8 ways to experience the northern lights in Tromsø

Want to see the Northern Lights this autumn or winter? Choose Tromsø in Norway!

Tromsø is a key destination in Norwegian Lapland. Ideally located beyond the Arctic Circle and on the Norwegian Sea, this town has plenty to surprise you! Discover the Sami culture, get lost in snow-covered landscapes, sail along the fjords, and marvel at the sight of an orca or a whale: this end of the world is brimming with activities, each more magical than the last. From September to March, the Northern Lights take over the scene, and Tromsø takes on a magical atmosphere. The city is illuminated by these impressive veils of light, making your stay in Norway an unforgettable experience.

To help you make the most of this experience, we’ve selected the best things to do to see the northern lights in Tromsø!

Learn to photograph the northern lights around Tromsø

Photographier les aurores boréales à Tromsø

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Want to take home a memorable souvenir of your stay in Tromsø? Watch the Northern Lights with a professional photographer!

Departing from Tromsø, you’ll board a custom-built 4×4. Direction: the surrounding coastal islands. You’ll let yourself be carried along by the hazards of the night, until you reach an open area from which you can observe the starry sky and the northern lights.

Your guide will pamper you with a delicious hot meal. And all night long, bundled up in thermal suits, you’ll learn how to capture this majestic phenomenon on film.

The snowy landscape, the warmth of the campfire… There’s no doubt that you’ll be transported by this unique experience in the heart of the Arctic Circle!

  • 👍 Number of participants: 8 people maximum
  • ⌛ Duration: 6 to 9 hours
  • 💰 Price: €176.27/person
    💙 We love: being warm in the middle of the snow to photograph the northern lights.

Night-time reindeer sleigh ride

Promenade nocturne en traîneau à rennes

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Do you like to discover local cultures when you travel? Join the reindeer herders and immerse yourself for a day in the history and traditions of the Sami people.

The tour begins with a stop at the reindeer camp. After getting acquainted with your companions for the day, you’ll board a sleigh for an enchanting ride through the snow-covered forests. Then it’s time to join the herders for a memorable evening in a goahti, their traditional home.

The program includes culinary discoveries and fireside stories. Your hosts will start with a taste of bidos, a traditional soup cooked over a wood fire. And once you’ve warmed up, you’ll be ready to be lulled to sleep by the tales and legends they’ll tell you. The walk ends in a lavvu, the traditional Sami tent, where you’ll be treated to a musical performance of joik songs. You’re sure to appreciate the conviviality of this timeless experience.

If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing overhead.

  • ⌛ Duration: 4.5 hours
  • 💰 Price: €178.84/person
    💙 We love: immersing yourself in Sami culture and being lulled by local legends.

Watch the northern lights in Tromsø by dog sled

Observer une aurore boréale à Tromsø en chien de traîneau

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To experience the Northern Lights intensely in Tromsø, go dog sledding!

Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, you’ll love taking a husky ride and experiencing the thrill of driving your own sled! This local means of locomotion is not only a fun way to explore the Norwegian wilderness, it’s also a thrill. After several hours of wandering through forests and quiet plains, it’s time to take refuge in a lavvu and enjoy a warm meal by the fire.

  • ⌛ Duration: 7 hours
  • 💰 Price: €209.81/person
    💙 We love: driving your own sled dog!

Watch the Northern Lights in Tromsø from a sailing boat

Observer les aurores boréales à Tromsø à bord d'un voilier

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Want to get away from the artificial lights and experience the Northern Lights to the full? Take to the open sea aboard a sailboat!

For three hours, you’ll discover the Arctic fjords from the comfort of your boat, and be overwhelmed by the scenery. Starry skies, snow-capped mountains and the Northern Lights… It’s impossible to remain indifferent to this spectacle and its reflection on the water!

To make the most of the experience, the crew will provide you with warm tracksuits. And if the wind picks up, you can take refuge in the cabin, where snacks and hot drinks await you.

  • 👍 Number of participants: 12 people maximum
  • ⌛ Duration: 3.5 hours
  • 💰 Price: €139.88/person
    💙 We love: feeling like you’re floating among the stars and northern lights.

Luxury safari and overnight in traditional accommodation

Safari de luxe et nuit en hébergement traditionnel

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Looking for an all-inclusive, comfortable way to see the Northern Lights from Tromsø? Enjoy a two-day safari between Skjervoy and the Lyngen Alps!

You’ll start this adventure off the fjords, in a motorboat. Snug in your wetsuit, you’ll get up close and personal with orcas and humpback whales. A thrilling encounter in a dazzling setting!

In the evening, you’ll head to the Green Gold Villa, a beautiful hotel set in the mountains, where a delicious hot meal awaits you. When the northern lights appear, you’ll finally take advantage of a photo workshop to learn how to immortalize them. With stars in your eyes, you’ll continue dreaming from your bed, the roof of your lavvu offering a magnificent view of the night sky.

  • 👍 Number of participants: 16 people maximum
  • ⌛ Duration: 29 hours
  • 💰 Price: €489.56/person
    💙 We love: getting up close to orcas and humpback whales in the morning and falling asleep in the mountains watching the northern lights.

Sleeping in an ice shelter

Dormir dans un hébergement de glace

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For a complete immersion in the snow and under the northern lights, sleep inone of the world’s only hotels made of snow and ice: Camp Tamok!

Welcome to the Kingdom of the Snow Queen – or should we say, Camp Tamok! The only one of its kind in the world, Tamok’s accommodations are both polar and comfortable. And that’s not all!

In the evening, you’ll be invited on your snowshoes to explore the surrounding area. At the halfway point, you’ll set up camp and warm up around the fire, before enjoying a meal in a cosy setting. On the return journey, you’ll head back to your accommodation for a chilly – but not icy – night. To make the most of this experience, you’ll be provided with appropriate clothing.

Finally, the next morning, you’ll set off on a dogsled expedition and enjoy a traditional Sami meal in a lavvu.

An experience you won’t forget…

  • 👍 Number of participants: 2 people maximum
  • ⌛ Duration: 24 hours
  • 💰 Price: €1,279.86/group
    💙 We like: sleeping in an ice dome and doing several local activities.

Immersion in the heart of Sami culture

Immersion au cœur de la culture sami

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Want to discover Sami culture? Explore the wonders of nature on the island of Kvaløya.

In addition to a ride on a reindeer-drawn sleigh, you’ll be guided and pampered by a real Sami. In a lavvu, you’ll taste a traditional gourmet dish usually served at weddings. Your host will tell you all about his culture and legends. As night falls, you’ll be whisked away to the outdoors, where the enchanting spectacle of the northern lights begins.

When sleep finally calls, you’ll bundle up comfortably under reindeer skins.

  • 👍 Number of participants: 4 people maximum
  • ⌛ Duration: 17 hours
  • 💰 Price: €380.60/person
    💙 We love: discovering Sami culture in a totally immersive experience.

Take a snowmobile tour

Faire un safari en motoneige

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Looking for a thrill? Hunt for the northern lights on snowmobiles!

Fresh snow dunes and wilderness await you! For two hours, you’ll drive along the frozen Finn Lake, through enchanting forests and discover some of the lavvus around Tromsø. All along the way: the unmissable Northern Lights! You’ll have plenty of thrills and spills before ending your experience in a lavvu with a hot meal.

  • ⌛ Duration: 7 hours
  • 💰 Price: €380.60/person
    💙 We love: roaming the wilderness at a hundred miles an hour!

Whether you’re adventurous or not, these experiences will give you a memorable Northern Lights experience in Tromsø! So, which one will you choose this winter? 🙂