful Bjarkøy archipelago, by RIB from Harstad. The enormous sky above the islands here is perfect for Northern Lights hunting.  
  • Vesterålen: The beautiful, historic fishing village of Nyksund, where only a handful of people still live, turn off the street lights to allow the Northern Lights to be seen in their full splendour. This is Northern Lights hunting with time for relaxation and reflection.
  • Lofoten: At Hov, on the dark, northwestern coast of the archipelago, you can ride sturdy Icelandic horses on white, sandy beaches under the Northern Lights.  
  • Narvik: Njalasuokis a Sami siida (village) in the dramatic mountain setting of Narvik, and they love to welcome Northern Lights hunters. Sami food in a lavvo tent, with a hot, meaty “buljong” drink, keeps you warm while you wait.
  • Bodø: Watching for the Northern Lights in the coastal metropolis has to be the most civilised type of safari. The city’s two sky bars give you a wide panoramic view far out over the Vestfjord, where the Northern lights dance above the Lofoten Wall. Have your jacket ready, and enjoy a tall glass of lemonade.
  • Helgeland: Winter is at its mildest on the islands out here. Stay in a cabin at Seløy Kystferie and hike up little Storhågen mountain. This gives you views out over the sea, the islands, the lights of the tiny settlements, and the Northern Lights to the north west.

Happy hunting!