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The Northern Lights are an incredible spectacle of colorful lights, dancing in the sky causing an amazing and unique scenery. The Northern Lights are a rare sight and only seen in the most northern parts of the world. The event attracts people from all over the world and is that is for a reason.

About Northern Lights

The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon that can paint the night sky with unearthly, surreal color. To observers at far-northern latitudes, they're a frequent occurrence, but many who live in more temperate climates have never seen them. As a naturally occurring phenomenon, the appearance of the Northern Lights is notoriously difficult to predict any further in advance than about two hours before it happens. 

To see the northern lights requires patience, luck, and the following conditions to be met:

  • The night must be as dark as possible (full moon will dim the aurora)
  • There should be as little unnatural light (light pollution) as possible
  • There should be little to no cloud cover
  • There must be enough solar activity

The best places to watch the lights are Iceland, the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, the northwestern parts of Canada, the southern tip of Greenland and over the coastal waters north of Siberia.

Combine your northern lights adventure with another outdoor activity to make it an even more unique experience! We offer a great variety of northern light tours in Scandinavia, Iceland, and Canada.

We are simply your best chance to find a tour for witnessing the northern lights. Get detailed information below and you can book instantly online.

Highlights

 

Best Time to Visit

High season: January - March 

Good season: November - December

The best time to see the Northern Lights depends on how far up you go in the Arctic. Auroras occur throughout the year but the light summer months render them invisible to the eye so we have to focus on the rest of the year. Generally speaking, January to March are probably the three most popular months for Aurora hunting because they bring long dark nights and often plenty of snow to enjoy during daylight.

November to December are a time of change in the Arctic bringing the first major snows of the winter and shorter days increase the amount of time the northern lights are visible. There are no guarantees of course but during an 2 or 3 day stay you have a very good chance to see the lights.

There is not really such time as best time of day. Once darkness falls, the Aurora can be visible at any time of day between as early as 4pm and as late as 6am. The majority of organized northern lights tours concentrate their search between 20:00pm and 22:00pm, combining the convenience of normal evening hours with having good dark skies.