Tromsø is the best place to see the Northern Lights. You can learn more about why Tromsø is the best location to see the Northern lights on our FAQ page and you can learn more about the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis on our blog About the Northern Lights.
There are many different ways to explore the wilderness for a chance to see the Northern Lights, regardless of what type of traveller you are or what your time frame is. As always, we’d suggest embracing the darkness, become night owls and plan evening activities.
I’m coming for a couple of days. What is the best explore option for me?
Most travelers come to our northern paradise for just a couple of days, averaging 3 nights. If you are planning a weekender to the north, we always recommend making the most out of your time in the evenings. For weekenders, we suggest having your base in Tromsø city, on Tromsøya (Tromsø island), where all popular activities will depart from. For the most opportunities to see the Northern Lights, we recommend arriving during the day and join for a tour that evening. We’d suggest booking three evenings chasing the Northern Lights on our Aurora Hunt activity. Alternatively, we can suggest booking two Aurora Hunts and 1 Star Walk on the Wild Side for those more adventurous. Note: the Star Walk on the Wild Side availability depends on the moon cycles, we need enough light to safely snowshoe at night.
We can recommend during the day to join for Winter Arctic Landscapes or another day time activity that will return you to Tromsø city well in advance for the night tour departure time.
What about longer itineraries?
Wandering Owl offers a variety of multi-day tours and itineraries for those travelers coming for a number of days and wishing to maximize their time and take advantage of our local knowledge. We offer multiday guided group tours, private guided tours, and self-drive multi-day itineraries. Follow this link to view the suggested departures and itineraries we have available, feel welcome to reach out to us for more information and offers.
What about exploring neighboring regions?
Wandering Owl has local partners in neighboring regions, especially the beautiful Senja Island. If exploring Senja is something you are interested in, please reach out to us directly for more information.