Northern Lights in Tromso

Nordlys_over_Tromso2Tromso’s location makes it one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights.

However never guaranteed, people staying in the area for 4-5 days have good chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis. If you are lucky enough to experience the “tricky lady”, it is something which you will never forget.

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The sight can be absolutely mind-blowing, magical and sometimes a little frightening, and many myths surround the phenomena in the local culture.

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Most of the time the northern lights in Tromso are green. The colour of the lights depend on the different gases, and their height, in the ionosphere. Although not as common, yellow, red, white and violet northern lights sometimes dance across the skies.

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When to see the Northern Lights

The best time of year to see the lights is in the darker months - from October to March. If you’re lucky you can see some in September and late August, but the other months of the year it is simply to light to see any northern lights in Tromso.

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As the earth spins, Tromso comes into the northern lights zone from about 6pm and stays there until 2am. You’re most likely to see it between 10pm and midnight, and needless to say the sky has to be clear.

Where to see them

The lights are easily spotted from the city if the skies are clear and there is moderate  northern lights activity.


To get a better view and avoid light pollution from the town centre it is a good idea to get out of town, either to Kvaloya or the mainland. Just like with stars, the northern lights are more easily spotted without other light around.


Luckily, Tromso is surrounded by dark and remote areas which makes the lights visible even when there is little activity.

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Let someone guide you

A good way to see the northern lights is to go with a guide, like Joanna Lumley did when she was in Tromso in search of the Northern Lights.


A guide will know where the best spots are, and may be able to take you somewhere you can see the lights – even if it is overcast in the city.


Many of the northern lights package holidays include northern lights guided tours, so it is worth having a look at what is available. As they book in bulk, it often ends up geing a better deal.

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Avoid disappointment

It can also be a good idea not to place all your eggs in the northern lights basket. Arrange to do other activities which take place outside at night. That way you haven’t wasted an evening out in the cold.


There are many activities available in the Tromso area where you can combine northern lights watching with other fun stuff, such as:

  • Dog sledging
  • Reindeer sledging
  • Snowmobile excursions
  • Hire some cross country skis and head off to the lit paths on the Tromso island
  • Feel the adrenaline as you’re tumbling down one of the many hills in Tromso with a plastic bag on your bum
  • Go on a Hurtigruten cruise

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