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Solar Maximum and the Northern Lights: Why you should travel to Tromsø, Norway in the next 3 years

Since November 2022, the Northern Lights have been incredibly strong in the north of Nordic countries. When the conditions permit, we have seen some of the strongest displays of lady aurora lately. NASA experts say that Solar Cycle 25 has only just begun and that this is only the beginning. But what does this mean?

The best time to see the Northern Lights in Northern Norway

Tromsø is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights (also known as aurora borealis). In recent times, our tour guides have been spotting incredible displays of this natural phenomenon with colours spanning pink, green, purple and even red on some evenings. Naturally, these spectacular displays are dependent on the local weather conditions. Cloudy or snowy evenings can prevent us from seeing the aurora borealis and the weather can be quite tricky to forecast in Tromsø.

According to experts, the chances to see amazing and strong Northern Lights will be higher in the next few years due to the Solar Maximum. But what is this?

What is the solar maximum?

The term Solar Maximum refers to a period of great solar activity during the Sun’s 11-year solar cycle, which stretches from the Solar Minimum to the Solar Maximum. During the Solar Maximum, large solar storms occur, meaning a period of higher Northern Lights activity and a dramatic increase in the chance of intense aurora. The next Solar Maximum is expected to peak in 2024/2025.

Which are the best months to see the Northern Lights?

Though the Northern Lights are always there, it’s impossible to see them during the daytime. This means that there are no Northern Lights observations during the summer in the Nordic countries because it’s bright around the clock due to the Midnight Sun phenomenon.

The best time to see the Northern Lights is during winter, which is from early September until mid-April. The best time of the day during this period is in the evening from 21:00 to 01:00. It’s possible to spot the Northern Lights earlier or later than this if you have a dark, clear sky and solar activity.

You need to keep in mind that the weather may suddenly change for the better or for the worse. If you are lucky, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights will improve. However, if you are unlucky, it may make it impossible to guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights during your stay. Consequently, we recommend allowing a few extra days, so you have the option of going on more tours.

You can also read all about the Northern Lights, what they are, what causes them and why Tromsø is one of the best places to see this natural phenomenon here.

Which Northern Lights tours are best to take in Tromsø?

You can choose between a variety of Northern Lights tours according to your requirements. If you are travelling with younger children (from age 4 to 10), or prefer a tour that includes a heated shelter with toilets, we recommend our Aurora Safari Camps due to the comfort and duration. If you are looking for a more flexible, smaller group experience, the  Aurora Safari Minibus is the best option for you.

If you would like to add a gastronomic experience to your tour, we definitely recommend our Northern Cuisine & Aurora Chase tour. This exciting tour combines a delicious homemade three-course dinner from a local Norwegian chef and an aurora chase.

You can also mix a reindeer and Sami culture experience with your Northern Light tour, go on a snowmobile tour in the evening with the possibility of spotting Northern Lights (weather permitting) and many other tours. Check all the options here.

Summer 2024: Top activities in Northern Norway, the land of the midnight sun

Summer 2024: Top activities in Northern Norway, the land of the midnight sun

Experience the enchanting phenomenon of the midnight sun, a natural wonder exclusive to the Arctic Circle, where the sun never sets during the summer months. This celestial occurrence transforms the landscapes of Tromsø and Lofoten into a magical realm of endless daylight, offering you an opportunity to explore the majestic beauty of Norway like never before.

Traveling to Tromsø and Lofoten this summer 2024: International Flights

Traveling to Tromsø and Lofoten this summer 2024: International Flights

As the summer of 2024 approaches, the enchanting landscapes of Northern Norway beckon travelers to embark on an unforgettable journey to Tromsø and Lofoten. These destinations, renowned for their breathtaking natural beauty, vibrant cultural scenes, and unique wildlife, stand out as must-visit locations.
With the increasing availability of flights to Tromsø in summer and routes extending to the magical archipelago of Lofoten, exploring these northern gems has never been easier. This surge in connectivity not only promises convenience but also opens up new possibilities for adventure and exploration in the heart of the Arctic.

Traveling between Lofoten and Evenes Airport – Airport Transfer with Arctic Route

Traveling between Lofoten and Evenes Airport – Airport Transfer with Arctic Route

Navigating the scenic route between the breathtaking Lofoten Islands and Evenes Airport, in Norway, is an essential part of any Arctic adventure. With the Arctic Route offering a seamless Airport Transfer service, your journey through this stunning landscape is not just a means to an end but an integral part of the experience. Discover Northern Norway with us!