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Northern Norway is amongst the most comfortable and interesting places to see the northern lights. Between late September and late March, it is dark from early afternoon until late morning. This is the best time to see the northern lights.

About Northern Lights in Norway

Northern Norway is amongst the most comfortable and interesting places to see the northern lights. 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

We offer a great variety of northern lights tours in Norway. Get detailed information below and book your tour directly online.

Highlights 

If you are looking for more outdoor adventures in Norway, please refer to our Norway Guide for more information.

 

Best Time to Visit

High season: January - March

Good season: October - December

When is the best time to watch northern lights in Norway? 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. Between late September and late March, it is dark from early afternoon until late morning. This is the best time to see the northern lights in Norway. 

Specifically from November until January it is the darkest time of the year in Norway but note that this period there is also an increased chance of cloudy skies. 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.