Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights? 2017-07-21T18:58:24+00:00

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Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?

Where can you see the Northern Lights?

The ultimate question: Where is the best place to see the northern lights?

The best places to see the northern lights fall between 61º and 73º North. This region is commonly known as The Aurora Zone and it sits directly beneath the Auroral Oval, an elliptical ring that borders the Earth’s magnetic North and South poles. Because of the high latitude it is only dark enough to see the aurora in the Northern Hemisphere from the end of August to early April. As a result, the rest of the time the aurora borealis is still there but the sky is too bright for it to be visible to the human eye.

Furthermore, the Auroral Oval is constantly changing in shape and width therefore there are some locations near the edge of The Aurora Zone that aren’t always covered by the Aurora Oval

Although Aurora Borealis activity appears to change randomly it is actually caused by activity on the Sun and fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetic field.

Northern Lights over Gullesfjord

What do we know?

Between 2004 and 2015 we travelled to Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. On the first few trips we travelled during school holidays but in 2013 we took the children out of school, bought an RV motorhome and spend a whole northern lights season in Norway, Sweden & Finland in search of the best place to see the northern lights.

After 10 years of Aurora Chasing and such an extensive trip in Norway, Sweden and Finland we found – in our opinion –  the best place to see northern lights. This is where we run our northern lights holidays today, just inside the county of Troms and only 15km from the largest town in the region: Sortland.

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2017/18 Northern Lights Holidays
Motorhome in Arctic Norway

The Best Place to see the Northern Lights – Maximise your chances

Over the last 10 years we have scouted many locations and witnessed some stunning northern lights displays across Europe in Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway.  

Over that time, one of the most important things that we have learned as Aurora Chasers is the need to maximise your chances and increase your odds of seeing the northern lights. There are many different factors that affect your odds, some of them you can swing in your favour, some are simply down to Mother Nature which you have no control over.

Because of this there is no ‘perfect’ single location because there are so many factors that affect the chances of seeing the northern lights.

The only realistic thing to do is to go for a best fit option – and we believe that here and with us is the best place to see the northern lights.

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Here are a few reasons why this is the best place to see the northern lights

Location, Location, Location

Inside the Arctic Circle and under the Auroral Oval

We are directly underneath the Aurora Oval at 69º North

On average we see the northern lights every other night between September and April. Directly underneath the Auroral Oval we are in the best place to see the northern lights.

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We are the experts

We have over 10 years aurora chasing experience

We've spent the last decade in search of the best place to see the northern lights

If you are a family group we know how to keep the children entertained and the adults relaxed. If you are an older aged group or have medical problems then we recognise your physical limits and adjust the itinerary to fit. 

If there is a chance to see the aurora on a particular night, we are out looking for it. Your guide Chris is also a very experienced aurora photographer and offers help and advice throughout the trip.

Dark skies

away from the light pollution

Low population

We have a very low population which also means very little light pollution. This is a big plus compared to areas around larger town such as Tromsø which can light up even the thinnest of cloud and spoil an aurora display.

Weather

The location of our basecamp gives us lots of options in direction of travel

Beating the Weather

Beating the highly changeable weather can be a challenge. Our central location allows us to move relatively quickly to the coast or inland, North, South, East or West.

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Temperature

It's not as cold as you might expect!

Gulf Stream Temperatures

Our location is nearly 69ºN but we have the mildest temperatures for this latitude on the planet, thanks to the Gulf Stream. Visit this latitude in Alaska, Finland or Russia and the temperatures can often hit -40ºC and lower!

The average temperature here in January is around -2ºC (35ºF).

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Transport & Infrastructure

Good road networks

Despite the location and low population, the whole region has a very good road network and infrastructure. This means it is quick and easy to travel long distances in short times, even in bad weather conditions. This is a must-have for all serious Aurora Chasers.

Easy to get here

Fly to our local airport via Oslo

Being only 2 hours drive from the airport in Harstad/Narvik our location is easily accessed by air and all our trips include airport transfers with us. Air transport direct from Oslo is very reasonably priced and served by Norwegian Air and SAS.

Amazing Scenery and Wildlife

We have the best scenery and nature in the Aurora Zone

We have the best scenery: fjords, mountains, lakes, rivers, seascapes, beaches, waterfalls, ice and snow. 

We have a huge diversity of wildlife: whales, eagles, reindeer, dolphins, moose and arctic foxes

There are fantastic photo opportunities around every corner, day and night.

Small Group Tours Only

highly personalised trips

We only work with small groups for each tour

We take a maximum of 6 guests for photo trips, 7 guests for regular trips and 8 guests for family trips. This allows us to make the whole experience a lot more personalised.

If you want a holiday where you can sit on a large bus and look out the window then we are not the guides you are looking for. Move along.

Amazing day time activities

for all ages

Day trips for all ages

It’s not all about Aurora Chasing.

During the day we take guests to some incredible locations where they can experience husky sledding, whale watching, visit a working Sami reindeer farm and travel by RIB on an eagle safari.

We also visit Norway’s aurora research and space centre and several photography & scenery day trips including an amazing voyage to the deserted fishing village of Nyksund and travelling further south to some enchanting scenery in The Lofoten Islands.

We have fjords, mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, ice and snow coupled with wildlife as diverse as whales, eagles, reindeer, dolphins, moose and arctic foxes in a low-population location where non-light polluted dark skies are plentiful.

There is no other place we know of that has all of this under one sky…

and this is no ordinary sky!

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