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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

NORWAY -NORTHERN AURORA




NORWAY -NORTHERN AURORA

You may wonder, where do you have to go to experience the Northern Lights? It is expensive?

 Will it be possible for any mortal? And then the keyword appears: Norway!

 

So to clear all your doubts, here is the Quick Guide on how to organize a trip to see the Northern Lights in Norway.

In what season of the year can you see the Northern Lights in Norway?

 The Northern Lights can be seen between the months of September and April, however it is important to consider the following:

  • March and October. They are the busiest months of the year and we have the climate in our favor. Snowfalls and storms are not as intense or are just beginning, so the obstacles to enjoying the show decrease considerably.
  •  February and September. They are very good months, the activity is quite intense and the weather is favorable.
  • November, December and January. The activity decreases a little compared to the other months and the climate presents certain inconveniences due to the snowfalls. The cold is also very intense.
  • April. It is possible to find them this month, but the activity is low since it is the last of the season and with the arrival of spring and the light, sightings decrease a lot.

 March and October are the best months to see the Northern Lights as the activity is very intense and the cold is more bearable. 

Where to see the Northern Lights in Norway?

 To see the Northern Lights in all its splendor, it is necessary to cross the Arctic Circle, so you have to direct the compass and the notes on the map to the north.

 Norway is one of the busiest countries, so as long as you cross this imaginary line, whichever option you choose will be perfect.

 Here the main cities to see the Northern Lights:

 

  • Tromso.

It was the destination chosen by us to contemplate the Northern Lights. Tromso is one of the largest cities in northern Norway; young and modern but without losing the natural charm that prevails throughout the country. If you have time, you can take tours to fish, see whales and visit a small Finnish town in passing.

 

  • Svalbard.

Fjords, glaciers, mountains, polar bears and the wonderful Northern Lights. This is the only place in the world where you can see the dancing northern lights during the day, because at this point on the planet, during the winter months there is NO sunlight. It is here that the largest seed bank in the world is located, better known as the vault of the end of the world.

 

  • North Cape.

It is one of the best places in the world to appreciate the Northern Lights. This place is the northernmost point that can be reached in Europe and its territory is divided between Norway and Finland.

 

  • Lofoten Islands.

Famous for its cod fishing and typical fisherman's cottages, the Lofoten Islands preserve their wild nature and the ideal environment to enjoy the Northern Lights.

 

some important questions to consider:

 The Northern Lights are FREE. Heaven does not charge for such a show. However, it is necessary to leave the city and get as far away as possible from the city lights to be able to contemplate them, that is why many people choose to pay for tours such as those mentioned above.

 

Prices may vary according to the time of year and especially to the location. For example, a tour in Svalvard can be 3 times more expensive than in Tromso, however the experiences can be very different.

 

NO AGENCY can guarantee the sighting of the Northern Lights. Although they tell you the opposite: the thing is simple, the Northern Lights are the product of Mother Nature and no one but her is in control.

 

About the specialized equipment for the cold that is included in the tours. In some places such as SVALVARD, the equipment is ESSENTIAL, since your life and the integrity and health of your limbs depend on it. You are practically at the north pole! Saving a few pesos does not apply here, your safety is at stake.

 

On the other hand, there are places not so extreme, (Tromso is one of them) where you can do without equipment. We experienced the Northern Lights in Skibotn, a town near Tromso, and although we were warmly bundled up, there was no need to pay for special equipment.

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